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Kato pocket line
« on: January 02, 2012, 01:01:28 PM »
Happy New Year fellow N Gauger's !

Spotted this on Fleabay  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Steam-Locomotive-Train-Set-Green-Pocket-Line-Series-Kato-10-500-1-N-Scale-/200683972864?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item2eb9b26900

Does anyone have any experience with these models :-

Do they run ok on British N gauge track ?

Whilst they look ok in the picture, in reality are they ok ?

Most importantly, do they run ok ?

Any comments would be appreciated,

Cheers,

Rob.
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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 01:07:42 PM »
Fine on any N gauge track, they run really well. They do look a bit cheap, but some extra detailing and weathering should go a long way. Ideal for kids as there is little to break off !
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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 01:16:00 PM »
Have 3 sets one of each, I use them on my Tomix(103mm radius curves) track. Easy to convert to DCC as well.
The little Loco in that set is unpowered and the motor is in one of the coaches. It is based on a real tourist line Tram in Japan.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/m3Diw9MSUVo
Have found no running problems at all and they seem ok on Peco set track
Models are fairly basic
Modelling stupid small scale using T gauge track and IDl induction track. Still have  N gauge but not the space( Japanese Trams) Excuse spelling errors please, posting on mobile phone

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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012, 01:33:39 PM »






Added the loads to the freight cars.



Photo's of the 3 sets.
Modelling stupid small scale using T gauge track and IDl induction track. Still have  N gauge but not the space( Japanese Trams) Excuse spelling errors please, posting on mobile phone

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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 11:04:43 AM »
Hello, I'm new to this forum and have a question, please: I have been given a Pocket Line chassis and I would like to convert it to DCC & sound. Can anyone assist with advice on how to do it? What decoder(s) will I need? How do I connect the decoder(s)?

Hope you can help
« Last Edit: September 16, 2020, 11:09:01 AM by RickA54, Reason: misspelling »

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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 11:16:12 AM »
@RickA54

Not something I've tried, but if you examine the chassis you should be able to see where the power contact strips touch the motor tabs? The strips (and the interference suppressor) are held in place with a small plastic clip.   You can discard the suppressor for DCC. You will need to remove that clip and bend away or otherwise isolate those motor connections, then use a decoder with wires (not a plug-n-play type) and solder the decoder track input wires to the power contact strips, solder the decoder motor output wires to the motor tabs. 



For a sound decoder you'll have to obtain a suitable speaker which will fit within whatever bodyshell you plan to use, along with the decoder itself of course  :D

Others on here should be able to recommend a suitable decoder and speaker.

Also worth mentioning that the Pocket Line chassis has been redesigned recently. I'm not familiar with the new one.

« Last Edit: September 16, 2020, 11:28:30 AM by ntpntpntp »
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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 11:24:39 AM »
Thanks for your prompt reply.

The chassis is a Kato 11-109 and is encased in a black plastic shell. I can't see how to remove or dissassemble the shell to access the pickups. Do you know if it does come apart, please?

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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2020, 11:37:31 AM »
Thanks again. The photo is a great help. It looks like I have one of the new chassis as there is no screww, however, once I get the shell apart I will know what to do.

Thank for your advice.

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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2020, 11:48:10 AM »
@RickA54  ah, 11-109 is the new design. I've not handled one of those.   

Please search entire forum for 11-109 (search box is top right of the page), you will find two or three threads where people have used these, they'll probably explain how to dismantle one.  It with most Kato designs it looks like it's mostly clip-together.

For example, half way down this page:
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=50426.msg656853#msg656853
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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2020, 12:00:43 PM »
Thats great, thanks. Apreciate your help.

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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2020, 09:19:48 AM »
Hi - I've been hacking the Kato 11-109 and 11-110 chasses about recently. About half way through this thread there are some photos with the tops off.

The upper casing is secured by twin hooks at each end and a pair of lugs at the centre. I used watchmaker's screwdrivers to lever the casing off.

With the top off, you'll see a red and a black pickup cable feeding the can motor.



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Re: Kato pocket line
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2020, 10:37:33 AM »
Thanks for the picture and advice  :thankyousign:

 

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