Kato to release upgraded Unitrack Crossing Gates

NorsemanJack Mar 16, 2017

  1. NorsemanJack

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    Just fyi. These are now available for purchase. Not sure how quickly they will sell out / restock.
     
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  2. Point353

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    The rate at which the gates lower and raise seems a bit brisk:

     
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  3. subwayaz

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    Thanks $150 on Amazon; delivery estimate 24 May


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  4. mtntrainman

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    $150.00 and i need 3 double track ones :eek:
    Guess I will just go "ding...ding...ding" in my head when my trains come to a crossing...ROFLMAO !! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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  5. NorsemanJack

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    Be careful. You might be buying the Japan version.
     
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    You were correct. After reading here and further examination ; it sure was the a Japanese version.
    Thanks. I cancelled that order


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  8. NorsemanJack

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    Glad you were able to catch it in time. That 24 May delivery date was a pretty good clue that it was coming from Japan.
     
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  9. subwayaz

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    I guess that Kato didn’t anticipate the massive response that they got for this item. All the vendors that I know of have been out of stock since before Christmas.. And no estimated date of a Restocking.
    Has anybody else read or heard any different?


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  10. John Moore

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    I will stay with a low tech layout thank you, and far less strain on the wallet. Back where I grew up there were not any flashing lights or automatic gates at crossing. You just did the old look both ways and listened then floored it.
     
  11. Hardcoaler

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    Kato's technology is amazing, but I think the repetitive action and sound would drive me nuts on the small railroad I'm planning.
     
  12. Point353

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    The Kato website indicates that a re-stock is expected to arrive next month.
    http://www.katousa.com/N/Unitrack/accessories.html
     
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  14. NorsemanJack

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    I'm glad they sold a lot of these and are ready to sell more. Whatever is good for Kato is good for N scale. I know we've had a lot of comments that state the obvious. These aren't prototypical. They aren't cheap. They could drive a roundy-round layout guy nuts. That is all true; and well covered multiple times. They are toys and meant to be fun. If you played with Lionel as a kid and have fond memories, then you might get some enjoyment out of these (or, your grandkids may get some enjoyment). The sound volume can be adjusted down to zero, if a person gets tired of hearing them.

    All that said, they are a technological marvel and require zero effort to set up and operate. Being Kato, they are ultra-reliable and impressive on many levels. Yes, I do own a set and have them installed with a four track crossing. I also no longer dink around with DCC and my sound is four Kato Soundboxes hooked up through a $70 sound mixer to two under the shelf computer speaker systems (call it a cheapo, model railroading surround sound system). It's fun, which is what I'm sure is all that any of us are looking for in a hobby. Right? At least that is what sales are apparently suggesting. :)
     
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  15. Metro Red Line

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    These are actually prototypical - in areas that get a high number of grade crossing accidents, double-gated crossings are common, usually on light rail or commuter lines, but I'm sure freight railroads can get them too.
     
  16. John Moore

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    Growing up out west crossing gates and lights were not all that common except on major busy thruways, however I do remember seeing some double lane gates, left and right gates in few of the larger cities, and this was near 50 years ago. However in those open areas of grassland and rolling hills one could see a train coming miles before it got to the crossing. City areas where often grain elevators and other structures would block your view to less than a city block crossing gates and lights were the norm. And in my hometown a set of gates covered a six track crossing of a well traveled road.

    As far as the noise factor the video showed a sound level that was greatly reduced with the last setting of the slide switch. As a critic though the gates do seem to drop at too fast a rate for prototype.
     
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  17. bremner

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    John, I remember areas near Los Angeles that had street crossings protected by wig wags in the mid 1990's... I am mad at myself for never taking a picture of them...
     
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  18. NorsemanJack

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    It's actually a POT, not a slide switch, and it can be totally muted if desired. They do drop fast (not as fast as Lionel though :) ). Of course, if your alternative is gates that don't drop at all (which is what I've seen on most layouts), then it is a small step towards "prototypicality." (is that a word?)
     
  19. John Moore

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    I wonder if Kato has the short sections of sensor track as a item that can be ordered single. I can see several mainline routes converging into a throat and having a grade crossing at that location with more than two tracks needing multiple sensors.
     
  20. Hardcoaler

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    Thanks for a happy and forgotten memory from my childhood -- those Lionel gates did indeed slam down in an instant and they stood 30 Feet tall. :) I still have my Lionel 262 Crossing Gate somewhere ....

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