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Re: Kato Unitrack wire colour
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2020, 04:43:48 PM »
Yes Tomytec and Tomix are brands within the Tomy group.


I believe the Kato adapter track 20-045 is actually intended for joining Tomix and Kato track together. It has a recess to take the Tomix joiner thingy  :)









Yes Nick,

I recently brought a couple of 20-045 tracks to connect to Tomix Tram Track to Kato sleeper track, and although you have to use a little care, it does work....

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Re: Kato Unitrack wire colour
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2020, 01:44:07 AM »
Yes Tomytec and Tomix are brands within the Tomy group.

Yup; "Tomytec" is a more recent (early 2000s) brand which IIRC emerged from another segment in the Takara-Tomy group using different production processes to turn out a range of vehicles/scenic items/unpowered (but motorisable) models.

I believe the Kato adapter track 20-045 is actually intended for joining Tomix and Kato track together. It has a recess to take the Tomix joiner thingy  :)





Yup, the purpose is to allow a non-destructive combination of the systems. Has the disadvantage that you can only join a straight piece of Tomix track (or possibly a larger-radius) curve to the Kato track, but doesn't help if you want to say have a Kato point joined to a Tomix bridge.

As both are code 80, in theory removing the Kato unijoiner . snipping off the Tomix joiner thingy and fiddling around with the fishplates (helpfully Kato and Tomix have standardized on opposite sides...) should work. A ca. 1mm shim might be needed underneath the Tomix track.

Tomix have also (fairly recently) introduced adapter track for other systems (part numbers 1529 and 1530).
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Re: Kato Unitrack wire colour
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2020, 05:15:19 PM »
is that a Tomix vibrating track cleaner on the Left?? if so, I will have to get some adapter tracks!
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Re: Kato Unitrack wire colour
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2020, 06:28:21 PM »
is that a Tomix vibrating track cleaner on the Left?? if so, I will have to get some adapter tracks!

Yes it is. Bought one a couple of years ago to try, but tbh it's sat in its box and not been played with beyond powering up to test.  If I do find it effective the plan will be to install one on each main line (Peco trackwork).   Might get around to some trials one day :-)
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Re: Kato Unitrack wire colour
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2020, 08:41:22 PM »
is that a Tomix vibrating track cleaner on the Left?? if so, I will have to get some adapter tracks!

Yes it is. Bought one a couple of years ago to try, but tbh it's sat in its box and not been played with beyond powering up to test.  If I do find it effective the plan will be to install one on each main line (Peco trackwork).   Might get around to some trials one day :-)

i put a spot of iPA on the cleaning strips to help get the muck off
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Re: Kato Unitrack wire colour
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2020, 12:00:49 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. I think I know what I am doing now!

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Re: Kato Unitrack wire colour
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2020, 03:58:37 PM »
is that a Tomix vibrating track cleaner on the Left?? if so, I will have to get some adapter tracks!

Yes it is. Bought one a couple of years ago to try, but tbh it's sat in its box and not been played with beyond powering up to test.  If I do find it effective the plan will be to install one on each main line (Peco trackwork).   Might get around to some trials one day :-)

i put a spot of iPA on the cleaning strips to help get the muck off

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