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Offline scottmitchell74

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Making Unitrack DCC
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:29:50 PM »
I have an NCE Power Cab and I have Kato Unitrack.

I'm at a loss as to how to make the two match up. The male/female components don't seem to match.

Assume I'm a complete novice, because with DCC I am. Am I out of luck? Do I sell the NCE Power Cab and use something else?

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Re: Making Unitrack DCC
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 02:58:14 PM »

Two wires from the PowerCab output (which are screw terminals) and those two wires connect to the track.   What else is there to do ?     
If there are connectors on your Kato parts, I'd cut them off and just use the wires.  But its possible to buy connectors to those, and then connect plain wires from the new connector to the Powercab. 


If you want to control the turnout motors from the PowerCab, then its more work.  Its possible, installation of the components isrelatively simple, but frankly why would you spend money on those extra components to end up with something where you have to press various keys, then type numbers, then another key on a handset to change turnouts ?     (There are reasons on larger layouts, or if wanting automated running, but they are not mainstream reasons ). 


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Re: Making Unitrack DCC
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 05:47:53 PM »
I use Unitrack with DCC.

 Get an extension cable, anyone will do they’re all the same just different colours attach to your Track feeder and cut the other end off that to connect to your power cab. That will leave the Kato connector on your track power feed if you want to connect to a standard Kato DC powerpack.
You can use the Kato 3 into 1 to attach 3 feeders into 1. Again butcher an extra extension cable to attach to the powercab and keep the Kato plug on the 3 to 1 adaptor.

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Re: Making Unitrack DCC
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 06:21:59 PM »
Always keep a couple of inches of cable on the connector you cut off - Very useful to make up extension cables.

Kato points can be controlled with DCC with decoders installed inside the point. However the current blue switches will be fine!

There is a tutorial in Unitrack hints about changing #4 points from power switching to always live.

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Re: Making Unitrack DCC
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 03:22:00 AM »
You can also make your own Kato connectors.  They use plugs call Mini-Tamiya which are popular in RC modelling.

You can often buy plugs from model shops and also on eBay.  A much cheaper solution to buying cables.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.Xmini+tamiya+connectors.TRS0&_nkw=mini+tamiya+connectors&_sacat=0

There is also a neat tool for removing the plugs from the wires.  I use this to remove plugs so that I don't need to drill huge holes in the table.  You can reattach the plug to pins without any soldering, etc.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CTAMS-RC-Male-Female-Tamiya-Adapter-Plug-Pin-Removal-Tool-Mini-or-Micro-Only/362173114299?hash=item54533327bb:g:JocAAOSwjM5aIAOw

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Re: Making Unitrack DCC
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 05:09:54 PM »
You can also make your own Kato connectors.  They use plugs call Mini-Tamiya which are popular in RC modelling.

You can often buy plugs from model shops and also on eBay.  A much cheaper solution to buying cables.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.Xmini+tamiya+connectors.TRS0&_nkw=mini+tamiya+connectors&_sacat=0

There is also a neat tool for removing the plugs from the wires.  I use this to remove plugs so that I don't need to drill huge holes in the table.  You can reattach the plug to pins without any soldering, etc.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CTAMS-RC-Male-Female-Tamiya-Adapter-Plug-Pin-Removal-Tool-Mini-or-Micro-Only/362173114299?hash=item54533327bb:g:JocAAOSwjM5aIAOw

Cheers - Fred.

the mini Tamiyas that I bought would not fit Kato connectors.

however they will work as a cheap pluggable extension with some adapter leads.
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