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Hullo from a New Member
« on: October 03, 2018, 12:01:16 pm »
Hullo,

my name is Gizzy, and I am just about to start building a Swiss RhB themed layout using the Kato products. I've been slowly amassing several locos, coaches and Uni-track over the last few months. I think I have the complete set of RhB rolling stock now, so I must get a wiggle on and start something this winter.

I've dabbled in N before, including building a layout at my MRC. I do have some UK N gauge, but it's the Swiss trains that get me excited!

I've noticed some members here are also with the G Scale Central forum, and I am currently building a layout in the garden, based on German/Austrian/Swiss stock.

I'll be picking your brains, especially regarding the Kato points and their operation....

Gizzy
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 12:05:51 pm »
 :welcomesign: Gizzy you’ve made a good start by joining the Forum we have some experts in all fields of the hobby so don’t be worried about asking questions ,there will be someone on here who can answer any problems you encounter.
Please let us all see your progress as we are a very nosey bunch of girls and guys.
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 12:15:01 pm »
Thanks Bob!

One of my first questions regarding the points. I've just received some No 4 points, and looked at their construction. I noticed that the point blades are one construction, and the metal frog. I assume these points are self isolating, as per Peco?

I intend to use the standard Kato controllers (I have acquired two) and their point control levers (I brought several at a MRX in Leeds last year at a bargain price!), so unlike my 'big train set', it'll be DC rather than DCC....
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 12:18:11 pm »
G'day from Australia, Gizzy, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

We have some experts on your chosen modelling choice, so please use the collective knowledge!
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2018, 12:35:49 pm »
 :hellosign: :welcomesign:
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2018, 02:17:09 pm »
 :sorrysign: Gizzy the only thing I know about Kato points is that my late mates Farish Black Five just wouldn’t go through a Kato number four point ,but there is a tutorial on here , if you search , that tells you how to modify  them ,unfortunately this was posted just after he passed away and his daughter sold all of his Railway so I never got the chance to try the modification .
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2018, 02:36:20 pm »
Welcome aboard Gizzy! :wave:
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2018, 03:20:07 pm »
How do, Gizzy, and welcome to the forum :wave:

For best advice on Kato track, an American chap named Mike Fifer has umpteen vids on YouTube about it, and many other guys/gals on here use it. Sadly I couldn't get on with it.

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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2018, 05:21:15 pm »
Welcome Gizzy  :NGaugersRule:

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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2018, 06:50:09 pm »
Hi Gizzy and welcome to the forum. Glad to see we have another Kato convert.  :thumbsup:. The no 4 points can be self isolating, depending on the position of a screw underneath. However, unless things have changed, the instructions under the point regarding the screw are wrong! There is plenty of information on the forum and internet regarding the correct positioning of the screw.  (Sorry I can not recall the details now).  The Mike Fifer referred to by NPN is here -

www.fiferhobby.com

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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2018, 08:40:07 pm »
Ah! A man from Cambridge!

Welcome from a fenland exile.

Can't help you with either Swiss railways or Kato track, though, sorry!  :(

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2018, 06:51:51 am »
Morning all!

Many thanks for the greetings and the linky to fiferhobby.

I'm using Kato rolling stock on Kato track, so I expect it should work 'straight out of the box'.

Although I might run the odd bit of British GF and Minitrix that I have from years ago too....

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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2018, 07:51:52 am »
Welcome to the forum Gizzy.  :)  I look forward to seeing your progress on the layout.

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Re: Hullo from a New Member
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2018, 08:40:39 am »
Welcome aboard.

Kato stock on Kato track is an excellent combination.  Kato 'N' scale is a thoroughly thought-out system.

The #4 points are fine with Kato trains, in my experience, but can be iffy with certain models from other manufacturers.  There is helpful information on the Forum about this.


Best wishes and happy modelling.

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