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Author Topic: kato #6 turnout with gaugemaster dcc01 controller  (Read 93 times)

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kato #6 turnout with gaugemaster dcc01 controller
« on: March 23, 2020, 04:43:47 PM »
hi all,
sorry if this topic has already been covered, the posts i have read cover part of my question.
i have a kato unitrack layout with 6 x #6 turnouts (these are dc at the moment)
the layout is dcc and controlled with a gaugemaster dcc01 controller.
is there a way to control the turnouts via dcc with this particular controller ? the only option i seem to have to to buy the replacement handset at £165.
any help or advice will be greatly received,
many thanks

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Re: kato #6 turnout with gaugemaster dcc01 controller
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 05:27:39 PM »
Looks like the Express doesn't support accessory decoders, that surprises me considering it's kind of in the same bracket as the popular NCE PowerCab which definitely does.  I don't know the MRC gear, so unless there's a means of hooking another unit into a control bus, or there's a PC interface that can be hooked in, then you may be stuck without this ability. 

You would need to use an accessory decoder (or decoders) designed to operate Kato's "reversible DC" 2-wire motors as opposed to traditional 3-wire solenoid motors. You would need one output channel for each point, either as individual decoders for each point (eg. NCE SwitchKat decoder) or by use of multi-channel decoders where you have the points grouped together.

Have you tried googling to see if anyone has a solution? For example the "conclusion" of this review suggests there is a specific decoder that will control accessories in a non-standard way using loco address, or you can add an Advance throttle to you system but that's putting up the price.

https://tonystrains.com/news/mrc-prodigy-express-review/

Do you really *need* the points to be DCC controlled though?  With a lot of systems there's a fair bit of button pushing involved to select the required address and throw the point, whereas a traditional system you just push a single button/switch/lever and get an immediate action.  Unless you particularly want to get into software control of the points (which would probably require a system upgrade anyway) why bother?
« Last Edit: March 23, 2020, 05:39:41 PM by ntpntpntp »
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Re: kato #6 turnout with gaugemaster dcc01 controller
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2020, 05:36:06 PM »
tbh i have googled it and got very confused.
im thinking the easiest thing is to leave them as is

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Re: kato #6 turnout with gaugemaster dcc01 controller
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2020, 06:26:43 PM »
Hi,

This came up on RMWEB not long ago and the simple answer to your question is 'no there isn't'.

The simplest but definitely more expensive solution is to upgrade to a more capable unit/system.

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Re: kato #6 turnout with gaugemaster dcc01 controller
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