Christtking wrote:I got ya! The thing that I don't understand is that those norms are set by a NEM stardadization organization over there in Europe that the companies are asked (or forced?) to follow them? The companies should take in consideration that their products are sold over seas also. I guess they can not please everybody all the time.
European manufacturers do not follow the NEM standard regarding the smallest curve radii - with very few exceptions which have a very tiny share of the market: TT-filigran + Art&Detail.
Big manufacturers make their products (also) for the toy train segment of the market. That is why Tillig's and Kuehn's curves are sharper than NEM. The other manufacturers do not have their own track system and the customers expect from them that the models would be able to run on Tillig, Kuehn, and even Zeuke/BTTB track.
It is possible to make a layout according to NEM out of Tillig track (by not using radii which are smaller than NEM), it is not possible to make it out of Kuehn track (unless you only make an oval out of flex-track).
Remember, nobody is forced to follow NEM. Furthermore, anything built according to NMRA standard is also OK according to NEM. It is not the standard forcing companies to follow it, it is something much stronger than any standard: .... money !