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Author Topic: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips  (Read 20573 times)

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #60 on: August 29, 2016, 12:09:29 pm »
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #61 on: August 29, 2016, 03:47:21 pm »
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #62 on: October 23, 2016, 10:08:59 pm »
Kato Fiddleyard (from N Yorks NGS Meeting) - Grace Quay layout

build wooden tray to hold kato track fixed to wood strips


remove springs from unijoiners


use Kato converter track to link to Peco 55 (slot in baseboard to match rail heights) and cassettes plug into convertor track


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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #64 on: October 29, 2016, 02:47:17 pm »
Kato turntable - single track outlet mod

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http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35005.msg408589#msg408589

The second image is of the modified Kato turntable.. I wanted a single outlet spurr opposite the entry track so I could pull an Autocoach on to turn it around.  The Autocoach is too long with a loco attached to fit on the table.  Unfortunately Kato do not provide single track inserts or top covers.  I also found that by dropping the unit into the surface by 3mm I could connect track straight onto the outlets without using the special (expensive Kato pieces).  The TT also looks less bulky dropped by 3mm.  I love the TT even at it's high initial cost - it is just fantastic to use.
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #65 on: November 09, 2016, 07:22:36 am »
MAtching Kato points & Peco track

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35152.msg410999;topicseen#new

I've found that the Woodlands Scenic track underlay is just about the right thickness to match Peco track to Kato
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #66 on: November 09, 2016, 10:09:01 am »
Happy to read this thread as I had wondered about how to satisfactorily use Kato track on kit-built bridges and viaducts, where the Height of Kato track might be problematic, appearance wise. Now I know I can substitute Peco track on a low bed where required.

Thanks to all contributors and the OP. :thumbsup:
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #67 on: November 13, 2016, 04:04:25 pm »
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #68 on: December 13, 2016, 12:30:15 pm »
Having used Kato Unitrack for many years (since M G Sharp brought it to the Glasgow show) I now conclude that it is not the track for UK N gauge. I have taken the plunge and gone for Peco code 80 and I am having superb results. No more bouncy joints and no4 point derailments. Yes these things can be fixed after a fashion but it's supposed to be "plug and play". The smoother more realistic geometry of large & curved streamline points is worth the hassle of motorising them separately IMHO. Also a lot of space is wasted by the restrictive geometry of Unitrack. Just thought that if there was anybody about to take the plunge it's worth that bit extra thought.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #69 on: February 06, 2017, 11:09:28 pm »
About this number 4 points thing, do you need to take the rail out before filing or can you file with the rail in place if you have a small enough file?

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #70 on: February 07, 2017, 09:02:05 am »
See reply #23 by @Railwaygun in this post. FAQ No. 6 for info on the modification method.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #71 on: February 07, 2017, 10:46:40 am »
About this number 4 points thing, do you need to take the rail out before filing or can you file with the rail in place if you have a small enough file?

Do you actually have a problem with #4's? If not, leave well alone!
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #72 on: February 08, 2017, 12:31:40 am »
I was having a slight problem with one particular set (that had been glued down into a diorama!). I got out some very small files I'd bought on a whim, made just a couple of passes on the area as shown in diagram, and now I don't have the slight problem anymore and the derailments have stopped. It was something of a heart in mouth moment but situation is now good.   

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #73 on: February 09, 2017, 06:25:48 pm »
Ballasting Kato track

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=31623

note caveats re use of steel wool ! not recommended in my book!!

glue/bluetack a small disc magnet under a truck and tow it around the whole layout - you may be surprised by what is picked up! ( several buffers, track pins, kitchen sink..)

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #74 on: March 13, 2017, 12:22:04 am »
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