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    Exclamation KATO Announcements: US Style Unitram Track / North American Automatic Crossing Gate

    US style Unitram Track -> http://www.katousa.com/N/Unitrack/UNITRAM.html

    North American style Automatic Crossing Gate -> http://www.katousa.com/images/unitrack/20-652-1.jpg

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    Interesting. Wonder if North American tie-spaced Unitrack is just around the corner...

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    No, it probably isn't. That would require specialized tooling for all the track. Not worth the time money and effort. Especially since you guys would then demand different rails too.

    The Unitram and crossing primarily required just a change of Tampo pads to convert it to the other side.
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    Now we just need a Škoda 10T to run on it!

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    Damn. Seems like every time I start on a project some thing gets announced... I started to convert the Japanese version of the automatic grade crossing to US... oh well... this will make life easier. Lol
    they work surprisingly well for people that are curious.
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    that crossing is a must get... but how on earth do I hide that ugly base without raising the entire surface...
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    That looks like something Bachmann would come up with, sure is just plain ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrjim1 View Post
    That looks like something Bachmann would come up with, sure is just plain ugly.
    Uh... no... this is a Bachman... http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...FO8aAvac8P8HAQ
    the Kato is far more advanced then Bachmann will ever be....
    here is a video on the Japanese version...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nscaler711 View Post
    Uh... no... this is a Bachman... http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...FO8aAvac8P8HAQ
    the Kato is far more advanced then Bachmann will ever be....
    here is a video on the Japanese version...
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uM7HG9ErWWM
    Advanced Maybe in the mechanics only, but sure not in looks, actually the Bachmann looks better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrjim1 View Post
    That looks like something Bachmann would come up with, sure is just plain ugly
    Both items really aren't all that attractive, and neither is remotely realistic; there's a lot of "bulkiness." Just my honest, curmudgeonly opinion.

    But then to my eyes Unitrack, EZ Track, etc., aren't at all realistic. Nothing personal, and a lot of you guys using Unitrack manage to distract my attention with some really good modeling around the track!

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    A simple fact that the Unitrak bashers easily forget, is that Kato and Tomix are designed to set up layouts without needing benchwork. No place to hide several cubic feet of mechanism. The layouts in Japan are rarely permanent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Mom really hates when you cut holes in the antique dining room table for Tortoise machines. And removing all that goop you need to keep flex in place really destroys the finish!
    There's a lot to be said for that . . .

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    That grade crossing looks too toylike, the "road" approaching it couldn't look worse

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    Despite the looks, as others have mentioned, they work very well and don't look too bad once they are fitted into the scenery. I have had the Japanese version on a set of T-TRAK modules for about five years now and they are pretty trouble free with no fiddly setting up or tweeking of jury rigged mechanisms and wires and pulleys, like everything Kato you just plug 'em in and they work.

    Seeing as the grade crossing is one of the most common things on the prototype the Kato crossing is most welcome. It would look more American, or Australian, though if it only had one set of gates on each side of the tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westfalen View Post
    It would look more American, or Australian, though if it only had one set of gates on each side of the tracks.
    A lot of locations in the US are starting to use two gates on each side to prevent the impatient dummies from driving around the one gate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    A lot of locations in the US are starting to use two gates on each side to prevent the impatient dummies from driving around the one gate.
    Some of the four-gate crossings are in quiet zones, which require exit gates as well as the ubiquitous entrance gates. Control of some of these exit gate systems is dealt with via detector loops in the pavement and micro-processor based system to raise the gates if a vehicle is stuck. The processor is either owned and maintained by the railroad or the local government, depending on whose case or bungalow it's in.

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    A Siemens S70, LACMTA car or any other LRV that can run in multiple units, and my life will be complete
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    MUed LRVs are easy if you used Tomix ones. The static bodies can easily be made to roll by adding wheels. Pizza cutters work best. They keep the car following the track better. Simple draw bars can be used to join a powered car to a trailer. The round noses make very tight coupling easy. The empty trailer can be filled with LPP if desired. There is a simple interior, standees don't need to be cut in half like in the Kato. The power car is full of motor, so images inside the passenger area will have to do. A driver can be added to the cab.

    I have only made one trailer, but the traction tire equipped 8 wheel drive chassis doesn't notice the unpowered car. I would think two or three trailers could be possible as long as the they are free wheeling. Backing moves are not recommended. I converted mine to a trolley pole using overhead wire, so that is not hard to remember.

    Use a high speed drill with a metal bit for the hole in the powered car. There is a metal weight in the nose. You can go more realistic with a Kato 11-703 coupler and cutting the body and modifying the chassis to resemble the open shroud doors. You will need to make the Sharfenberg style coupler swing as it is designed to replace T-shank Rapido couplers.

    A pair or threesome of MUed Tomix LRVs will still be cheaper than a single Kato car.

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    Kato posted a demo video of the crossing gates: http://www.katousa.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by themikepeng View Post
    Kato posted a demo video of the crossing gates: http://www.katousa.com
    They really put some thought into it!

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