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Old 20-04-2018, 06:39 PM   #1
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I am thinking about doing a small N gauge layout. What are your thoughts on Kato Track please?
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Old 20-04-2018, 06:50 PM   #2
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Obviously Iíve never used it but it looks very expensive to me.
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Old 20-04-2018, 07:39 PM   #3
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I looked at it but bought Peco flexi, as you get more bang for your bucks
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Excellent track indeed, hattons are the best price.
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Thank you for the replies. I like the Peco 'more bang for your buck' but my eye sight and prefers the simplicity of the Kato track.
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Gosh, and i am 74, and just building Z gauge. john
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Gosh, and i am 74, and just building Z gauge. john
Blimey John, you must have really good eye sight and nimble fingers to build Z gauge. I was looking at some Z gauge yesterday, beautiful models etc. but so tiny.
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Old 21-04-2018, 01:13 PM   #8
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Trick with Kato track is to get hold of some OO precut cork underlay strips which have a chamfered edge - turned upside down it will butt up to the Kato track and hence level it better than the rather steep edge the Kato trackbed has. There can be an issue with the No 4 points in that clearances are tight to the check rails and some locos that have low set pick up wipers effectively get stuck - remedy is to file back the check rail sufficiently.
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Trick with Kato track is to get hold of some OO precut cork underlay strips which have a chamfered edge - turned upside down it will butt up to the Kato track and hence level it better than the rather steep edge the Kato trackbed has. There can be an issue with the No 4 points in that clearances are tight to the check rails and some locos that have low set pick up wipers effectively get stuck - remedy is to file back the check rail sufficiently.
Thank you Mike.
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Old 22-04-2018, 03:42 PM   #10
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Having used peco and/or fleischmann for several layouts I tried Kato for my latest. There's nothing to dislike. It simply works and if the height worries you that can be solved by raising the surrounding ground level.
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