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    I am brand new to Model trains

    Does anyone know of a good visual step by step on how to install Kato lights in a passenger Car

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    Each type of passenger car is different, but it boils down to…
    • remove the body
    • slip the light contacts into their slot
    • use the shiny tape to attach the clear bar to the light fixture (first attach the incandescent filter on depending on era)
    • slip the light and bar over the preciously installed contacts
    • then reattach the body.

    Repeat the processes until the car stay light most of the time.
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    Thank you

    I was looking for a link on a step by step view, the Kato instruction or horrable

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    I've installed these lights in Super Chief carriages and Amtrak double deckers. They are fiddly to instal and you may need some kapton tape to hold the light fitting to the slot where it is inserted. There are instructions that come with the lights, and these, coupled with the Kato instructions posted by local driver above, will get you by.

    I had to file tiny grooves (use steel nail file) into the plastic deflector to get the deflector to fit properly into the roof of the carriage. I find in the Super Chief carriages, I get flicker when running over points, but with the Amtrak double deckers, the contact seems to be much better. Overall, the lights work reasonably well, and better than no lights at all.

    I have toyed with the idea of hard wiring these fittings to either the wheel contact, or the brass contacts that come with the light sets, but can't seem to get my head around how to do it yet.

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