LGB R1 curves are excellent in the right circumstances

Gavin Sowry

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I haven't any points R1s or any other type!:)
Point of order, I got a dozen and a half, all R1. All in all, there is only one point where I considered using an R3, but cost, and the fact with careful maintenance, the R1 could handle Annie and Clarabel, the R1 stays.
 

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Well, here's an unusual take... when I started out, some 23 years ago now, I used a locally made LGB knock off flex track (5 foot lengths). I immediately set to, and bent it to LGB R1 geometry!
Logic was, I didn't have enough room, and allowed for the future by being able to fit in LGB turnouts on the curves quite easy. That original oval is still in operation, with a few alterations, but still R1.
But did you make the curves transition?
:D

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Gavin Sowry

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That sounds an interesting layout. Would you introduce some thread drift by elaborating on it, please?
Nice to see that some folks don't ruin perfectly good LGB Starter Sets :giggle:
 

Gavin Sowry

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But did you make the curves transition?
:D

PhilP
Oh, you mean that track arrangement that eases the rail from straight to full radius in the form of a cubic spiral, and the shift bisects, and is bisected by that said spiral ?
Short answer, two letters, neither of which is yes, life's too short, and complicated enough without having to bring work home into the hobby. :snooze:
 

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Oh, you mean that track arrangement that eases the rail from straight to full radius in the form of a cubic spiral, and the shift bisects, and is bisected by that said spiral ?
Short answer, two letters, neither of which is yes, life's too short, and complicated enough without having to bring work home into the hobby. :snooze:
Aaaawwh, spoil-sport!

I was under the impression that flex tended to do this on its own?

It is amazing, just what will go round an R1 curve..
It may require you to squint a bit, it does not look particularly nice, but does go round..

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That sounds an interesting layout. Would you introduce some thread drift by elaborating on it, please?
Well I actually prefer to watch trains go round, as opposed to shunting etc, (probably in the real minority I know, but each to his own). I also created the layout as a test to see if my method of track bed would work. After 3 years, I think the answer is yes. My next effort will definitely have points and a bit larger than it is now, although not much as my garden isn't big. Actually it's quite small, and I don't want to over power it with track work.
 

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Well I actually prefer to watch trains go round, as opposed to shunting etc, (probably in the real minority I know, but each to his own). I also created the layout as a test to see if my method of track bed would work. After 3 years, I think the answer is yes. My next effort will definitely have points and a bit larger than it is now, although not much as my garden isn't big. Actually it's quite small, and I don't want to over power it with track work.
Often just watching the train "tail chase" when relaxing can be therapeutic, but I also have an "out and back" when I want to be more involved.