Kato Track: Identifying, Sorting, Storing and Selling / Shipping Used?

Grey One Nov 23, 2021

  1. Grey One

    Grey One TrainBoard Supporter

    I have the pleasure / pain of have lots of left over Kata N-Scale Track. Most of it is curves but there are a few straights.
    • Identifying: My understanding is that there is a molded 'description' of the piece on the underside which includes radious, degrees and part number? If I knew where I could use a magnifier to find it.
    • Sorting: For the most part I just layout it out side by side and try to stack it up.
    • Storing: Once it is 'sorted', any suggestions on how to keep it sorted?
    • Selling: Some of the track is almost brand new and other pieces are at least 8yo. I can't tell the difference. All of the track will be washed in soapy water and tested for electrical connections etc.
    • Swap Meet on Trainboard: Yes, I will be listing what I have there but am interested in other options.
    • Shipping: Any suggestions on how to pack / ship this?

    Paying Forward
    Side note: Long long ago, (when I was in financial trouble), a very kind person gave me a box of used Kato track. I have since paid that forward to an acquaintance who lost their joib during Covid.
    So, if you could use an oval of track, (and you promise not to resale it), please let me know. I'll see what I can do.
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  2. Massey

    Massey TrainBoard Member

    First off, I may be interested in your track…

    That being said feel free to PM me a pic of what you got and then your price. As to the answer to your questions, yes there are designations printed on the underside of the tracks, even the 8 year old stuff. For example a curve would be 315-45 which would be a 315mm radius 45 degree section. A straight would be S124 for “S”traight 124mm long. I use a flashlight at an angle to help produce a shadow which makes the track numbers easier to read. A light straight on will help hide the numbers

    And no, I would not resell the track, I have module plans and a layout in the works.
  3. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

    I've sent you an e-mail. Thanks for make us the offer. My stuff will probably go to my younger brothers if they want it.

  4. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

    Paying forward is a great idea. I have a friend who bought and HO starter set a few years back, and he is nice enough to 3D print items for my N Scale at no charge, and then he became interested in N Scale when 3D printing items for me and seeing my post on my Discord, so I sent him some old N Scale DC locomotives I have, and some old rolling stock and old transformer, to get him started and to see the scale in real life. All he has to do is buy some cheap Atlas track. And since he is brand new, explained the benefits of DCC, before he buys a bunch of DC equipment. And after seeing my DCC locomotives is going to basically start the hobby with DCC in N Scale.

    Paying it forward or bartering is a great thing for the hobby. So is selling items in the Swap Meet area. I've bought mostly really great priced items in the Swap Meet, and met new friends while at it :)

    That's very kind of you @Grey One . To help someone out! Better someone else use it then it sit in an attic or storage.
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