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Old 11-13-2018, 09:13 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am currently switching scale and going from Marklin HO to Kato N to pack more on a 8 x 4 layout. Also would like to make a Kyushu inspired layout.

Therefore the first trains 10-1394 and 10-813. I need guidance on which DCC decoder I can "easily" install in those trains. I have done conversion in HO and can solder.

First picture (349) shows the board inside 10-813. It would be awesome if there will a direct replacement. This board has a small led.

The 3 other pictures show the inside of 10-1394. It seems that it could be a bit more tricky.

Any help regarding which decoder could be used, including link to other threads or tutorial would be awesome.

Thank you

Phil
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:43 AM   #2
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:18 AM   #3
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The first board looks almost like a standard jato light board but you'll have to Check with the decoder manufacturers to see if there is a direct replacement. And it looks like you will need an RDC type decoder for the other as it would be a head and tail light decoder. I could be wrong but check with the Dcc companies
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:44 AM   #4
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Thank you. The RDC pointed us to that video
and the frame looks very similar.
I will open a ticket at Digitrax regarding the light board and will post results if positive.
Any other decoder companies I could try?
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:47 AM   #5
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Digitrax, soundtraxx, TCs , nce. Just look for n scale decoders and it should show all the manufacturers. Digitrax soundtraxx and tcs seem to be about the most popular but imo they are all good.
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