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Minimum radius curves for a Bridget locomotive

Peterwright

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Posted: Mon 20th Sep 2010, 7:34am
Minimum radius curves for a Bridget locomotive

Can anyone tell me how small a radius curve you can run a 7 1/4" gauge Bridget locomotive on.I have been given to understand that she and her smaller sister Jessie will negotiate very tight curves of about 16' radius. I am very limited for space but would like to have a small circle with points at each end of the line. Also is there any information available on rail bending tools/ techniques.
Peter
 

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dennisrayner

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Posted: Fri 1st Oct 2010, 5:16pm

My 5" / 7¼" garden railway is an oval with 12' 6" radius curves at each end. I have used PNP plastic sleepered track with maximum gauge widening. I have some 7¼" bogies with 11" centres which go round the curves with no problem at all. I am building a 7¼" gauge Hunslet to the Reeves / Elidir design and I have pushed the chassis around the curves with apparently no problem. You do need to make sure that the curves are laid flat and you can't go too fast but with a small circuit you wouldn't want to. I'm afraid I don't know the Bridget/Jessie designs but I hope my experiences help.
If you are interested, this is a link to my railway.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwFwAEy4mLk
Regards
Dennis
 

Peterwright

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Posted: Sat 2nd Oct 2010, 6:46pm

Hi Dennis. Thanks for your reply. It sounds like I will be OK. I had a look at your layout on youtube and it looks good.
Regards
Peter
 
 
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