NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org
Thu Aug 11 08:09:49 EDT 2011

Wow, Ed! That's a tight curve. I'll assume you know what you're doing
and have already decided it will work in your situation, and try to
answer the question.

I don't know of any commercial turnouts with curves that sharp. Have
you considered widening an N scale turnout? I also think you should
consider building the switch yourself - it's not as hard as you think.
Start with the tightest commercial turnout you can get (maybe a #2.5 or
#3 wye?) and reuse the frog and points. The stock rails are super
simple. You can also bend a straight turnout somewhat by cutting the
webs between the ties. A snap switch might bend far enough, though you
might have to tweak the length of the point rails to fit the new curve.

I really doubt you're going to buy something to fit there. You'll have
to build or modify something, in my opinion.


On 8/10/2011 7:47 PM, NW Modeling List wrote:

> What I really need is an outer of 15" and an inner radii of about

> 12=13" or so. HO code 83.


> I don't think I have the expertise to build it myself - anybody know

> of where I could buy one? I thought maybe a trolley stub switch might

> work but so far have drawn a blank.


> If anybody can help, thanks.


> *Ed Svitil*

> *Norfolk & Western Railway*

> **

Kenneth Rickman
Salisbury, NC

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