N Gauge Plug-n-Play Decoder

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Plug-n-Play Decoders are designed to drop in place of the standard circuitry of a locomotive. Often replacing the lighting board for example.

N Gauge Plug-n-Play (PnP) Decoders

There are several locomotive manufacturers who have designed their equipment to make it easy to install a PnP decoder. Often a compatible decoder is made by more than one manufacturer.

KATO Locomotives

Most modern KATO equipment can be fitted with a compatible decoder from Digitrax. KATO also released their own decoders

KATO Decoders
Code Name Description
29-351 EM13 Motor unit decoder
29-352 FL12 End car decoder switches between red and white depending on direction
29-353 FL11 Lighting decoder for passsenger cars (needs 11-209 LED Lighting Kit)
KATO American Prototypes
Model Decoder
RDC Digitrax DN122K2, other?
SD80 SD90 Digitrax DN141K2, other?
C44-9W Digitrax DN144K, other?
RS-2, RSC-2 Digitrax DN148K, other?
SD40-2 Digitrax DN149K2, other?
P42, PA-1, E-8 Digitrax DN163K0A, other?
F3 (A+B) Digitrax DN163K0B, other?
C44-9W Digitrax DN163K1A, other?
SD70MAC, SD40-2, AC4400CW, (C44-9W) Digitrax DN163K1B, other?
SD80/90MAC, RS-2 RSC-2 Digitrax DN163K2, other?
Kato N GP40-2 & U25B Digitrax DN163A0, other?
Kato N SD50,60,60M Digitrax DN163A1, other?
Kato N SD40-2 Made in 2006+ Digitrax DN163K1C, other?

Atlas Locomotives

Both NCE and Digitrax make PnP decoders for Atlas locomotives. Lenz also manufactures the decoders that are factory installed in some of the Atlas range.

See also

  1. Decoder - General information on DCC Decoders
  2. Digitrax Mobile Decoder Listing
  3. KATO Decoder Info - Listing of which decoders go in which KATO locomotives (Google Sheets Database)