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Author Topic: Any grounding issues on your Kato track?  (Read 690 times)

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Re: Any grounding issues on your Kato track?
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2019, 09:54:34 AM »
It's not the ideal for a realistic model railway

I agreee with what @NeMo says apart from the above quote. (Sorry Nemo). Whilst I agree that it is not ideal, I like to think that a lot of the 'Averingcliffe' layout, (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=44061.msg551620#msg551620) has been made to look quite realistic. Well, I like it anyway.  :P
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Re: Any grounding issues on your Kato track?
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2019, 10:01:17 AM »
Oh, totally agree with you @dannyboy! Did my own Kato Unitrack layout some years back, and gussied up the track good enough for my own pleasure.

By not ideal I mean that you're dealing with HO track with non-British spacing to the sleepers; it's Code 80 rather than Code 55 (or better!); and of course you're limited to set-track radii and sectional pieces. The Unitrack pieces are also rather high because of the deep, shouldered ballast, which means carriages ride well above any platforms placed directly on the baseboard, and you're also dealing with limited clearance under things like tunnels and goods sheds unless you make allowances and raise these structures accordingly.

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Re: Any grounding issues on your Kato track?
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2019, 10:14:39 AM »
Again, I am agreeing with you @NeMo , but a lot depends on ones own requirements and need for accuracy. I did not know that it has non-British sleeper spacing until you just mentioned it. The set-track pieces can be changed slightly by careful use of a fine tooth saw and, whist the ballast shoulder is high compared with, say, Peco, it is easy enough to raise adjacent structures.  For my totally fictitious any era/location you want layout, I love it! Horses for courses etc.  :)  Incidentally, I like the weathering on the track in the picture.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Any grounding issues on your Kato track?
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2019, 10:19:15 AM »
Incidentally, I like the weathering on the track in the picture.  :thumbsup:

One thing I have learned in this hobby is that there are very few problems that cannot be hidden with a quick spray of grime-coloured paint out of a cheap airbrush!

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Re: Any grounding issues on your Kato track?
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2019, 10:52:50 AM »
This is one of the problems with the Unijoiners - they can be a little loose. I've noticed this with my small test oval of Unitrack.  It's the price you pay for a track system that's designed for rapid and repeated assembly and disassembly.   Properly securing the track to the baseboard should improve matters and level the joints.

Quick PSA: you can buy replacement joiners for a few quid, e.g., here:

https://www.traintrax.co.uk/24815-unijoiner-p-323.html

There's a tool that comes with many if not all Unitrack starter kits specifically for removing the joiners, should you need to do so. It's not really worth struggling with poor connections when a fix is quickly delivered by using new joiners.

Cheers, NeMo

PS FWIW, @Invicta Alec, I've never had problems with 'Westerns' on Unitrack, but neither of my 9Fs (despite having the pony truck spring kit fitted) will ride through Unitrack points reliably, either then #4 or #6 designs.

a small screwdriver blade inserted at the end of the unijoiner and twisted will eject them easily

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has built in point motors
plug'n play wiring
ready to run for DCC
links to tramtrack/P*C*
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has occasional problems!

anyone care to do a comparison with Peco?? (or add any advantages)

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Re: Any grounding issues on your Kato track?
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2019, 04:18:24 AM »
One thing I have learned in this hobby is that there are very few problems that cannot be hidden with a quick spray of grime-coloured paint out of a cheap airbrush!

I've not learned that trick, yet, but have learned that no track system is perfect, a lot of locomotives don't run well, and there is any number of problems building a layout!
One of these days I'll get to the point of running my trains and just before I do that I'm going to have to replace a few points that were gummed up when I ballasted. In my limited experience, there are always problems to overcome.

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