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Specific Item Information: V60 UNITRAM North American Style Oval Track Set
- UNITRAM Track Plates - 2 x Straight (124mm) and 8 x Curved (R180mm)
- UNITRAM Road Plates - 2 x Center Plate with intersection, 4 x Curved Road Plates for curves
- UNITRAM Accessory kit - includes tram stop kit, catenary pole set, sidewalk details, streetlights and traffic signals, track feeders, tram rerailer, tram joiners and Dio-town plate joiners.
Sticker sheet for road signs
English language instruction manual
Original Retail Price (MSRP) as per 2017 price list.
Model Information: Long desired by modelers looking to create urban and city type environments in which to operate their trains (be it for inner city trams or to replicate heavier weight train lines that allow freight and commuter lines to run through city centers), UNITRAM offers a versatile street track system that integrates with the included road places to create the illusion of a proper city environment. Using both standard Unijoiners and variable track spacing on both straights (25mm) and in curves (33mm - standard double track width), it is possible to connect UNITRAM street tracks to both Kato UNITRACK single or Concrete-tie double tracks, allowing easy integration into existing layouts.
The track itself combines with street plates that use DIO-TOWN type connectors (Seen left, click for a larger image), allowing them to connect to other available street plates in the Kato UNITRACK product line. Use of these plates is optional for those modelers who wish to use their own scenery and cityscapes with Kato UNITRAM track.
The Basic starting Oval set can be used both independently as a compact city within your layout (the central area is designed to fit a number of Kato Dio-town buildings, or can be linked to a double track or multiple single track UNITRACK layouts thanks to the connection methods mentioned above. Additionally, other sets of UNITRAM pieces can be used to create larger and more elaborate street track setups.
UNITRAM is available both individually as well in a variety of packaged sets with Left-handed (Japanese style) street printing. Some Japanese-styled items may need to be special ordered through your local hobby shop. All of the information that you need can be found below, and you can contact your local hobby store to confirm availability.
The code refers to the actual height of the rail. The followings heights are used for N-scale:
- Code 80 = 0.080" tall or about 13" N scale height - the mostly used for sectional tracks.
- Code 70 = 0.070" tall or about 11" N scale height
- Code 55 = 0.055" tall or about 9" N scale height - the mostly used by modelers wishing a realistic effect for their layout. Can be used with all modern rolling stock (low flange wheels).
- Code 40 = 0.040" tall or about 6" N scale height
The turnout number describes the length needed for the diverging track to be 1 foot apart from the straight one . So the lower the number, the sharper the curve, and the higher the number, the more gradual curve on the diverging track.
- In a #4 turnout, the rails are 1 foot apart at a distance 4 feet beyond the frog
- In a #6 turnout, the rails are 1 foot apart at a distance 6 feet beyond the frog
- In a #8 turnout, the rails are 1 foot apart at a distance 8 feet beyond the frog
Note that European brands such as Minitrix or Fleischmann use a different notation for turnouts and refer to the radius of the curvature of the diverging track.
The design and distribution of models for the North American market are handled by their U.S. subsidiary, Kato USA, located in Schaumburg, Illinois.
The design and distribution of models for the European market are handled by their partner, Lemke, located in Germany
The Kato (pronounced kah-toe) model railroad companies were founded by Yuji Kato, father of current president Hiroshi Kato, of the parent company Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd.
Item created by: gdm on 2017-06-03 10:28:34
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