ETR 500, or even the new Alsthom AGV (sort of). And WOW does it have some massively bright lights! You won't miss this train coming!
The lights...well just getting them to work was a huge issue. And that reminds me of the DCC decoder installation process.
I go into a bit more detail in the video, but the bottom line is that this so-called "DCC-ready" train from Kato (using their proprietary EM-13 Motor Decoder and two FL 12 decoders for the lights on the cab cars - see this post at Sumida Crossing for a great overview) was anything but easy. Here's why:
- Not really intuitive where the decoders go.
- Not intuitive which way the decoders get inserted.
- When you do get the decoder inserted, it may not necessarily have good contact.
- If you do get the decoder installed, and it manages to have good contact in all those places it should have contact, its not at all clear if Kato's decoders will want to function like every other decoder on the planet.
The good news in all of this is that you have friends who can help! I have to say (and not for the first time) that the folks over at the Japanese N Scale forum are about the friendliest and most helpful folks on the planet. Here's the specific thread where I presented my problems and got excellent (and fast!) responses from Inobu on the forum. This is a great hobby!