Reply to "Questions on S Scale"

>> comparing 3 rail O to S that while, yes - S is smaller, the turning radii are not all that much different. 

True or not true?

 

If building a layout is in your future, the radius of the track is of minor consequence compared to the size of structures.  Compare the actual square footage needed for a large passenger station between O and S.  Most O layouts cannot accommodate a properly-sized large structure -- like a roundhouse with more than two or three stalls.  With S, many large structures can be fitted into the available space much easier. 

 

In addition, the appearance of two-rail track beats the 3-rail stuff hands down.  And, the similarity of track radius does not address the issue of realism.  An S train on 20" radius curves looks a heckuva lot more realistic than an O train on 16" radius curves. 

 

If minimum radius is your goal, perhaps HO trains would be a better choice.  N scale goes down to 9" radii.  Food for thought....

 

Just contemplating.......Ed L.

 

Ed Loizeaux, San Francisco Bay Area



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