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    Icon6 Kato Japan releasing a DCC Controlled Turntable

    Anyone else seen that the Kyoto Kato shop is releasing a Kato DCC Turntable
    https://www.katomodels-kyoto.com/pro...20316;品

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    If price is going to be reasonable it's going to sell like hot cakes!!!!

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    Interesting controller...
    Radon Gulch & Tortilla Flats Railway - the 'Good Gas' line! - a minor division of the Santa Fe Southern Railway Co. "Dust, gas and a lot of rocky stuff...

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    40,500 yen, about 365 dollars.

    Controller, http://www.e-katomodels2.com/shop/g/g29-124/
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    Quote Originally Posted by drbnc View Post
    Interesting controller...
    It is a Digitrax Zephyr DCS 50. I think they have a relationship.
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    Ahhh, okay. It was the round buttons that caught my eye. Thanks!
    Radon Gulch & Tortilla Flats Railway - the 'Good Gas' line! - a minor division of the Santa Fe Southern Railway Co. "Dust, gas and a lot of rocky stuff...

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    Pardon the DCC impaired question. What would be the advantage of DCC control of a turntable versus a simple wired controller? Would it just be the use of the track connection to provide signal and commands in lieu of hard wiring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    It is a Digitrax Zephyr DCS 50. I think they have a relationship.
    Looks more like a Zephyr Plus DCS 51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Looks more like a Zephyr Plus DCS 51.
    My DCS 51 Zephyr Xtra has an additional row of buttons on the left side. I wasn't aware there was a Zephyr Plus. The one in the video looks like the DCS 50 with a Japanese over lay to identify the functions of the buttons. The read out display showed a loco address of 03 and he used the function button to move the turn table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorsemanJack View Post
    Pardon the DCC impaired question. What would be the advantage of DCC control of a turntable versus a simple wired controller? Would it just be the use of the track connection to provide signal and commands in lieu of hard wiring?
    Hi @NorsemanJack
    The simple answer is you use the command station to controls the loco and the turn table. No need to have a separate (simple) controller for the turn table. I'm not familiar on how Kato will be wiring it, but I'm sure it will be a neat solution. Do you have DCC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    My DCS 51 Zephyr Xtra has an additional row of buttons on the left side. I wasn't aware there was a Zephyr Plus. The one in the video looks like the DCS 50 with a Japanese over lay to identify the functions of the buttons. The read out display showed a loco address of 03 and he used the function button to move the turn table.
    Sorry fingers not listening to brain. I meant DCS51 Xtra. No such thing as Plus.

    I'm referring to the link provided by ecfitzgerald: http://www.e-katomodels2.com/shop/g/g29-124/

    Compare to: http://www.digitrax.com/products/starter-sets/zepx/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    My DCS 51 Zephyr Xtra has an additional row of buttons on the left side. I wasn't aware there was a Zephyr Plus. The one in the video looks like the DCS 50 with a Japanese over lay to identify the functions of the buttons. The read out display showed a loco address of 03 and he used the function button to move the turn table.
    they are using 03 to control the loco, and #2t(?) to control the turntable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    Hi @NorsemanJack
    The simple answer is you use the command station to controls the loco and the turn table. No need to have a separate (simple) controller for the turn table. I'm not familiar on how Kato will be wiring it, but I'm sure it will be a neat solution. Do you have DCC?
    Thanks. I once purchased a really nice NCE radio DCC system and converted several locos just to try the "DCC experience." Really neat stuff, but in my lifelong quest for simplicity, I decided to step away from it and just stick with DC. My layout is perhaps the ultimate expression of KISS in the model railroading realm. A round the room shelf with four loops of Kato Unitrack, so little need for DCC. For sound, I'm not ashamed to admit that four of those Kato sound boxes with some strategically placed "surround" computer speakers can still be a lot of fun. I use the money I save by skipping DCC on more great N scale equipment, beer and pizza (maybe not in those exact proportions).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorsemanJack View Post
    Thanks. I once purchased a really nice NCE radio DCC system and converted several locos just to try the "DCC experience." Really neat stuff, but in my lifelong quest for simplicity, I decided to step away from it and just stick with DC. My layout is perhaps the ultimate expression of KISS in the model railroading realm. A round the room shelf with four loops of Kato Unitrack, so little need for DCC. For sound, I'm not ashamed to admit that four of those Kato sound boxes with some strategically placed "surround" computer speakers can still be a lot of fun. I use the money I save by skipping DCC on more great N scale equipment, beer and pizza (maybe not in those exact proportions).
    Excellent @NorsemanJack !!! Sounds like a fun way to exercise the N scale train hobby. Keep that train rolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorsemanJack View Post
    beer and pizza.
    Two of the major food groups! Yum...!
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    Quote Originally Posted by drbnc View Post
    Two of the major food groups! Yum...!
    Yes Sir!! Then there's Scotch, Steak, and some other crap that doesn't really matter.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorsemanJack View Post
    Yes Sir!! Then there's Scotch, Steak, and some other crap that doesn't really matter.....
    How about some corn nuts, an Old Fashion, and Oysters to go with that steak. OK ... sorry ... I digrees.
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    Corn nuts..... hmmmm…….. Maybe there is something more!

    Did I mention that I think that Kato turntable is really cool? (DCC or otherwise)

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