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Author Topic: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips  (Read 16508 times)

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #75 on: March 15, 2017, 11:59:18 pm »
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips - screw size for Kato points?
« Reply #77 on: April 21, 2017, 05:35:37 pm »
what size are the little screws that control power switching on #4 points?

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #78 on: April 28, 2017, 10:28:54 am »
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good reference for N-scale Curve track. http://www.fiferhobby.com/making-kato-unitrack-curves-using-multiple-sizes/ http://www.fiferhobby.com/making-kato-unitrack-curves-using-multiple-sizes/



Also a good site for Different Kato N-scale track configs. It's in Japanese, so you need to use Chrome and have the website translated.


http://jw-cad.fukurail.gozaru.jp/pattern/ http://jw-cad.fukurail.gozaru.jp/pattern/



Kato's Japanese website has a large amount of track plans. It's in Japanese, so you need to use Chrome and have the website translated.
http://www.katomodels.com/unitrackplan/ http://www.katomodels.com/unitrackplan/



Also at the bottom are 6 more pages of trackplans
http://www.katomodels.com/unitrackplan/plan_p1.shtml http://www.katomodels.com/unitrackplan/plan_p1.shtml


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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #79 on: May 25, 2017, 06:19:06 pm »
#4 point/turnout . Power routing - a perennial chestnut!

Point details

http://www.traintrax.co.uk/20220-turnout-left4-p-304.html

The solution is to ignore the printing under the point!

http://www.gaugemaster.com/articles/guides/kato_power_routing.html
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #84 on: October 13, 2017, 09:41:23 am »
Searching Kato and other sites, I cannot find any mention of what modellers do to replicate the british style traditional rail built  buffer stop on Kato track, is there something that suits or does one use a Peco SL-340 rail built stop?
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #85 on: October 13, 2017, 10:53:27 am »
The Peco sleeper type stop fits if you cut a small notch at the back
to allow it to sit on the rails of course the unijoiner should be removed.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips - DCC point control
« Reply #86 on: November 29, 2017, 10:49:20 am »
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Re: DCC automation of Kato point switches
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:23 pm (PST) . Posted by: davemc8992

Hi Andy, Apologies, yes, I confused myself. A normal Kato turnout has one solenoid, with two magnets, one at each end of the solenoid. The double crossover has four solenoids (one for each frog), all driven by the one power source. It is very much like four #6 turnouts cut down and joined together. The DS51K1 is quite small and does not push out enough power to drive the four solenoids at once. A decoder that pumps out the power needed for something like a Peco turnout, such as those on a DS64, should have no trouble handling the four solenoids in the double crossover, though still needs the bipolar circuitry for the Kato turnout. The single crossover is quite different. It mechanically flips both frogs together, even if you move one manually, It has a single solenoid down the middle for electronic operation. I expect the DS51K1 will handle that quite easily, I will probably be trying it soon. I mostly use Digitrax stationary decoders because that's what ! my local shop stocks. I have used another brand on a different type of turnout.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips - DCC control of points (2)
« Reply #87 on: November 30, 2017, 11:29:12 am »
1a Re: DCC automation of Kato point switches
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:12 am (PST) . Posted by: rk_dave

All of my powered Kato turnouts are DCC controlled: some using DS64s, and some using SwitchKats. I started using Digitrax DCC, so the DS64 was the natural way to go (because of the loconet interface). I have pushbuttons to toggle switch position, current sensors to control the turnout position at the end of a reversing loop, and store routes in the DS64's.

I switched to NCE DCC, so I had to do some interface work to make an independent "loconet" to keep the routes already programmed. I've added 6 more powered turnouts and use SwitchKats for those.



At the end of the day, the major differences are DS64s use pushbuttons to toggle switch position, while SwitchKats require SPDT momentary switches, and DS64s can have route information programmed into them using loconet while SwitchKats require routes to be stored in the Command Station.

Like others have mentioned, I use a separate power supply for the DS64's, so they are not using DCC track power.

If you are using Digitrax, I would recommend DS64s; if you are using NCE the SwitchKats might be easier to use (since NCE does not directly support loconet).

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