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Kato Unitrack System
« on: November 30, 2014, 02:29:38 PM »
I am looking for an easy to use as in lay,plug and play system with reliable running,integral electric points as my electrical knowledge is virtually nil.
This system has the advantage of integral ballast and whilst it may not be the most realistic looking and is of a limited setrack range it seems to have all the advantages that I need with my limited modeling and non existent electrical skills.
It also seems to be reasonably priced.
Does anyone have any experience of using this system or at least some first hand knowledge/experience of this make?
If so could they let me have the benefit of their experience,knowledge or views.
Many thanks.
Les
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Re: KATO UNITRACK SYSTEM
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2014, 02:49:22 PM »
Hi Used track and seen large set ups with it and it is fine, cannot recall name of layout at the mo but Kato track with additonal work = painting rail sides and weathered ballast an acceptable lift from train set to model railway is achieveable.

IT is robust and well made despite claims of a limited system it is well thoughtout  and quite adaptable. Several Traders stock it and points look expensive but come ready motored which is reality is a plug and play saving.
Kato also do a tram system and Tomix /tomytec do similar systems  and bus ways so a complex.
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Re: KATO UNITRACK SYSTEM
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2014, 03:22:18 PM »
Happy user here (mind you I live in Japan so it's hard not to be). The points are very easy to set up and use (none of this messing about with "SEEP" and "frogs" one reads so much about); however the #4 points do occasionally cause problems with certain kinds of stock (steam engines with leading bogies etc.). There's also no double slip, which may make it harder to use space efficiently.

I must admit I've started using Tomix track, which is a similar system, for elevated sections, though this does not appear to be widely available outside Japan.

See the video linked in my footer for an idea of what it looks like in operation (currently nothing fixed down, but even then is surprisingly robust and stable).
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Re: KATO UNITRACK SYSTEM
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2014, 03:33:17 PM »
I love the stuff, easy to assemble and easy to take down, never had a problem with Kato track or points, i have had about 6 different layouts and I just re use the track.

You can make it look realistic if you are prepared to use your imagination.

Good luck with your purchase you will not be disappointed.

By the way you can bodge #4 points so you do not have any problems it has been covered on the forum somewhere, I have never had any problem with these points at all.
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Re: KATO UNITRACK SYSTEM
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2014, 03:54:58 PM »
Hi Les

Having never got the hang of flexitrack and finding Peco Set Track to fiddly for my old hands I switched to Kato Unitrack and never looked back.

As others have said it's very robust, easy to assembly & disassemble, some of my locos do have a bit of trouble with #4 points but I am working on that.

It's strong enough for you to be able to make a few cuts in the base of a section so it flexes at the starts an incline.

You can disguise the plastic look by simply painting the points and spraying the rest of the track a suitable colour, maybe Tamiya Red Brown or Railmatch Sleeper Grime, you can even ballast it, if you have the patience.

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Re: KATO UNITRACK SYSTEM
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2014, 04:01:00 PM »
There is a double crossover available in the UK.

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Re: KATO UNITRACK SYSTEM
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2014, 05:28:47 PM »
I am a happy Unitrack user as it is just so easy and reliable to use. The points really are a doddle to set up!

You will find quite a bit of information on the forum about Unitrack so it is well worth searching for it.

Link to posts on the Watton Erith layout which you might find helpful - it shows how to disguise the plasticky nature of the track
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Re: KATO UNITRACK SYSTEM
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2014, 07:31:35 PM »
I am a happy Unitrack user as it is just so easy and reliable to use. The points really are a doddle to set up!

You will find quite a bit of information on the forum about Unitrack so it is well worth searching for it.

Link to posts on the Watton Erith layout which you might find helpful - it shows how to disguise the plasticky nature of the track

Many thnxs for your comments and indeed all the others also thanks for the reference to Watton Earth post,which was great.
I didn't understand the reference  to disguising the height/profile of the Kato track with foam board perhaps someone who does know what this means/is done could explain and I hadn't realised that Kato produced wooden and concrete sleepered versions of their track.
I will have to be very careful when I choose which to see if each of the ranges have the same range etc.of track sections points etc.
Many thanks.
Les
P.S. A very big thank you to everyone forl the very helpful hints/tips and information to date.A great help. :thankyousign:
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2014, 08:36:53 PM »
Hi Les,

I'm also a Kato convert, I'm using it on the Box file layout I'm building, I've tried to disguise the moulded road bed by using milliput modelling putty to 'feather' the edges of the moulded ballast to make it look wider and less uniform.

I then painted the milliput a mid grey and glued some Kato ballast sprinkled on. The whole lot was then weathered by painting the rails with a rusty brown enamel paint and then a wash of thinned rusty brown acrylic paint over the sleepers and roadbed

I'm happy with the way it's turned out and it was fairly straight forward.

Good luck with your progress

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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2014, 09:09:52 PM »
Hi Jason,
Ah I see,it looks very good indeed and what a realistic appearance you've ended up with,thanks for the excellent explanation and example.
Les
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2014, 10:17:24 PM »
Basically the Kato track has high simulated ballast shoulders and many modellers prefer to bring the surrounding landscape up to track level. When modelling British station platforms this is an absolute necessity to bring the platforms to the correct height.
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2014, 10:44:01 PM »
Basically the Kato track has high simulated ballast shoulders and many modellers prefer to bring the surrounding landscape up to track level. When modelling British station platforms this is an absolute necessity to bring the platforms to the correct height.

To be pedantic, when using anything other than Kato platforms. I've got a Tomix platform section temporarily in place with some Kato track and passengers currently have to leap upwards by 20cm over a 50cm gap to board trains.
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2014, 12:00:04 AM »

To be pedantic, when using anything other than Kato platforms. I've got a Tomix platform section temporarily in place with some Kato track and passengers currently have to leap upwards by 20cm over a 50cm gap to board trains.

That is quite a leap by mere mortal n gauge people - 20cm and 50cm  :worried:

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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2014, 12:36:40 AM »
Go to some local model railway shows - there is always a Kato layout and you can see it in action.

I have 150' of unit rack and find it a doddle to use, and if you want to reconfigure the lYout ,it takes minutes!

The electrics are all plug'n play and Al points are motorised, including the 4motor double slip. The points are metal frogged and can be powered / unpowered.

There are Kato starter sets from the dealers mentioned, and s/h track is a good buy.
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2014, 01:19:20 AM »

To be pedantic, when using anything other than Kato platforms. I've got a Tomix platform section temporarily in place with some Kato track and passengers currently have to leap upwards by 20cm over a 50cm gap to board trains.

That is quite a leap by mere mortal n gauge people - 20cm and 50cm  :worried:
That's in n-scale equivalent, if my calculations are correct.

(Also none of my people have wheels so technically aren't n-gauge :P )
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