Re: Rokuhan L55 turnout review
- Thanks Garth. I think that quite a lot of people have been waiting to see how these turnouts performed.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Garth Hamilton <garth.a.hamilton@...> wrote:
> I received a pair of these turnouts from Rokuhan on Friday and spent
> the weekend playing with them with some interesting results.
> The Ternout is R127mm 26 degree arc and using the R127mm 26 degree
> curved track your parallel tracks is spaced 25mm apart, just like the
> L110m R429mm 13 degree turnout. To fit into a layout you might need
> a couple of L55mm pieces of straight to maintain a balanced geometry
> on you layout.
> How did I test them
> I set up on 9ft of straight track and used the two L55 turnouts to
> create a siding one one side of nine feet of straight track. and on
> the other side I created another siding using the L110mm turnouts for
> comparison. So this gave me room to operate an SD40-2 with 6 cars
> through the passing siding and back to the main.
> What works,
> Micro Trains F7, GP7 GP35 SD40-2,
> Marklin 2-8-2, 2-6-0, 4-6-2, 4-6-0, 0-8-0, 0-8-8-0, short 4 axle diesel, GG1
> AZL RDC, early GP38-2 (Rogue)
> Tenshodo D51
> Crown (PRMLoco) EF65,
> Pro-z (Tokyo Mauri) EF62, E231,
> Rokuhan 113
> RealZJ aka Plus Up & Akia 485,
> GHQ K28, Westmodel or Aspen model k27,
> Eisen Platz/Ftoys Sinkansen
> every piece of freight I have with talgo trucks (truck with coupler attached)
> every passenger car I have with talgo trucks
> What did not work
> Tenshodo C62 4-6-4
> The C62 pilot truck derails at the point where it enters the frog with
> the outside guard rail at the frog, and I am experimenting to see if I
> can adjust back to back on lead axle of pilot truck to get it to work
> or if changing the guard rail will make it happen.
> Early Micro Trains 50ft cars with body mounted couplers.
> any cars in my fleet that are over 50ft in length and I have converted
> to body mounted couplers. However many of these 50ft cars with body
> mounts cars were okay if you just went through curve to a piece of
> straight track instead of going through an s bend to run parallel to
> the main.
> What does not look good is a judgement call and I leave that for each
> individual to assess. For me they look okay in industrial areas and
> small industrial yards using 40ft or shorter freight cars. They did
> not look good with passenger cars even though they ran well.
> what was marginal
> double headed SD40-2 with pilot mounted coupler, double headed GP35
> with pilot mounted coupler ( Double headed GP7 with coupler mounted
> on truck was fine.
> I did not like the look of long passenger cars or long freight cars
> working through this turnout even if they got through it without
> problems in Z scale however in Nn3 scale it was much more acceptable
> primarily because the narrow gauge car length of passenger and freight
> cars is relatively short compared to standard gauge cars in Z scale.
> What was not tested
> AZL SD75
> AZL GP35
> AZL Cab Forward, challenger, GS3 or any other brass locomotives.
> Marklin many electrics and diesels
> In summary I would say any car or engine with couplers mounted on the
> trucks will work fine any car or engine with pilot or body mounted
> couplers is a question mark initially, until tested. Conversion of
> turnout from power routing as it is supplied as standard to non power
> routing, like Marklin and Micro trains was simple and quick, I just
> installed two screws in the bottom plate and voilà non power routing,
> and the screws were included with the turnout, as are the instructions
> plus there is a video on the Rokuhan channel on You Tube. The turnout
> comes with one 55mm straight specially trimmed so you can fit a piece
> of track on diverging exit from turnout. The R127mm 13 degree curve
> comes in a package of 2 and that is an additional purchase.
> regards Garth