Hobbyists who like the design of the the “Milwaukee Road in Montana” but don’t want to wait six months to get it will be delighted to know the layout can be closely replicated with KATO UNITRACK. Not only will it take considerably less time to build, you’ll also have factory-wired, power routing turnouts and the potential to operate three trains!
Below is a track plan of the “Milwaukee Road in Montana” using UNITRACK. There are a few notes to be aware of.
As mentioned before, the UNITRACK turnouts are all factory-wired for power routing operation from a central control point. No need to worry about the necessity and time for complicated wiring. Just plug into a #24-840 Turnout Control Switch (separate purchase of required number of control switches and a #24-842 DC Converter is necessary) and you’re ready to go! If you don’t wish to operate the turnouts electrically, they can be operated manually.
Finally, if #24-817 Insulated UniJoiners are used at the entrance of the Alberton “yard” and Drexel “spurs,” it is possible for three trains to be simultaneously operated on this layout. Naturally, additional power packs and feeder tracks (or Terminal UniJoiners) would be required for the isolated operations, but think of the activity you would have. A small switcher locomotive, such as our RS2 model, could be hustling cars between industries in Drexel, while another could be staging other equipment within the maintenance facility at Alberton. All the while, a couple of our SD40-2 models could be dragging a string of Covered Hoppers around the mainline. An E8/9, along with a few of our new Corrugated Passenger Cars, might also be idling on the siding at the Alberton Station, ready to go after you park the freight consist over on the siding across from Drexel.
Even if you’re running only one train at a time, the “Milwaukee Road in Montana with UNITRACK” gives you a nicely sized layout in no time at all that lets you enjoy some realistic operation. Once your track is down and your trains are running, you’re sure to have the inspiration to get started on your landscape scenery and structure building. Now you’re railroading … have fun!!!
248mm (9 3/4") Straight Track
186mm (7 5/16") Straight Track
124mm (4 7/8") Straight Track
64mm (2 1/2") Straight Track
Bumper (Use any of three styles)
249mm (9 3/4") Radius 45 Curve Track
282mm (11") Radius 15 Curve Track
#6 Left Turnout
#6 Right Turnout
Terminal Adapter Cord • Used to connect Terminal Joiners to power pack.
Turnout Control Switch
Turnout Extension Cord (Used to extend cord from turnout)
DC Converter (If 24-840 is used)