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N Scale - Kato USA - 20-283 - Track, Turntable, Motorized - Track, N Scale

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Stock Number 20-283
Secondary Stock Number KT27000
Tertiary Stock Number 020-1541-1408
Original Retail Price $299.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Turntable
Prototype Track, Turntable, Motorized
Road or Company Name Track, N Scale (Details)
Reporting Marks Turntable, Motorized
Item Category Track
Model Type Code 80
Model Subtype Ballasted, Wooden Ties
Model Variety Turntable
UPC/GTIN12 Number 4949727661803



Specific Item Information: Track, Turntable, Motorized

Turntable
  • Control Box
  • Control Box AC Adapter
  • 35″ Ribbon Connector Cable
  • 6 Bumper Track Fittings (Type D) 20-060
  • 4 Straight Extension Tracks 20-285
  • Track Turntable Sections

  • Road Name History:
    Can't have model trains without track can we? The track on a railway or railroad, also known as the permanent way, is the structure consisting of the rails, fasteners, railroad ties (sleepers, British English) and ballast (or slab track), plus the underlying subgrade. It enables trains to move by providing a dependable surface for their wheels to roll upon. For clarity it is often referred to as railway track (British English and UIC terminology) or railroad track (predominantly in the United States). Tracks where electric trains or electric trams run are equipped with an electrification system such as an overhead electrical power line or an additional electrified rail. Text and Images From Wikipedia

    Rail codes:
    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

    Turnout codes:
    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.

    Brand/Importer Information:
    KATO U.S.A. was established in 1986, with the first U.S. locomotive model (the GP38-2, in N-Scale) released in 1987. Since that time, KATO has come to be known as one of the leading manufacturers of precision railroad products for the modeling community. KATO's parent company, Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

    In addition to producing ready-to-run HO and N scale models that are universally hailed for their high level of detail, craftsmanship and operation, KATO also manufactures UNITRACK. UNITRACK is the finest rail & roadbed modular track system available to modelers today. With the track and roadbed integrated into a single piece, UNITRACK features a nickel-silver rail and a realistic-looking roadbed. Patented UNIJOINERS allow sections to be snapped together quickly and securely, time after time if necessary.

    The Kato U.S.A. office and warehouse facility is located in Schaumburg, Illinois, approximately 30 miles northwest of Chicago. All research & development of new North American products is performed here, in addition to the sales and distribution of merchandise to a vast network of wholesale representatives and retail dealers. Models requiring service sent in by hobbyists are usually attended to at this location as well. The manufacturing of all KATO products is performed in Japan.

    Supporters of KATO should note that there is currently no showroom or operating exhibit of models at the Schaumburg facility. Furthermore, model parts are the only merchandise sold directly to consumers. (Please view the Parts Catalog of this website for more specific information.)

    Item created by: gdm on 2016-11-18 19:33:01. Last edited by Powderman on 2022-02-11 12:29:35

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