Kato HO scale Unitrack

Anthony has been in touch with his Kato HO scale Unitrack:

“Hello Al.

My name is Anthony. I live in Pittsburgh, PA – USA.

On January 22 of this year, I started building a platform for a train layout in HO scale.

I am using Kato Unitrack. To this date, I have 4 lines of track on the platform, three of which are connected, and one is separate.

The platform is 10 feet by 13 feet. The HO track is all completed and laid out, but now I will spend the next several years laying scenery and will be trying to add some realism to the platform.

I will try to send you 15 pictures of my current Unitrack layout.

Again, just started on this Kato. Feel free to use my pictures and layout in your circulation. Take care.


kato HO scale unitrack layout

HO model railroad

kato ho scale unitrack

Kato HO scale Unitrack

kato engine house

Kato HO scale Unitrack:

model railroad points

HO track layout

Kato HO scale Unitrack

model railroad access hatch

model train track layout

Kato HO scale Unitrack

model train diesel freight

model train passenger car

HO scale bridge

Kato HO scale Unitrack

I love what Anthony has done with this HO scale – he’s made a start and that’s what it’s all about.

There’s quite a few Kato Unitrack layouts on the blog now.

HO scale Kato model layouts

Kato Unitrack HO

Kato track plans

Now on Wally:

“Al: I thoroughly enjoy all the videos and tips. I would like to pass on an observation on a recent video.

The HO loco being cleaned on the Trix wheelcleaner is going to have contact problems. The brushes clean the wheels, but also leave microscopic pits. This happens with any scale. A better method is alcohol on a strip of paper towel. This cleans the wheels without wearing them down. I use this myself, and it works great.

Thanks for the listen.



I saw the post on moving the small scale 3X4 layout. Easy. Nail or better yet screw some 1X4 strips on the outside, then a ¼ inch of plywood cut to the size of the layout screwed to the top. Another piece of plywood on the bottom to protect wiring and then it I ready to move. And stack where ever by the moving company. A couple 1X2 cross braces can be put on the top to protect but as small as these is they may not be needed.


A big thank to Anthony for sharing his Kato HO scale Unitrack. Thanks to Wally and Bruce too.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, whatever the scale may be, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Remember, it’s the start that stops most people.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

9 Responses to Kato HO scale Unitrack

  1. Michael Street says:

    Wally mentioned the Trix wheel cleaner, I have two and the brushes are made of Brass, which I don’t think will scratch steel track, being a much softer metal.
    Cheers Mike

  2. David Howarth says:

    Plenty of scope there now for your scenics , wel laid out layout so plenty of fun now completing it all

  3. Rich B. says:

    Now I like this, looks expansive good plan with much to do. Not fan of Kato track at all but this seems the exception so far. Many plant way too much “eye candy”, meaning everything but what a RR is there for… trains, what trains? Believe this is going a long distance and just plain interesting as is.

    Rich, (again)

  4. Brian Olson says:

    Both my layouts use Unitrack. Always been happy with the product and it’s being put to good use here!

  5. John Philip Ruetz says:

    That’s a good start. I like the layout. I’m awaiting the outcome, it should be good.

  6. Peter says:

    Anthony, That’s a great layout. I also use Kato HO Unitrack and I started in a similar way. The Unitrack gave me the opportunity to develop my ideas and change things as I went along. I really like that you have random curves built in that make the layout seem realistic. I also love the Great Northern scheme!

  7. John V says:

    One of the best track layouts I’ve seen.

  8. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice layout.

  9. Dr Jon says:

    Question – how are you going to reach and finish detail with your table size dimensions? And please, when you start adding buildings, please make surte tiy weather your additions. When I see layouts with virgin plastic colors, I hit the delete button p

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