KB611 Using Kato #4 N-Scale Unitrack Turnouts With DCC

Kato and Digitrax recommend the best DCC performance with the Unitrack turnout requires that you set each #4 turnout to "Non-power-routing".  You can do this by changing the position of the screw that sets power routing which is located on the bottom of each #4 turnout.  There are two screw adjustments on a Unitrack turnout, one for making the turnout non-power routing and the other being for setting either "live" or "insulated" frog (the point where the two rails cross)l  Leave the frog screw in the "insulated" position.It should be noted that some N-scale Unitrack production has the routing/non-routing connections mislabeled, with the English-language ...

KB523 DS61K1 Decoders for N Scale Kato Unitrack-Overview

The DS61K1L and DS61K1R stationary decoders are plug in decoders to convert Kato H0 Unitrack* manual turnouts 2-840, 2-841, 2-862 and 2-863 to DCC powered turnouts. Digitrax manufactures these stationary decoders for Kato, which markets and supports them under Kato part numbers. Please see the Kato web site for purchase information.  *'Unitrack' is a Registered Trademark of KATO USA

KB783 DS51K1 Stationary Address Programming

This procedure is best done after installation of the decoder to the turnout.  The process is "blind", so it is easier to program this decoder after installation because you can then test the operation of the turnout with its new address.  The DS51K1 can be installed into the base of the turnout or attached to the bottom of the layout near the turnout.1. Turn off track power and temporarily connect the yellow programming wire from the DS51K1 to the same rail as the black wire.2. Turn on track power.3. Using your throttle, select the address you want to program into ...

KB784 DS51K1 Stationary Decoder Installation

The DS51K1 is designed specifically for Kato N-Scale turnouts.  Kato manufactures both a #4 and #6 turnout; one DS51K1 will control one Kato turnout solenoid.  In cases where there are two turnouts in a crossover track arrangement, you must use two DS51K1s, each assigned to the same address.Installation of the four decoder wires requires soldering skills.  And, just to make things interesting, Kato uses the colors of black and red for their turnout control wires, while Digitrax uses black and red for the power and data bus.  You will make four connections, two connected to the turnout motor and two ...

KB43 DS51K1 - Special Notes on Kato Double Crossover 20210

Kato makes a Unitrack double-crossover, their No. 20210: Kato has advised us that this unit has four solenoids in its base, each operating one turnout point set. Connecting the DS51K1 to the red / black wire pair at the base of the track will damage the decoder since the four solenoids of the crossover will draw more than the rated current capacity of the DS51K1. If you are wiring the DS51K1 internally to this track segment, it is easiest to program each turnout pair to the same address; done this way, activating one track switch address will result in the ...

KB210 Modular Track Systems

An important series of developments in model railroading have taken place that makes it much easier to enter the hobby and enjoy it right away.  DCC is part of that process since it makes it easier to handle the train operation aspects of the hobby.  Other improvements have been the ready availability of correctly decorated locomotives and cars, scenery systems such, and, most importantly of all, advanced track systems.  Where it once required hours to get your model railroad’s track in proper operating form, the new modular track systems have greatly simplified things.  Everything just clicks together.These modular track systems ...

KB117 Notes on Kato HO-Scale Unitrack Turnouts

Kato recommends, and Digitrax concurs, that the best DCC performance with the Unitrack turnout requires that you set each turnout to "Non-power-routing". Kato has offered a variety of turnouts in their H0 Unitrack line.381-2840 - LH, 490mm Radius, selectable operating mode with power or non-power routing.381-2841 - RH  490mm Radius, selectable operating mode with power or non-power routing.381-2850 - LH, #4, power routing only.381-2851 - RH, #4, power routing only.381-2860 - LH, #6, live or insulated frogs, power or non-power routing. 381-2861 - RH, #6, live or insulated frogs, power or non-power routing. These model numbers are current as of ...

KB126 Kato Unitrack Turnout Control

I have installed 381-2503 KATO DC turnout machines in the turnouts on my layout and want to move to DCC operation using a Digitrax 245-DS51K1 stationary decoder. Will I have to change my switch machines to #245-DS61K1L DCC machines to do this or stay with the same DC machines? You do not need to change out the turnout motor. The DS51K1 decoder is meant to control Kato UniTrack bi-polar switch machines for both the N-Scale and H0-Scale Unitrack product lines, such as the 381-2503. You can also control these switch machines with the DS64, in groups of up to four. ...