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  1. Alrighty guys, stupid question here: Since Kato doesn't make non-banked curved viaduct track, how hard is it to remove the double track that came attached to the viaduct? Is it just screwed in? And if that's true, would I just be able to unscrew it and glue two single curved pieces of track onto it, assuming the screw holes don't match up? I'd like to change the geometry of the standard Kato viaducts to get 22.5-degree curves instead of the standard 45-degree curves, just for a change. Or is there a better way to do this? I'd try it for myself, but the track hasn't arrived yet.
  2. Tomix spacing is 37mm; Peco setrack is 35mm; Kato is 33mm; and Peco 55 is 26mm. Now I know that Tomix and Peco setrack are fine for 11inch (280mm) and 12.5 inch(315mm) curves in parallel for long coaches not to hit each other, and, I know that Peco 55 spacing is probably a little narrow. But what about Kato? I am looking at variation pack V14. I have read that the spacing is a little tight for longer rolling stock to pass each other. Does anyone know if this is 'internet expert logic' or reality? In my mind, and shifting peco track a couple of m
  3. Hello All, Having a break from the kiha 40 build, I looked at dcc'ing a kato dd51. I had not removed the body from the dd51, just looked up on the net about dcc for the dd51 and from what I saw, the loco was not dcc ready, but some had used the circuit board for the ef65 to dcc the dd51. So, I ordered a circuit board. A bit later I got round to taking the body of the dd51 and found that it was already fitted with the same circuit board as an ef65, complete with 8 pin socket! With the ordered circuit board already in the post, I got round to thinking what else I could use it for.
  4. Hi everyone! Can anyone tell me what is the part number for the KATO E4 Max diaphragm coupler (between each car in a set, NOT the nose couplers!). I was thinking that while I am in Kyoto & near the KATO shop I should try to get some.... one of my E4 Max trains has a single broken coupler. On the motor car. The retaining pin on the bottom has gone, so whenever the train enters a curve, the motor car causes the whole train to derail! Not very prototypical for the Shinkansen..... Ewan
  5. I had an issue with the detection tracks that KATO supplies with the KATO 20-652 Automatic Crossing Gate. These are only available as 62 mm tracks. In my lay-out the rail crossing is located in the tracks leaving the station. The barriers should close when a train leaves the station. If I installed a single detection track after the turnout before the signal, the barriers would close too late. Because the crossing is quite close to the station, I needed two detection tracks, one at the end of each platform such that the barriers close when either train A or B leaves the station (see photo).
  6. Dear Japanese train modelling enthusiasts, Happy New Year to you all! I have a question to you. I need to add catenary supports to a single track viaduct made up with the KATO 20-400 viaducts and the 23-017 piers (as shown below). The packaging of these items does not give me any clue on how to fix the catenary supports to these piers. Does any of you know of a clever way of doing it? Kind regards, Jan Photo's are taken from the Sumida;s Crossing site (my first go-to place for such questions).
  7. This is probably a stupid question: I am looking for a (preferably European to avoid import duties) supplier, of the kind of blue-white wires similar to those used by Kato for the track power supply. I need to extend the standard track power wires while avoiding the relatively expensive KATO extension wires (263 Yen for less than 1 meter wire) as well as the KATO distribution box (see the pics below). I also want to use them to make my own version of the Kato wired Uni-Joiner.
  8. Hello all, recently I picked up a pair of Kato 285-series sunrise express sets and though they haven't arrived yet, I'm already planning on making some modifications. The biggest and most visual will be the addition of a diaphragm and open doors on the end cars of the -0 and -3000 series sets. I know the Kato Shop Osaka used to sell a set of these cars with the diaphragm already installed, but I just can't justify paying that much for it, and it seems like an easy thing to do myself. My questions are what would be the best way to cut the doors out of the front of the cars? Would any
  9. TimWay4

    My first build

    A few weeks ago the model railway club I belong to had it's open day, I had decided a while back that I wanted to build something and that it would be ready to take down if there was space and they wanted me to display it. The picture attached is what I ended up with, it's nothing much and despite wanting to start something in January I actually only really started two weeks before the show. To start with I was sure I wouldn't need 8 months to build something, so for a long while I put it off, then about 2 months before the show I started to work on a track plan, after a few attempts I came up
  10. Shinchipboard

    Newest Kato kinematic type coupler

    Hi, I have a Kato 10-1178 24 class sleeping car blue train. Question is. How do I fit a coupler that my locomotive can hook up to? All the coaches have this tiny kinematic style buckeye that I can find no information about on the web and try as I might I can't seem to fit an Arnold or any other type of coupler. I have recently returned to Japanese N and I didn't expect this. Even thinking of slapping an MT body mount in there as this is the way id like to go with auto uncoupling at terminus station. :icon_puke_r:
  11. I have a question to which I could not find a definitive answer to about KATO 20-652 Automatic Crossing Gate (the Japanese version, not the American version 20-652-1). http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10170394 What kind of power supply is supplied with this item in European, Asian, and American markets? Are they compatible/interchangeable with the KATO Powerpack power supplies? I have found out through experience that KATO provides (for the Powerpacks) two different 110V power supplies for the US and Japan, and NOCH provides a 230V power supply (they actually supplied two different ones, in 2016
  12. VentureForth

    Shinkansen 0-Series

    My dearly beloved wife bought me a very nice Kato set (probably way over paid for it, too). It's the 10-453, 8-Car 0-Series Tokaido Shinkansen. I have a couple of questions. I noticed that it came with Rapido couplers. I really like the Tomix TN couplers that I have on my 201-series Chuo line set. Can Tomix TN couplers be fitted to Kato's Shinkansen? If not, how about magna-matic (though less prototypical)? I hate to mess with something new in the box, especially a classic like this, but Rapido just won't do!
  13. Yavianice

    Question about V12 set slopes

    Hi all, I have been contemplating buying a V12 and V13 track set to add to my existing V11 track set, as I would love to have a third dimension for my trains. However, I am nervous buying one. Are trains able to comfortably run up these slopes, with and without traction tires? Does it wear down the engine faster of the trains because of the stress of going up and down hill (e.g. slipping wheels etc.)? Anything else I should know? My train collection mostly consists of Kato Shinkansen trains (ranging from 6 to 12 cars). Thanks!
  14. Hi all! I have a KATO Unitrack layout and I am looking into getting a station for my track. The station area (at ground level) has place for 3 platform islands and is around 4-8 x 248 mm in length. I have looked into the stations that KATO produces, but I was generally underwhelmed by what KATO has to offer. The rural trainstation set does not fit the layout, and the island platforms of the ‘old style’ and ‘new style’ I find a bit underwhelming in terms of looks and expandability (the old style bridge can only be connected to 1 platform, while the new style bridge can only accommodate 2 is
  15. Hello, I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to adding DCC to HO models. Thought I'd put it in the HO section, rather than the DCC section as it's dedicated to HO. I have been building a small collection of HO stock for several years now, in preparation for when I can eventually build a layout to run them on. Although it's still likely to be some time before I can build a layout, it would be nice to know how to dcc models, especially as quite a number of Japanese models are not at all dcc friendly! To get the ball rolling, I recently purchased a second hand
  16. mattdwnunder

    Kato Yo3500

    The Kato Yo3500 (8035-1) is said to be a Shinetsu Type. I am interested in replicating a Hokkaido based unit such as 4413. Other than renumbering is there anything to do other than some really tiny reporting marks - I am illiterate in Japanese anyway - that need be done to replicate the model I am wanting to have?
  17. Has anyone had problems with the trucks on kato passenger cars melting? I've had two SuHa43 series cars (5133, 5134) on which the sideframes and the plastic parts of the axles have melted. After running for only a few hours, on and off, three of the four trucks on the two cars had each overheated the inboard axle, to the point that the car derailed, and the axle fell out of the truck. The first one, the plastic part of the axle melted in two, while the others the sideframe warped to the point that it could no longer hold the axle in place. I can't find replacements for these trucks (
  18. Wich voltage output do Tomix or Kato use? Is the direct home current (110v or 220v) or there is a transformer wich reduces output voltage?
  19. Takahama Trainwatcher

    Mystery piece fell off my DE10

    Greetings all. I was starting on a decoder installation for my DE10 (Kato 7011-2). As I carefully, gently started to remove the shell, a small black plastic part of length approximately 5 mm fell off. I'm stumped if I can work out where it belongs. If anyone can point me in the right direction for reattaching this part in the right location, I would appreciate that. The 3 attached photos show the part in question. Thanks! TTW
  20. Hi, I was wondering if anyone would have a wiring diagram for use with a Kato 20-210 double crossover? I want to use it at the end of a double track line in the throat of a 2 track terminus station, so that trains can arrive and depart from either of the 2 terminal tracks, and any other trains in the other platform of the station are isolated. It's a DC operation not DCC. Thanks in advance
  21. The Next Station Is...

    My DCC installations in Kato trains

    I'm slowly converting some of my trains to DCC and as I do, I'm putting tips and lessons learnt on my blog. So far I've converted (all Kato): EF210-100 (Digitrax DN13K0A) EF510 (Digitrax DN13K0A) E6 Shinkansen (Kato EM13/FL12) On my to-do list is a E2 Shinkansen and E5 Shinkansen - a gift from my parents that is yet to arrive with me! - and I'm hoping to get more freight locomotives to convert. I hope these tips are of use!
  22. Hi. Im in tokyo now and just finished my yearly train shopping. I mainly bought kato trains and tomix tracks. I also got a few kato interior lighting kits to fix in my train. However, i don't really understand the instructions in the box. I also am not very confident in removing the top and bottom of my (shinkansen/commuter train) to fix the lighting. Anyone here knows how to remove the train cars and how to install the kato lighting kit? All help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! :^)
  23. Check this out guys the details are super awesome! original link: http://fanpress.jp/news/entry-65.html
  24. Vato

    Kato N700 motor

    Hi guys, need a motor for the kato n700 (10-547) motor car, any advice?
  25. Vato

    Kato Steam Loco

    is Kato steam locomotive dcc friendly?
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