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    Default Rerailer Ramps: Kato vs Rix vs Micro-Trains

    Moose have three different rerailer ramps (or is it re-railer ramps?). Moose was once asked which one Moose prefer. Moose now prepared to answer this all important question...

    The contenders:

    (a) Kato # 24000, Blue, multi-functional, $1.19
    (b) Rix # 628-0003, Black, $2.99
    (c) Micro-Trains # 98800132, Red, $1.89

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    The Kato:
    * Includes a rudimentary metric ruler on one side, notches for checking gages and a separate plastic gage as well.
    * Both the front and back ends of the ramp include features to align the ramp with the track.
    * The front end sits above the track, so there is a wee drop to the track.
    * The incline is the lowest of the three ramps.
    * Similar length as Micro-Train ramp.
    2_ReRailerRamp_Comparison_20200328_131024.jpg 3_ReRailerRamp_Comparison_20200328_131104.jpg

    The Rix:
    * Includes - nothing. Nada. Zilch.
    * The front end of the ramp includes feature to align the ramp with the track. The back end has features to help keep it roughly over the track.
    * The front end uses a slotted design that secures the track between the sides and allows the wheels to contact the track well aft of the ramp end. Seems to work quite well on Kato Unitrack, but less so on Atlas Code 55 track.
    * The incline falls between the Kato and the Micro-Trains ramps.
    * Longest of the three ramps.
    4_ReRailerRamp_Comparison_20200328_131139.jpg 5_ReRailerRamp_Comparison_20200328_131244.jpg

    The Micro-Trains:
    * Includes - nothing. Nada. Zilch.
    * The front end of the ramp includes features to align the ramp with the track. The back end has features to help keep it roughly over the track.
    * The front end sits above the track, so there is a wee drop to the track.
    * The incline is the steepest of the three ramps. As such, it is the most fun to relive mooselet days with Hot Wheels & Johnny Lightning cars on steep include tracks - oh yea!
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    Conclusion, Winner to not-the winner ... This is a Moose's opinion, so take with cube of sugar:

    #1: Kato: Moose prefer Kato for easy-to-find colour, easy alignment to track, low incline means less fuss with rolling stock running away, and it's the least expensive ... Above all else, it's a Kato.

    #2: Micro-Trains: Moose found M-T ramp a close second since most Kato features are not usually used, and there's the fun factor of rolling cars down the ramp!

    #3: Rix: Coming in last and with the largest price is the Rix ... Longer means better if you have a Mallard to place on the track, errr, Mallet, and that's where this ramp will come in most handy ... Assuming you can find it - it's moulded in that wonderful hard-to-see black plastic!
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    For me (and all my club members) the Kato one is the best due to a single important feature, the incline is the lowest. Yeah, you won't be able to play Hotwheels with your rolling stock. But try railing longer rolling stock like 60 footers or autoracks or even a passenger car. What happens is the leading truck will go on the rails just fine but the trailing truck is impossible to get on the rails as the longer cars lift up the trailing truck due to a steep incline of the rerailer.

    BTW, there's a fourth type out there. It's quite rare and made by Deluxe Innovation. It's more similar to the Kato than the other two.

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    I've got a Tomix and it's a piece of junk !! A steep incline is no good for long engines as the drivers can end up in the air as they make the grade transition and then not re-align as they settle down. I personally like a long ramp for steamers as shorter ramps can leave a tender truck hanging in space !!! But, if the rix doesn't like your track ? Then go with the Kato.
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    I bought the Bachmann one. Grand total of $3.50. That's shipping and sales tax. It's long and not as steep as others mentioned. Nothing fancy but it beats trying to rail by "God's" hand any day.
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    Six different brands of rerailer ramps!! I never would have guessed that on the first, second or third attempt.

    I may have had a Rapido type back in the day. ...

    @Moose2013, did you subject your three samples to various stress tests? Are any better for diseasels than another? I'm assuming being tasked with putting a diseasel on the rails would stress out any rerailer.
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    I use the Kato , and as moose has seen on his , the side notches also have track spacing of 33mm , the Kato standard center to center . I use this as my spacing and it works great when laying track down

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    I use this as my spacing and it works great when laying track down
    Darn handy, that is.

    There's also a seventh brand. Peco makes an N scale rerailer too.https://www.ebay.com/i/153341975944?...yABEgKqwvD_BwE

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    I own a Minitrix and 2 Kato's the Kato's are easily the best.
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    Minitrix too?!!! That makes eight brands.

    Would have seriously lost on "Jeopardy."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Minitrix too?!!! That makes eight brands.

    Would have seriously lost on "Jeopardy."
    Sorry Paul, sorry. The answer is eight! Next pick Paul.

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    I have only used the RIX. It doesn't work as well on my c55 as it did the c80 I used in the past. It works fine on my T-Trak modules that use Kato track.
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    I think mines a Bachmann, one of the few Bachmann products I have that actually works.

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    I will second that sir! Defineatly learned the hard way on that.
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    I use the Kato railer, fits perfect on my track.
    If you keep it upside down when not in use it's easier to pick up.

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    I have a couple of the Kato ones, haven't tried any others really but the Kato ones work well enough for me
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    What is recommended to work best for C55
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    Quote Originally Posted by russtrnmn View Post
    What is recommended to work best for C55
    From the three that Moose tested - and Moose no knew there were sooo many more than three, Moose would say Kato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russtrnmn View Post
    What is recommended to work best for C55
    Kato works well with my ME code 55.
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    I have 4 or 5 Kato's, a Deluxe, and the red one is a Arnold Rapido made in Germany.

    The Deluxe has "N Trak" spacing on one edge like the Kato's.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodsup9000 View Post
    the red one is a Arnold Rapido made in Germany.
    That's the color I remember from back in the day -- 1972 or so.

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