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Author Topic: Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question  (Read 184 times)

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Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question
« on: April 04, 2020, 05:43:05 PM »
I'll try for a proper review sometime but as this is my first N scale loco purchase what I really want to know is what minimum radius curve can this run on? It is a Minitrix 16011 4-6-2 with tender produced in 2018 and quite long. I have the loco but now I need to design a layout!

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Re: Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 06:25:23 PM »
It may be that Al from The Bridge at Remagen my be able to help. He uses a lot of different steam locos.
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Re: Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2020, 07:42:10 PM »
Hi, the Minitrix pacifics with tender drive (BR 01, 01.5, 01.10, 03, 03.10) should go through radius 1 (Minitrix R1 = 194.6 mm) without problems.

But don’t be tempted to build as compact as possible. There are many locomotives that won’t go through R1 or R2 (~230 mm), e.g. Hobbytrain claims 250 mm minimum for their BR 18 pacifics.
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Re: Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 08:07:54 PM »
Here's the product page (from which you can get to the instruction leaflet).

https://www.trix.de/en/products/details/article/16011/

I don't see any mention of specific limitations with regard to minimum radius.  That would lead me to agree with Peter that I'd expect the loco to be able to take Minitrix's tightest radius.  It's rare that a mainstream manufacturer would produce a model which won't work on their existing loyal customers' layouts, even if some small compromises are required to achieve it  :D

I have minimum 9" radius on the hidden parts of my layout, which is wider than Minitrix R1,. I've yet to encounter a Minitrix loco which won't run round quite happily.

As suggested, always go for the largest radius you can accommodate, it looks better, runs better and puts less strain on mechanisms.
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Re: Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2020, 09:18:42 PM »
Hi husafreak,
Minitrix 16014 (01 202) is basically the same model and I can confirm that it has no problems negotiating 9" radius curves.
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Re: Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2020, 05:42:15 PM »
Thank you for the replies! That gives me the confidence to buy a starter set loop, those always come with min radius curves, and maybe even a Roco/Trix DCC control unit ;). I certainly agree that tight curves don't look as good or even good at all with long coaches. I am probably going to model a shelf type linear layout. Maybe 96" x 18", using flex track and long points, then loop back with those min radius curves behind the backdrop. I'll have that back section detachable for showing or the odd "day out".

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Re: Minitrix 01 118 4-6-2 steam question
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2020, 02:00:57 PM »
Kato Unitrack may be easier to come by in UK - Train Trax is an NGF advertiser and is recommended by many members

see Unitrack threads for track planners/ dimensions etc

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7079.0
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