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Kato Turnout Switch Controllers

Fred models N scale and sent in these questions:

I like the Kato controllers but would like to place them on a different level than the power packs.

Does a someone make, or show how to make, an extension cable to accomplish this (instead of the standard direct connection)? I guess my real question is does someone sell the proper male & female plugs.

I believe my last question was confusing.

Instead of plugging them into the power pack/transformer directly, I’m looking for a cable that will run from the transformer to the 24-840 switch.

I am controlling 2 turnouts at once in a single situation, but that is on the output side, I’m looking for a cable running from a 22-014 power pack to the row of 24-840 switches on their input side. This is so I can put the controllers on a different level than the power packs.

4 Responses to Kato Turnout Switch Controllers

  • Don Jenningssays:

    Switch control
    You must have a hardware store or dealer where you live or near you.
    Go ask the hardware man what kind of male -female connectors he has or can he recommend a place where you can purchase. Do a little leg work yourself. I am not meaning to be rough on you but try a local store than branch out and ask your question. That would be fair on all of US

    • Captain Morgansays:

      hey don, lighten up, everyone is not as smart as you.

  • Jon Aplinsays:

    So I did some digging around on the web and found this.
    24-84TC http://www.katousa.com/images/unitrack/24-84TC.jpg
    At http://www.katousa.com/HO/Unitrack/accessories.html
    It looks like the connectors are standard. However, some tools would be needed to make your own. So what I would do is buy one of the 24-84TC then you will have the ends you need. Cut the wire in the middle and add a length of new wire you need to make the run.
    Items needed for this project are:
    Solder iron
    Solder rasin core
    Shrink tubing that fit over each single wire.
    Wire {I’ve used sprinkler wire for things like this. You get a Red and White wire for the cost of a single wire. Good deal since you’ll need two wires to do this project.}
    24-84TC One for each switch.
    I hope this helps.
    Good luck with your project.

  • Jim Voelzowsays:

    Use a Kato 20-504 DC converter. Run wires as long as you need from your power pack (or tie it into your AC bus if you have one) and plug the Kato turnout switches right into it. I have several on my layout. Works great.

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