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Are any Kato N Scale Japanese steam engines DCC Ready?


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Are any Kato Japanese steam engines DCC Ready? Not being able to handle a soldering iron very welll, I was wondering if Kato makes any steam engines, other than the ones for the US market DCC Ready? Thanks

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Kamome

I don’t believe any of the Kato SLs are DCC ready. AFAIK, they all need to be hard wired. 

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Nick_Burman
On 7/8/2022 at 5:27 PM, Kamome said:

I don’t believe any of the Kato SLs are DCC ready. AFAIK, they all need to be hard wired. 

 

Confirm, they need to be hardwired. Hobby Center Kato can wire locos for a fee.

 

Cheers Nicholas

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They are not DCC ready.  While the hardwiring still takes skill, most recent releases I would say are "DCC friendly" where kato has added groves and solder points into the model for wire routing.  

 

Here is a older thread by me on installing DCC into a kato C62.  It is somewhat more difficult as the motor position is reversed from some other models.  I may make another soon for the D51 which will be more straightforward.

 

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