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    Default Kato 11-21x lighting kits and DCC

    I'm installing my lighting kits for my Meta styled Nippon-Sharyo cars, and one issue I have is they can be pretty blinky. I'm running DCC which I think makes simply adding a capacitor more difficult. There is lots of room in there, so I wonder, how might one go about adding a keep alive or even just a reasonable size cap? Is it possible? Has anyone tried this? Otherwise, the lighting is pretty hard to watch in some of the cars.
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    The Kato lighting kits for their passenger cars are REALLY GOOD at telling/showing you where your dirty tracks are. When I installed mine way back when, it ran fine on my home layout. But one day I took the same train to a show and ran it on a combined layout. Blinking all over the place. At first I thought it was the internal connections until I brought it back home and tried it on my layout and no blinking! Next train show, same thing. I think found a Bright Boy and went at it and no more blinking at the show.

    I guess you can add keep-alives but I haven't read anyone doing it. Theoretically it should work. I think the best and easiest attack of the problem is to clean your tracks first.

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    I'll try that. Honestly, it was my 36 inch programming track though, so I'll start there. I agree with theory though, and we'll see when I put it back together this weekend to program up some locos.
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    Make sure the wheels are clean, no black coating..
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    As a follow up, are these lighting kits all the same size? I have the 11-214 and want to install that into another of my kato car kits. However, they don't seem to fit correctly. I have the UP Excursion set and want to use the rest of these to light up the excursion cars. However, while I had no troubles lighting the nippon models, the excursion models are not so nice. Is it a different kit? The Kato docs imply it's the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techhobbies View Post
    As a follow up, are these lighting kits all the same size? I have the 11-214 and want to install that into another of my kato car kits. However, they don't seem to fit correctly. I have the UP Excursion set and want to use the rest of these to light up the excursion cars. However, while I had no troubles lighting the nippon models, the excursion models are not so nice. Is it a different kit? The Kato docs imply it's the same.
    Same kit. Kato uses the same light kit for all cars, there are marks to cut the plastic light bar.
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    I cleaned the copper from the tabs going up wheels. I put a small coat of NO-OX on the tabs and reassembled. That solved by problem.

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