I've noticed that discussions about Kato Unitrack are spread over a large number of forums. As my first attempt at starting a new thread here on N-scale.org, I'd like to see if we can centralize our experience and collective knowledge with it into a single forum/thread. So here it is. I know that many of us use it (a minority to be sure), and I hope you'll share your experience with it. I know I love it as it's relatively easy to use, quick to set up and tear down, gives me more time to run trains instead of spending months laying track, and looks at least OK. It can also be easily weathered. I know some people even ballast it for a more realistic look. To start, here are some links I've found to be of value recently:
Kato Unitrack N-scale links you may find helpful:
“Tuning” Kato Unitrack switches for better performance of both #4 & #6 size switches/turnouts: http://community.webshots.com/album/...jlGNcs?start=0
About Unitrack - This link addresses the following topics with links to other resources: 1. Why pre-ballast track?; 2. Other brands; 3. Buying Unitrack; 4. Unitrack tips; 5. Unitrack resources: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/3580/uniback.htm
Kato Unitrack Tips:
Kato Unitrack forum on AtlasRR.com:
I hope several of you will find them valuable. I'm particularly interested in the first one listed...as #4 switches "may/can" be a little tricky at times. There is useful info listed in the other links too...and lastly I've included the Kato USA link which even has some video that's interesting...like on the Kato GS-4 Steam Locomotive pulling 18 Kato SP Daylight cars up and over a 4% incline with no trouble. Kato isn't just a one "steamer" outfit anymore, and this adds to the popular Mikato.
Please include lots and lots of pictures of your Kato layouts so that we who use it can gain from and enjoy them! Thanks!