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    Hello everyone. This is my first post and of course I need some help. I have a small DCC layout with Kato track and switches. I can't figure out how to throw the switches without a Kato Pak. What would I need so that I could use my MRC controller for the switches.? Thanks so much for any advice.

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    Hi Dave,
    A little more info would help. There are a variety of ways to do this. I'm not familiar with MRC DCC controllers, but which model do you have?
    Do you have the Kato Turnout Control switch? (That blue thing with the gray handle.)
    Do you have a regular train power pack with DC and AC accessories output?
    You could buy this: https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/kato...BoCMgMQAvD_BwE
    There are also DCC solutions, so the question is. How do you want to control your Turnouts. I'm assuming you call them "switches".
    BTW. Welcome dude!
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    If you want DCC to control your turnouts, you need a decoder for that purpose.....your controller talks to the decoder, the decoder talks to your turnout. I haven't done any turnout control with DCC, so I'm not sure if there is a decoder out there that will operate "momentary contact" turnouts like the Katos directly , or if you need a relay or something to keep from frying the motor on the turnout. Your Kato turnouts are designed to operate off the accessory output of a DC powerpak.

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    @MRLdave
    Is right, for example I use a Digitrax DS64. You can also use both (with the DS64) a remote switch or through the Digitrax command station. I use a DCS51.
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