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Offline MalcolmAL

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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #60 on: December 27, 2014, 02:31:40 pm »
HI,
The Controller is marked where the input wire from the Transformer goes into the Controller, (jackplug), is marked AC 15 V A.
Excellent info, thanks very much.
It is interesting that the input to the controller (jackplug) is still marked AC, good to know.

Returning to the Transformer/plug.
The TDC brand is a new one to me, I'll go googling in a mo. :)
Does it say anything about it being an AC/AC thing.
Or perhaps it may say DC adapter ?

Is there anything about 15v AC with a little symbol showing a wiggly line   ~   above a straight line  _

Or maybe it will say 15 (or12)v DC with a straight line - above a dotted line ...  ?

Sorry to be cryptic, I need a blackboard and some chalk lol!
What I am interested in with the above questioning (as the final bit of the puzzle :) ) is what type of voltage (AC or DC ) is coming out of the transformer on its way to the input of the controller.

Thanks for your help and patience :) much appreciated.




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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #61 on: December 27, 2014, 02:35:18 pm »
Re the studs
- are the press studs a standard size ?

I found the ones on my Kato controller were the same size as the connections on a PP3 battery and bought some replacement battery clips connectors from  Maplins, in order to power some points from a wallwart.

Ray

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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #62 on: December 27, 2014, 02:40:42 pm »
Is there anything about 15v AC with a little symbol showing a wiggly line   ~   above a straight line  _
Oooops, I should have said for the AC symbol :
a wiggly line ~ , maybe above or below a straight line.


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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #63 on: December 27, 2014, 02:41:49 pm »
Hi,
When son reappears will get him to get it out and will have a further look for you,no problem.
Les
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #64 on: December 27, 2014, 02:47:47 pm »
Hi,
When son reappears will get him to get it out and will have a further look for you,no problem.
Les
Thanks Les, sorry to be a pest,
just that you are the only one that I have seen that has bought a new set recently.
So you got volunteered lol! :)

No hurry, only when convenient, thanks.

(and apols if I am boring everyone else with this ! )

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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #65 on: December 27, 2014, 03:31:25 pm »
you'll probably find the controller is by Digitrax who did a DCC set up for Kato some time ago , also you think the track is good wait until you try their locos , a question for the Kato boys - are the press studs a standard size ?
Err, what are the "press studs" when they're at home?
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #66 on: December 27, 2014, 03:43:46 pm »
Not the slightest problem Mal,I'm learning such a lot from everyone else's help/contributions.,
and press studs...think of oblong/square batteries i.e. Duracell...the two different shaped metal studs so you can only connect the battery the correct way are those type of "press studs" that are being referred to.
Les
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #67 on: December 27, 2014, 04:05:03 pm »
you are describing a standard DC Kato controller and P
SU.

the side studs are to power the point switches (12v DC) or the DC converter for the Signal accessories



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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #68 on: December 27, 2014, 04:21:19 pm »
you are describing a standard DC Kato controller and PSU.

the side studs are to power the point switches (16v AC) or the DC converter for the Signal accessories




Did they not change the power supply pack on these due to EU directive, the older power supplies have umph.
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #69 on: December 27, 2014, 04:48:26 pm »

and PSU.
That is /was the problem, we are not sure what is standard now !
Did they not change the power supply pack on these
Yes, nail&head :)
Keith and/or GM were being asked about it but I dont think anything substantive came back :( ?
They did not in fact need to change anything, there may have been some misunderstanding of the regs. so it'll be interesting to know if they changed back.
All to do with lossy AC transformers and more efficient Switch-mode DC units.

The EU bit may have been a redherring and/or xporpoises.



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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #70 on: December 27, 2014, 04:58:10 pm »
The "side studs" on my Kato "Power Pack Standard" controller (i.e. the sockets which the point controllers etc. are attached to) are 12V DC according to the documentation I have.
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #71 on: December 27, 2014, 09:08:13 pm »
HI Malcolm,
As best as I can make out in our magical energy saving bulbs is,.... on the Transformer which had the other writing on the sticker referred to before is;
Model No. 08-16-16 or 08-18-18.(I will check under natural daylight in the morning)
PRI; 230/240 VAC.        50HZ    25VA.
SEC; 16VAC  MAX 16 VA.

Sorry no straight or wiggly lines at all.
It's the best I can do for you I'm afraid,not sure if this helps at all.
Regards
LES
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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #72 on: December 27, 2014, 09:37:06 pm »
SEC; 16VAC  MAX 16 VA.
Thanks Les, that is great info,
dont worry about wiggly lines
I think that "SEC 16vAC" tells us all that we need to know - that it is infact an AC/AC transformer of the original style.

Please give my thanks to your son also !

I bet you did not expect the Spanish Inquisition when you started ! lol ! (Monty) No one expects the spanish inquisition (/Python) :) :)


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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #73 on: December 27, 2014, 09:47:22 pm »
Oh God no!
Not the cumfy cushions please,have mercy on an old man,I beg you!    :'( :'(
No problems whatsoever,only too happy to be of (inadvertent) assistance.
Regards,
Les

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Re: Kato Unitrack System
« Reply #74 on: December 27, 2014, 09:57:24 pm »
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