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Now that we've totally trashed any semblance of an intelligent thread let's get back on subject. It looks like those decoders are specifically for Kato locomotives. What I have never really understood is why a Japanese company like Kato is so behind the times when it comes to DCC? In fact they have been left at the station so to speak.
 

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The beauty of the Kato units is that, because they are specialised, this makes them properly plug'n'play. Being designed specifically for their own models makes conversion a relatively easy proposition - perhaps something of even greater value in N-Gauge than HO/OO.

It appears that Kato's parent company is actually an electronics company, Sekisui Kinzoku Co. Ltd, so the future could be interesting
 

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The Japanese are probably working already on the next generation of wireless control with long life batteries that require no power OR control to come from the track, just a recharging section of track at the end of the siding where you park up your locos for the next operating session and which are compatible with existing DCC technology and a per loco price to install their system of around 8 quid a pop.

Just a thought....
 
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