New Version of Kato N Scale Unitrack #4 Turnout???

Kisatchie Jan 14, 2022

  1. Kisatchie

    Kisatchie TrainBoard Member

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    I saw a short video online (I don't remember where... Youtube, maybe) that shows new and improved Unitrack N scale #4 turnouts. They're supposed to prevent derailments where the points meet the stock rails as the turnout is switched:

    https://www.trains.com/mrr/how-to/e...icks-part-2-avoiding-derailments-at-turnouts/

    Has anyone here bought these new and improved turnouts? If so, how were they compared to the older version?

    Thanks for any comments.

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    my name is Ms. Dee Rayle.
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  2. Hardcoaler

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    I'm aware of this too and have seen some discussion of it, but I don't think anyone has ever confirmed that Kato re-engineered a new and improved No. 4 design. I'm faced with this same conundrum on my railroad, not wanting to ruin expensive turnouts with my ham-handed modeling skills. I'll probably put the turnouts in place and see how they work, then modify if needed. I was careful to use nothing but No. 6 Turnouts on my mainline and passing siding.
     
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  3. Grey One

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    I have found that the 'Y' turnouts are great!
    Their olde #4s? I just put along the forward edge of my point to point switching and resign myself ot re-railing.
     
  4. Hardcoaler

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    That's good to know because I'll need a wye turnout at a spot on my layout.
     
  5. Massey

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    I bought 2 #4s in 2019 and they have been trouble free. I use them on a T-Trak module and I have mine set to non power routing as a safety measure so trains do not drive off the table when there isn’t any module connected to the branch.
     
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  6. Shortround

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    When you order from a supplier how do you tell if your getting the newer turnouts?
     
  7. Kisatchie

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    I guess the best way is to order from a large N scale dealer who sells a lot of the turnouts. They pretty much should have only the latest #4's in stock (assuming Kato actually made the improvements on the turnouts).
     
  8. Shortround

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    I thought the same when I purchased my new electric bike. It turned out to be an old version that had a lot of problems. So I try to be careful.
     
  9. Doug Gosha

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    I see Ms Dee Rayle is as respectful of Kisatchie as she has ever been.

    :D

    Doug
     
  10. Kisatchie

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    Yeah, I feel like Rodney Dangerfield... I don't get no respect.

    Hmm... wait til Kiz gets
    the bill for my next order
    of gourmet termites. yum!
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