Just something to pass along to you.
I am adding a large outer loop extension to my table. I wanted to use 042 curved sections, but could not find any.
I was in the local train shop yesterday, and they had a brand new box of tubular 036 curved sections. I don't know if they were Menards' or another brand. (The track pins are a bit smaller than the Lionel pins, so I assume it is Menards.)
So I bought six sections, because I have a long straight run of track, and want to add a half curve (90 degrees) to each end to connect it to the rest of the layout.
I hooked two sections of the new track together, but it didn't create a half curve. No problem, I'll just hook up the third section.
I was very surprised to find that adding the third section goes way past a 90 degree curve, and continues the curve back inward significantly past the 90 degree point. To get a 90 degree curve, it looks as if I will have to cut about a 3 inch piece off of the third curved section, and add that 3 inch piece to the first two sections.
What in the heck were they thinking when they designed this?