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Power To Layout

Gary has this question:

I am brand new to model railroading & will be setting-up a small N Scale layout (less than 4′ x 8′)using Kato Unitrak.  I also have a Kato locomotive that has DCC with LokSound.  After wiring the bus (with feeders) can I initially run the locomotive using the Kato Power Controller (22-018) that I have and then in the near future switch over to the NCE Power Cab I have been looking at?  Or, should I just bite the bullet and go out and get the Power Cab to begin with?  I just can’t seem to find any articles that address this issue.  Let me thank you in advance for any help/guidance any of you may be able to provide.”

6 Responses to Power To Layout

  • Dale Arendssays:

    If your loco has DCC that will handle either DC or DCC then go ahead and use the controller until you are ready for DCC.

    Personally, when I had to make that decision a few years ago, I decided to go straight to DCC (also NCE PowerCab) because I knew that I’d want two locos running simultaneously and didn’t want to deal with control blocks.

    • Garysays:

      Thank you Dale!

  • kevinsays:

    I would suggest you go strait to DCC as the wiring is simpler than DC if you want more than one loco running at the same time it may be a bit more expensive but will be well worth the expense

    • Garysays:

      Many thanks Kevin!

  • Donnis Davissays:

    agree go DCC, NCE best on the market!

    • Garysays:

      Thanks for your input Donnis!

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