Rokuhan Track Very new to the hobby, has an impressive line of track that is snap together track/roadbed combination. The following are some observations I had to learn the hard way, or information that was missing or incorrect on the web. Rokuhan rerailer They make a small rerailer. As compared to the MT rerailer, it has a lower height, which means a less abrupt angle to the track. This helps allow locos like MT locos with snowplows to be rerailed. It's also less expensive. Unfortunately, it fits very poorly to the track, when the locos and cars load. The business end between the rails is too narrow, and does not center itself between the rails. The result is it does not always work. I cannot see why it had to be made this way, since the distance between the rails is a standard. The result is you must take care to center the "business end" between the rails or it won't work. It's just plain silly. I only keep mine to show people how a simple product can still be designed wrong. Turnout control Rokuhan makes electrically powered turnouts, but they don't make it easy to understand how they work or what voltage or anything about them. The manual that comes with it, besides being in the typical Rokuhan microscopic text size, says nothing. Even worse, some experts and even some dealers have the wrong information. Answer: These are momentary only switches that operate on 6 volts DC and you reverse the polarity to change the direction. Did I say MOMENTARY? The "motor" is very small and you can overheat it easily. Don't "play" with them continuously. At 6 volts, the steady state current is 0.3 amp, it goes up to 0.5 amp at 10 volts, which some people recommend. Don't do it. Use 6 volts and use short pulses and don't operate a lot without allowing to cool. Rokuhan test figure 8 track: I wanted to make a good test track for breaking in locos. One thing I noticed is that most people use a loop. Watching a lot of locos at my friend's loop, I noticed many locos had problems on the curves not the straights, and sometimes it was a wire not making contact, torque that pulled on pickups/wipers, etc. I also noticed that some locos ran fine on a right hand turn but if I turned the loco around on the same loop and it ran poorly. Lastly, I thought, some of the break-in period on a loco is "scuffing" the surface of the wheels. So, it dawned on me that the best "equalizer" was a figure 8 layout, not a simple loop. This would excercise left and right and equalize the wear. I decided to try to use Rokuhan to make it simple and they announced a 90° crossing. I also decided to use the largest (except for the 490mm radius) curve so the test track would work for Big Boys. Parts list: 1 pack - R025 - 90 degree crossing 3 packs - R015 - 270mm radius, 30 degree. (packs of 6 pieces). Each pack of 6 is 180, so a pack and a half is 270 degrees, need that for each "loop" 1 pack - R009 - 220 mm straight pack of 4 1 pack - R008 - 55mm straight pack of 4 Now I'm still short and figuring out how to make up the remaining straights without cutting. Hey! There was a little sheet of paper in the 90 degree crossing box! There is a list of what straights are needed to make a figure 8 track for a bunch of radii. I'll list them here so as to save others time: R270 - 220mm and 55 mm R245 - 220mm and 25mm R220 - 220mm R195 - 110mm and 55mm and 25mm R170 - 110mm and 55mm R145 - 110mm and 25mm R120 - 110mm R95 - 55mm and 25mm R70 - 55mm Thanks Rokuhan! Below is a picture of the completed test/breakin track. Track parts list R001 - 110mm straight - pack of 4 - brown wood ties, with power slot R002 - 195mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R003 - 170mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R004 - 220mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R005 - 145mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R006 - remote control switch left - discontinued R007 - remote control switch right - discontinued R008 - 55mm straight - brown wood ties - discontinued did not have power slot R009 - 220mm straight - pack of 4 - brown wood ties, with power slot R010 - 95mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R011 - 120mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R012 - 490mm radius, 13° - pack of 2 - brown wood ties R013 - bumper - pack of 2 - brown wood ties, looks ok for america if you take off the upright target R014 - 245mm radius, 30° - pack of 6 - brown wood ties R015 - 270mm radius, 30° - pack of 6 - brown wood ties R016 - 330mm flex - pack of 1 - brown wood ties R017 R018 - 70mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R019 - 127mm radius, 26° - pack of 2 - brown wood ties... wonder if it is a parallel adapter R020 - 13deg crossing with 2 53.6mm pieces - brown wood ties R021 - briefcase track set R022 - 55mm remote turnout - left - with 55mm trimmed trace - brown wood ties - ### what is the degree of divergence R023 - 55 mm remote turnout - right - with 55mm trimmed trace - brown wood ties R024 - 55mm straight - pack of 2 - brown wood ties, with power slot R025 - 90° crossing - 25mm long on each side - pack of 1 - brown wood ties R026 - left curved turnout r220 / r195 with r195 30 degree trimmed track R027 - right curved turnout r220 / r195 with r195 30 degree trimmed track R028 - oval track set - brown wood ties - 8 pieces 195mm 45 degree, 4 pieces 100mm straight R029 - european or japanese bumper - pack of 2 - brown wood ties R030 - 25mm straight - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R031 - adjustable straight track - pack of 1 - brown wood ties - 100-120mm R032 - 195mm radius 30° - pack of 6 - brown wood ties R033 - 220 mm radius, 30 - pack of 6 - brown wood ties seems current R034 - 220 mm radius 30° - brown wood ties #### see r033?? R035 R036 R037 - 55 mm straight magnetic uncoupler track - brown wood ties, MT uncoupler R038 R039 - left hand 110mm turnout with 110mm trimmed straight - brown wood ties - replaces r006 13 degree R040 - right hand 110mm turnout with 110mm trimmed straight - brown wood ties - replaces r007 13 degree R041 - 220mm bridge - green R042 - 22mm bridge - red R043 - 220mm bridge - double track - green R044 - 220mm bridge - double track - beige R045 - 110mm straight - no roadbed - pack of 2 - for bridges - brown wood ties R046 - 45mm radius, 45° - pack of 4 - brown wood ties R047 - siding set - 2 switches, 2 notched 110mm straight and 2 490mm parallel adapter tracks R048 R049 - 110mm straight - pack of 4 -concrete ties R050 - 220mm straight - pack of 4 - concrete ties R051 - 195mm radius 30° - pack of 6 - concrete ties R052 - 220mm radius 30° - pack of 6 - concrete ties R053 - 245mm radius, 30° - pack of 6 - concrete ties R054 - 270mm radius, 30° - pack of 6 - concrete ties R055 - left hand 110mm turnout with 110mm straight cut track - concrete ties - 13 degrees R056 - right hand 110mm turnout with 110mm straight cut track - concrete ties - 13 degrees R057 - left hand 220/195mm curved turnout with 195mm trimmed - concrete ties R058 - right hand 220/195mm curved turnout 195mm trimmed- concrete ties R059 -490mm radius, 13° - pack of 2 - concrete ties R060 - 220mm double track bridge - brown R061 - 220 mm bridge - brown R062 - rail set double oval R063 R064 - 195mm radius, 30° - pack of 6 - wood - superelevated R065 - 220mm radius, 30° - pack of 6 - wood- superelevated R066 - 195mm radius,30° - pack of 6 - concrete- superelevated R067 - 220mm radius 30° - pack of 6 - concrete- superelevated R070 - 110mm deck girder bridge includes 110mm track w/o roadbed - don't know color yet red, green, black R071 - 110mm deck girder bridge includes 110mm track w/o roadbed- don't know color yet - release in May 2014 R072 - 110mm deck girder bridge includes 110mm track w/o roadbed- don't know color yet s030 - briefcase layout a - preformed base with hill, graded track base and tunnel that allows for the over-under design s031 - briefcase layout b - flat base that allows freestyle track plan A008 - narrow feeder cable (narrow meaning you can use one on double track spacing? A013 - 2 insulating joiners, one of them insulates both rails.