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 Posted: Mon Apr 19th, 2010 11:30 am
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I am using Kato Unitrack to build a Time-Saver switching layout.  I was thinking about having the magnets under the plastic ballast.  Will HO scale under-the-track magnets work?  Can they be cut to fit?  You guys that use this wonderful track, what do you use for magnets?  Do you use Kato's uncoupling track?

 



Here is the trackplan that I have drawn.  Kato #6 turnouts are used.  The smaller tracks are Kato's uncoupler tracks.  The board size is 12 inches X 54 inches.



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 Posted: Thu May 6th, 2010 09:06 am
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I guess none of you use Kato's Unitrack.  That is a shame, because it is the best track available for nscale trains.  It blows the doors off all other track.  Like many of you, I used Atlas and Peco track.  I had nothing but problems with locomotives stalling on the turnouts and cars derailing.  I was so frustrated with Atlas and Peco track that I almost quit the model railroading hobby.  I remember going into my local hobby shop one Friday evening complaining to the poor guy behind the counter about the problems that I was having.  A customer overheard me and asked if I had ever tried the Kato Unitrack.  I said no and asked him what is so special about it.  He told me that he never had the problems that I was having.  So, I switched to Kato Unitrack and I am glad that I did.  I have never had a locomotive stall or derail on the Kato #6 turnouts and I have never had any problems.  Also, the Unitrack holds together really well and looks great.  No more stupid cork roadbed or gluing down ballast with a fricken eyedropper.  I do not know why people still insist on using Atlas or Peco track when they could be using Kato Unitrack instead.    :)

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I'll go with that. I'm going to use kato track on my next layout. Unfortunately, none of the LHS carry it so its on line I'll go.:bang: Love to support my LHS but what can you do when they don;t stock what you need???:doh: I'm also looking at Tomix really narrow radius for my Micros (again on line).:thumb:

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Could you post a picture of the different types of track? I'd like to see what they look like. Maybe the big difference is price when it comes to buying track. Like so many other things,you get what you pay for.   Pete



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nscaleworld.com wrote: I guess none of you use Kato's Unitrack.  That is a shame, because it is the best track available for nscale trains.  It blows the doors off all other track.  Like many of you, I used Atlas and Peco track.  I had nothing but problems with locomotives stalling on the turnouts and cars derailing.  I was so frustrated with Atlas and Peco track that I almost quit the model railroading hobby.  I remember going into my local hobby shop one Friday evening complaining to the poor guy behind the counter about the problems that I was having.  A customer overheard me and asked if I had ever tried the Kato Unitrack.  I said no and asked him what is so special about it.  He told me that he never had the problems that I was having.  So, I switched to Kato Unitrack and I am glad that I did.  I have never had a locomotive stall or derail on the Kato #6 turnouts and I have never had any problems.  Also, the Unitrack holds together really well and looks great.  No more stupid cork roadbed or gluing down ballast with a fricken eyedropper.  I do not know why people still insist on using Atlas or Peco track when they could be using Kato Unitrack instead.    :)
 

My entire new ACTRR is all Unitrack and I have had 0 issues. There are many ways to modify it and make it do what you want. I see no reason you could not cut the roadbed to fit the HO magnets.

You may want to look at this as well.



 

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Hi there I'm in Australia and very few hobby store have Kato Unitrcack and if they do its costly, so I purchase it directly from Japan. I'm a Japanese Rail Fan and I purchase mostly Kato but sometimes Tomix, Micro ace nothing else. The range of stuff is huge but one thing that has given me a problems is they haven't produced a curved switch in N so I just may need to modify on myself. The track is great and the best. I us mostly #4 turnouts and a double viaduct for my Bullet trains. I am about to convert all my power units to DCC using Easy DCC and will start looking for Decoders soon. Anyway I'm sure your on the right track Cheers:2t:



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