Kato track - DCC?

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Kato track - DCC?

Postby barney121e » Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:20 am

Hi all

I have a fair bit of Kato unitrack and thinking of doing a layout with it. Just wondering if anyone can tell me if I can do DCC on it, and if so how?

Any advice most welcome.

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Re: Kato track - DCC?

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:50 pm

Track is ok you just need to know what sort of points they are. If you use droppers and insulated rail joiners on the points it won't matter..
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Re: Kato track - DCC?

Postby Ironduke » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:37 pm

Kato Unitrack is fine with DCC.
They have live frogs but the frog switching is built-in to the mechanism so no need to fuss with insulated joiners or juicers.
Like any other track, you will need to put power feeds into any siding you want live all the time but you don't need a large number of power feeds all over the layout because the joiners are made to be robust and maintain good conductivity. Just power each section. You can buy the power feed track or buy power feed joiners or just make your own power feed joiners if you're any good at soldering.
The main difference is that the points motors use 2 wires and require special accessory decoders if you want to control them using DCC.
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Re: Kato track - DCC?

Postby Ironduke » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:42 pm

Ironduke wrote:you will need to put power feeds into any siding you want live all the time


An afterthought, #4 turnouts can be set to either isolate the siding or leave it live all the time. #6 turnouts do not, they always isolate the divergent track when they are closed.
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