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

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N Scale - Kato USA - 20-283 - Track, Turntable, Motorized - Track, N Scale
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Stock Number20-283
Secondary Stock NumberKT27000
Tertiary Stock Number020-1541-1408
Original Retail Price$299.00
BrandKato USA
Body StyleKato Turntable
PrototypeTrack, Turntable, Motorized
Road or Company NameTrack, N Scale (Details)
Reporting MarksTurntable, Motorized
Item CategoryTrack
Model TypeCode 80
Model SubtypeBallasted, Wooden Ties
Model VarietyTurntable
UPC/GTIN12 Number4949727661803

Specific Item Information: Track, Turntable, Motorized


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

Associated track

20-286 Turntable Extension Track (Curved)
20-284 Turntable Extension Track Feeder Conversion Kit
20283B, N Kato Unitrack, Buffer/Bumper
20283FS, N Kato Unitrack, Straight
20283FSL, N Kato Unitrack, Curve (left)
20283FSR, N Kato Unitrack, Curve (right)
20283S, N Kato Unitrack, Straight transition Turntable
20283TL, N Kato Unitrack, Buffer/Bumper Turntable
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 2023-04-28 15:01:07

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