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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #60 on: September 26, 2019, 04:33:31 PM »
Hullo Leon,

I've only just seen your thread.

Like you, I'm using Kato track exclusively.

I've also put in a couple of reversing loops on my Swiss themed layout, Rhaetia. I will be using the Kato switches to reverse the polarity.

For fixing the track, I've used some tiny self tapping screws. I've drilled each piece of track for each screw using a pin vice. Took quite some time too! The cess and sides of the track will also be ballasted, so this will help fix the track.

I've used the Copydex method on a short freight siding on the layout.

I'll be watching this thread to see how you get on....
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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #61 on: September 26, 2019, 09:31:08 PM »
I'll be watching this thread to see how you get on....

Gizzy, I hope you'll see posts of others and can follow their experiences with Kato. There was really no alternative for me when I started. Nothing else came close to being so simple - though Kato does pose the occasional problems, as you've seen in this thread - and no doubt experienced yourself. Any problem is also reasonably simple to solve, however.

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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #62 on: October 21, 2019, 11:54:04 AM »
I am a total beginner and one of the major decisions I have to make is to go 'old school'  with Peco or for the ease of use of Kato. And having read through this thread I have to admit I am leaning toward the latter.  It has been said that it is more difficult to make a scenic layout look authentic with Kato but the information here seems to show that it can most certainly be done. 

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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #63 on: October 21, 2019, 12:18:12 PM »
Hi @Modelbry

At the risk of 'blowing my own trumpet', can I show the following two pictures?




There are both photographs of part of my layout 'Averingcliffe'and show how the Kato track can look in the scenery. Some people may say it does not look natural, but I like it.  ;)
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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #64 on: October 21, 2019, 12:29:58 PM »
Thank you very much dannyboy.  These pictures go a long way to making my leaning toward Kato a lot stronger. :)

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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #65 on: October 21, 2019, 01:13:56 PM »
Hi Modelbry,

If you are a beginner seriously go for it (Kato). I tried to start in the deep end with Peco flexitrack and nearly drowned, managed to swim back to Peco set track which was OK but couldn't do the electrics so ended up in the shallow end with Kato.

Easy electrics and the trains run so no frustration (well there's always a few niggly bits but they can be sorted). The track can be weathered, ballasted and disguised to quite a good look and all in your own time and learning curve as, in the meantime, you know the trains are running OK which is what it's all about.

Jump into the shallow end and have fun splashing around  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #66 on: October 21, 2019, 01:22:50 PM »
Hi Modelbry,

If you are a beginner seriously go for it (Kato). I tried to start in the deep end with Peco flexitrack and nearly drowned, managed to swim back to Peco set track which was OK but couldn't do the electrics so ended up in the shallow end with Kato.

Easy electrics and the trains run so no frustration (well there's always a few niggly bits but they can be sorted). The track can be weathered, ballasted and disguised to quite a good look and all in your own time and learning curve as, in the meantime, you know the trains are running OK which is what it's all about.

Jump into the shallow end and have fun splashing around  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thanks Weave.  I'm convinced :D

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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #67 on: October 21, 2019, 01:48:17 PM »
I'm convinced :D

Hooray, another convert to KAC - that's Kato Appreciation Club.  (Just made that up  ;))
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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #68 on: October 21, 2019, 02:40:57 PM »
I like that but I doubt Keith at Traintrax will be using it in any of his future advertising slogans  :no:  :D.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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« Reply #69 on: October 21, 2019, 03:59:51 PM »
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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #70 on: October 22, 2019, 06:45:34 AM »
I am in Japan quite often and just returned from my latest trip last week amidst wild typhoons, earthquakes and Rugby fans. This time I took the time to visit Kato HQ and picked up a few little bits and pieces cheaper than I can in Australia. Not that I am a Kato track builder, but here are some snaps of the big layout they have in the foyer. Including a 14 platform station...








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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #71 on: October 22, 2019, 06:53:46 AM »
How did I miss that when I was over there?  :(

Where exactly is Kato HQ?
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« Reply #72 on: October 22, 2019, 10:06:21 AM »
It's in Nishiochiai, North West Shinjuku City. Not exactly in the middle of anything, other than housing.

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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #73 on: October 23, 2019, 10:51:33 AM »
I'm not a fan of Unitrack from a realism point of view (although it's very user friendly), but that Kato layout looks good.

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Re: Kato Layouts - Design and Construction
« Reply #74 on: November 29, 2019, 11:05:26 PM »
I'm just converting my small (4' x 2') layout to Kato, and just deciding how to attach the track to my baseboard (12mm MDF), leaving me the option to lift and rearrange/extend the layout.

My Peco track pins are too short, are prone to bending and can be awkward to remove.

I can see mention on this thread of small screws.

So - my question - what screws or pins do people use, and what sizes . I see the Kato ones (24-015) - are these up to the job?

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