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eja

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DCC Conversion Question
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:33:41 PM »
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Can anyone tell me if the early (1996) runs of Kato's SD-45 are DCC compatible?

Bonus points if you share what decoder you used !


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Re: DCC Conversion Question
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 05:50:23 PM »
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Eja,
The best (read that as the least amount of frame modification needed) decoder that can be used on this loco is the TCS CN decoder.
http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Products/Decoders/N-Scale/ClassicN/CN-Series.htm

Remeber that while this does not need frame modifications, it does require soldering. It is not plug and play..

I prefer the DZ125 but thats needs a frame mod to get it in there.
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Re: DCC Conversion Question
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 05:52:47 PM »
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The early Kato SD45 I have - GN and WC - are not DCC ready.
I used TCS CN decoder. The conversion is quite easy.

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Re: DCC Conversion Question
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 07:53:00 PM »
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The CN-GP is a better fit as the LED is flush with the end of the board, the CN is good to go in ALco chassis as well as the old 30-C. I recently installed 7 of them. Bob.

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Re: DCC Conversion Question
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013, 08:29:30 PM »
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Thanks all  :)


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Re: DCC Conversion Question
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 03:26:19 PM »
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This loco was my first of about 200 conversions.  It is not a drop in conversion, but with an Aztec frame it took about 30 minutes. 
You can also do this donversion by fiting a DZ125 or DZ143.  A file and a Dremel too will remove enough material to route wires.  I'll see if I can dig up the link to the conversion.

Found the link --> http://trainweb.org/nrmrc/dcc/conversions.html
« Last Edit: February 24, 2013, 03:51:03 PM by djconway »