DCC decoder for Kato 500 Shinkansen

Mdwildcat04 Feb 14, 2017

  1. Mdwildcat04

    Mdwildcat04 TrainBoard Member

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    Just recived my EVA 01 set from Kato. One thing I didn't think of is whether or not it was DCC ready? A quick search online shows kato DCC ready models with doors on the bottom to install decoders. I do not see any on this set, nor any instructions for the 500 series.
     
  2. nightmare0331

    nightmare0331 TrainBoard Member

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    it is a non dcc ready unit.

    The power car will have to have a decoder hardwired in.

    directional function lighting (headlights, marker lights) would have to be wired into the end cars.

    Enjoy!

    Kelley.
    www.dufordmodelworks.com
     
  3. Traindork

    Traindork TrainBoard Member

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    Beautiful train, isn't it? I got mine in the mail today. I keep my Shinkansen collection analog just to keep things simple. You might try jnsforum.com for help. I'm sure somebody there is doing the conversion.
     
  4. jp2005

    jp2005 TrainBoard Member

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    Got my EVA unit as well as a couple of FL12s and an EM13. Sure enough, Kato did not update the mechanism on these units. The motor car has the same power system as the P42/E8/PA once you open it up, just more cramped. EM13 and FL12s will not simply drop in. Thinking of mounting the EM13 above the seats and running short wires to transfer power around. As far as the FL12's go, haven't figured out a good way to mount those yet.

    Here's what I'm thinking for the EM13, just need to get some wires:
     

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  5. Mdwildcat04

    Mdwildcat04 TrainBoard Member

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    how to you open these cars?
     
  6. Dale Russell

    Dale Russell TrainBoard Member

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    My boys absolutely love this train. I've been trying to figure out how to add a double DC track elevated above my DCC track, but haven't figured out how yet. Having it DCC would definitely simplify things but that doesn't look too easy either. The jns forum appears to be down, but these were the links I was looking at before:
    http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/4249-how-to-wire-kato-fl12-decoder-in-500-series-shinkansen/
    http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/2163-kato-jr-500-10-510-dcc-digitrax-dn163/
     
  7. Grey One

    Grey One TrainBoard Supporter

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    Sigh, maybe I got lucky. The site said:
    "Now accepting orders for delivery in June."
    I can hope.
     

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