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Offline vincey68

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kato track in a small space
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:37:49 PM »



hi again all ..decided to remove track an ballast from above layout for a project for my son as the track points were damaged beyond repair ..my question is (as he wants Kato uni-track instead of the norm) could i possibly fit a kato loop into a space of 49 cms by 170cm with sidings just so he can carry on his shunting ..thanks in advance

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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 12:00:34 AM »
There are Kato curves with a radius of 216mm, which would give an oval diameter
of 432mm which would fit in the space available, not sure if there would be
sufficient space for a siding outside the oval, perhaps all sidings would
have to be inside.

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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 12:01:38 AM »
216mm radius track is available, but are you sure about those dimensions?
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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 12:17:21 AM »
Do you meen something like

those corners are gonna be kinda tight though

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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 07:45:29 AM »
Do you meen something like

those corners are gonna be kinda tight though


the original board is 6ft x 2ft 6in ..we wanted to leave the scenery on which brings the space for track  down to 49 cm x 170cm ...track plan looks good ..we've on got a Class J39 0-6-0T 64841 loco and a few small wagons at the moment so tight corners are not so much a problem
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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 08:04:24 AM »
The problem you're likely to find is that the Kato geometry won't match whatever track system has been used (Peco?).  Curves won't follow the same track bed, points won't fit the same locations etc, double track spacing won't be the same.  You'll end up having to modify the scenery and could end up with a mess. Sometimes it's better just to write the layout off and start again if you want to change track systems.

Can you not replace the damaged points?  How bad are they - post some piccies?      Presume this is why the layout was disposed of in the first place?
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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 08:41:50 AM »



hi again all ..decided to remove track an ballast from above layout for a project for my son as the track points were damaged beyond repair ..my question is (as he wants Kato uni-track instead of the norm) could i possibly fit a kato loop into a space of 49 cms by 170cm with sidings just so he can carry on his shunting ..thanks in advance


Hi,

Think there was confusion of board dimensions and track dimensions. That's a nice plan by themadhippy but if you go with Kato 20-100 curves (249 mm) that would give a 9 3/4" radius and only be a little over your 49 cm.

You could then fit that pretty much exactly on the three sides (right hand side and top and bottom) and then play with the left hand side as if you've got to lift the track (also buildings?) and make a mess anyway then that shouldn't be so bad.

Just got up so sorry if talking rubbish.

Anyway, hope helps.

Cheers weave.
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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 09:12:47 AM »
thanks so much for all your help..got up this morning to find half of the track pulled up by the ever impatient son so looks like themadhippy track plan replacing the 20-170 curves with 20-100 is a go don't mind messing with the left hand scenery/buildings ..will keep you all updated on progression  :thankyousign: :NGaugersRule:

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Re: kato track in a small space
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 09:54:36 AM »
Hi vincey68,

Sounds like it's good to go. Looking forward to the progress....

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