New Product Announcement:
North American Automatic Crossing Gate
Estimated Delivery:  May 2017

Reservation Deadline: April 7, 2017

Hotly demanded! Kato will be bringing an automated  electronic crossing gate, complete with lights, sounds, and  infrared sensors for detecting locomotives and cars! Fully automated and DCC friendly!

North American Automatic Crossing Gate Includes:

  • 2 x Sloped ramp pieces with painted double yellow lines

  • 2 x 2 7/16” Sensor Tracks + Sensor cables

  • Complete crossing gate assembly with lights, gates, speaker, and track

  • Optional Sticker sheet

  • 5V1.2A Power Supply Plug + power supply cable

  • English language instruction manual

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

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20-652-1 North American
Automatic
Crossing Gate
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20-653 Double Track
Attachment Set For
Automatic
Crossing Gate
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20-654 Extension Cable For
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New Product Announcement:
Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha
Estimated Delivery:  Mid 2017

Reservation Deadline: March 24, 2017

 Prototype Information:

From 1947-1961, the Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha ran passenger excursions between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest, operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The Olympian Hiawatha took scheduled excursions through scenic Idaho, Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains, and Washington’s Cascade range. On June 29, 1947, the Milwaukee Road inaugurated its streamlined flagship on a 43-hour, 30-minute schedule. This was advertised as being a “speedliner.” The railroad contracted industrial designer Brooks Stevens to design the train consist, which included some unique and signature cars of the Milwaukee Road. In 1952, the first full-length “Super Dome” cars were added, which included 68 dome seats and 28 lounge seats. The dome area featured seats positioned lengthwise, facing the 625 square foot double-pane windows. Ideal for insulation, and sightseeing.

 Motive Power:

The Milwaukee Road used a total of three different locomotives to pull the consist between Chicago and Olympia, WA in the early 50's - two electrics (used on electrified portions of the journey) and the EMD FP7 - a specialized variation of the F7A which was lengthened to accommodate a larger water reservoir for its steam generators (a necessity for long distance passenger service like that of the Olympian Hiawatha). While E units could also have filled this role (and did, in later years), their A1A truck design (spreading their weight and giving them less traction) made them less than ideal for handling the steep grades of the Milwaukee's route through the Rocky Mountains. For the Olympian Hiawatha release, Kato will be making a new FP7A locomotive and a new tooled version of the F7B featuring a winterization hatch (a necessity for trips through the northern US and across the Rockies!)

Passenger Car Set Features:

  • Totally new FP7 mechanism and new F7B shell to reflect the prototypical appearance of the Milwaukee equipment

  • All new uniquely tooled cars for the Hiawatha train.

  • Each car is equipped with low flange wheels and KATO magnetic knuckle couplers.

  • the Post 1952 Super Dome and Distinctive Tail car will be exquisitely modeled with full maroon interiors and flush windows.

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note: This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

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At the time of this announcement KATO could only offer ESTIMATED PRICES to dealers and distributors.  If the prices are adjusted at the time of delivery we will apply the same discount percentage to the adjusted MSRP.  

 

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106-0430 FP7 & F7B Locomotive Set
Milwaukee Road
#'s 95A/95B

Notes:  All New Tooling!
Including All New Mechanism!
B-Unit with Winterization Hatch

$190.00
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176-2301 FP7 Locomotive
Milwaukee Road
#95C
$110,00
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106-082 Olympian Hiawatha Passenger Set

Milwaukee Road

9-Car Set

Baggage-Dormitory #1313

48 Seat Coach #524

48 Seat Coach #531

Super Dome Coach #53

Diner #115

14 Section Touralux Sleeper
"Mount St. Helens" #5746

10-6 Sleeper
"Lake Pewaukee" #15

10-6 Sleeper
"Lake Oconomowoc" #5

8-DB Lounge-Observation
"Coffee Creek" #15

 

$280.00
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11-650 Additional Number Boards
for FP7A
Milwaukee Road
$3.00
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176-082B Milwaukee Road
Olympian Hiawatha Bundle
Includes One Each of Above
BEST PRICE!
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New Product Announcements:

SD70M Locomotives - Estimated Delivery:

AC4400CW Locomotives - Estimated Delivery: May - June 2017

Reservation Deadline: February 28, 2017

Prototype Information for SD70M Locomotives:

Introduced in 1992, EMD SD70M was a 4000 horsepower locomotive that ran on EMD's new steerable truck design, known as the HTCR-II radial truck. This new truck allowed the locomotive to transfer its power to the rails more efficiently, which in turn enabled two SD70M locomotives to pull a train that would have taken 3 SD40-2's to pull. The DC brother of the SD70MAC, the SD70M was primarily put to work hauling coal trains due to its high pulling capacity.

Model Information for SD70M Locomotives:

These models will be equipped with all-wheel electrical pick-up and blackened metal wheels in trucks that replicate the HTCR Phase II trucks. The NS and UP versions will feature a Phase II Wide Cab and Flared Radiators.

Model Features for SD70M Locomotives:
  • Powerful five-pole KATO motor with dual brass flywheels

  • Floating-axle shock-absorber design to maximize tracking and performance

  • Directional Headlight and illuminated, preprinted numberboards

  • Kato magnetic knuckle coupler

  • DCC Friendly mechanism ready for drop-in decoder installation

  • Drop in DCC compatible with the DIGITRAX DN163K1C, DIGITRAX DN163K1D

Prototype Information for AC4400CW Locomotives:

In 1994, GE delivered the first AC4400CW locomotive, their answer to EMD's successful SD70MAC. Nearly 10 years later, the AC4400CW has become one of the most successful locomotives in the history of North American railroading. The AC4400CW is operated by railroads from East to West and Canada to Mexico.

Model Information for AC4400CW Locomotives:

The Kato AC4400CW features Cab, Headlight, Inverter Cabinet, and Number Board details accurate for each prototype roadname. Models have directional headlights and lighted walkway-mounted ditch lights, as well as lighted Number Boards. The models feature Kato Magnetic Knuckle Couplers, our five-pole motor with dual brass flywheels for smooth operation, and a DCC-Friendly mechanism for easy drop-in of a DCC decoder.

Model Features for AC4400CW Locomotives:
  • DCC friendly mechanism

  • Directional headlights with illuminated ditchlights and numberboards

  • Powerful five pole motor with all wheel electrical pickup and blackened wheels

  • Appropriate Numberboard placement for the prototypical model

  • Drop in DCC compatible with the DIGITRAX DN163K1C

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note: This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

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At the time of this announcement KATO could only offer ESTIMATED PRICES to dealers and distributors.  If the prices are adjusted at the time of delivery we will apply the same discount percentage to the adjusted MSRP.  

 

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176-8607 SD70M
Norfolk Southern
#2592
$120.00
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176-8608 SD70M
Norfolk Southern
#2610
$120.00
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176-8609 SD70M
Union Pacific
#4843
$120.00
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176-8610 SD70M
Union Pacific
#4848
$120.00
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176-7035 AC4400CW
C&NW
#8804
$120.00
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176-7036 AC4400CW
C&NW
#8820
$120.00
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176-7037 AC4400CW
Union Pacific
#6717
$120.00
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176-7038 AC4400CW
Union Pacific
#6735
$120.00
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New Product Announcements:
GS-4 SP Lines #4449 (Re-Release)
GS-4 BNSF Excursion Black #4449
SP Lines Daylight Passenger Car Set (As delivered Paint Scheme)
BethGon Protein Gondola 8-Car Sets
Estimated Delivery:  As noted below

Reservation Deadline: November 25, 2016

 Information for the SP Daylight Locos and Passenger Set:

Kato will be re-releasing the N Scale 4449 in her recognizable Daylight Southern Pacific “Lines” paint scheme in N Scale. This DCC friendly locomotive includes revised drives for a smoother ride. Add the 10 Car Passenger set, along with four copies of the add-on to create the full 1940’s 18-car Daylight consist! Considered to be “The Most Beautiful Train in the World,” model railroaders of all ages will enjoy displaying this masterpiece on their layout. Unlike our past release of the Daylight, which represented a later look at the train, our rerun will represent the early 1940’s “as delivered” look of the Daylight where it ran under the name “Southern Pacific Lines.”

BNSF Paint Scheme:

The N Scale 4449 will also be available in our new BNSF “Excursion Black” paint scheme. In 2000, the Daylight was repainted black and silver for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe employee appreciation special. It was to celebrate the BNSF freight railroad and to commemorate the days of the 4449 and other GS locomotives assigned to freight, helper, or local passenger trains. This train excursion went through Seattle, Washington and then east into Montana before heading back to her home in Portland, Oregon.

 Information for the BethGon Protein Gondola 8-Car Sets:

Coal is no longer sold at the volume it once was in the United States, and many coal carrying railroad cars have sadly been left to rust. Bethgon Coalporters could transport 44,000 pounds of these “black diamonds,” a necessity for the railroad in the era of a coaldriven country; therefore, a need of recycling these cars had to be found! Since the use of grain for animal feed is popular for farmers in the western part of the United States, these cars proved up for the challenge and were converted for use as a Protein Gondola. These covered gondolas are used in freight trains in the western and southern parts of the states in long, endless fleets. The converted coalporters provide useful feed for farm animals. Since the load of feed is biodegradable, and needed to be delivered as quickly as possible, trains carrying these long loads are placed on top priority on the rails. Kato’s N Scale 8 Car Bethgon Protein Gondola Sets, with smooth-rolling trucks, metal wheels, and shock absorber construction will allow modelers to put together lengthy freight consists with ease! Since Kato is currently the only model railroad manufacturer producing these sets, it will be a great addition for any model railroad enthusiast. Modelers will easily be able to remove the top cover and convert the cars into an open coalporter! These sets will be available in Burlington Northern and SBTX paint schemes. The BN set will tentatively be available in March, 2017, while the SBTX will be available in April, 2017.

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note: This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

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126-0307 GS-4 4-8-4 Steam Loco
Southern Pacific
#4449
Delivery: 2/17
$240.00
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126-0312 GS-4 4-8-4 Steam Loco
BNSF Excursion Black
#4449
Delivery: 2/17
$240.00
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106-062 SP Lines Daylight
10-Car Passenger Set
Delivery: 3/17

Note: Loco shown in photo at left is not included with the 10-Car Passenger Set
 but can be purchased separately above.

$260.00
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106-6309 SP Lines Daylight
2-Car Articulated
Add-On Car Set
Delivery: 3/17

Note: Photo at left is of the previous release with different lettering.

$55.00
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106-4650 BethGon Protein Gondola
8-Car Set
Burlington Northern
Set #1
Delivery: 3/17
$155.00
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106-4651 BethGon Protein Gondola
8-Car Set
Burlington Northern
Set #2
Delivery: 3/17
$155.00
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106-4652 BethGon Protein Gondola
8-Car Set
SBTX
Set #1
Delivery: 4/17
$155.00
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106-4653 BethGon Protein Gondola
8-Car Set
SBTX
Set #2
Delivery: 4/17
$155.00
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New Product Announcement: GE ES44AC "GEVO" Locomotives
BethGon Coalporter 8-Car Sets
Estimated Delivery:  As noted below

Reservation Deadline: October 28, 2016

 Prototype Information ES44AC Locomotives:

The ES (Evolution Series) of locomotives are built by GE Transportation Systems and designed to meet the U.S. EPA's Tier 2 locomotive emissions standards that took effect in 2005. These Evolution Series locomotives are equipped with AC traction motors and are powered by a newly designed "GEVO-12" 12 cylinder engine that produces the same power as the 16 cylinder AC4400CW, but with fewer emissions and greater fuel economy. It also carries a redesigned air-to-air dual-fan heat exchanger, which gives it its distinct "oversized" radiator; a common spotting feature for these new locomotives.

Model Information ES44AC Locomotives:
  • Multiple body styles to reflect different "as delivered" railroad specifications

  • Updated paint schemes with additional warning labels and printing

  • Powerful five-pole KATO motor with dual brass flywheels

  • Directional Headlight and illuminated, preprinted numberboards

  • Illuminated ditch lights

  • Kato magnetic knuckle coupler

  • DCC Friendly mechanism ready for drop-in decoder installation

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note: This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

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176-8922 ES44AC
Union Pacific
#5475
Delivery: 2/17
$120.00 Click the
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176-8923 ES44AC
Union Pacific
#5530
Delivery: 2/17
$120.00 Click the
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176-8924 ES44AC
BNSF
#5751
Delivery: 3/17
$120.00 Click the
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176-8925 ES44AC
BNSF
#5785
Delivery: 3/17
$120.00 Click the
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176-8926 ES44AC
Canadian National
#2801
Delivery: 6/17
$120.00 Click the
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176-8927 ES44AC
Canadian National
#2825
Delivery: 6/17
$120.00 Click the
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106-4623 BethGon Coalporters
8 Car Set
Union Pacific/CMO
Delivery: 2/17
$120.00 Click the
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106-4624 BethGon Coalporters
8 Car Set
Norfolk Southern
Delivery: 2/17
$120.00 Click the
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106-4625 BethGon Coalporters
8 Car Set
BNSF - Swoosh
Delivery: 2/17
$120.00 Click the
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New Product Announcement:
Amtrak ACS-64 Locomotives (now available individually)
Estimated Delivery: December 2016
Reservation Deadline: September 30, 2016

 

NEW! ASC-64 Locomotive Releases - Three Road Numbers including #600 "David L. Gunn":

Previously available only in a bundle set matched up with Amfleet® I cars, Kato will be releasing individual ACS-64 locomotives for modelers to build their fleets! Three new road numbers will be available, including #600, the first ACS-64 to enter Amtrak service which has special “David L. Gunn” (President of Amtrak® from 2002 – 2005) lettering on the nose!

ASC-64 Locomotive Prototype Information:

The ACS-64, also known as the "Amtrak Cities Sprinter", is Amtrak's replacement of the aging AEM-7 and HHP-8 electric locomotives for operation in the Northeast and Keystone Corridors. Built by Siemens and based on the EuroSprinter European electric locomotive design, the Cities Sprinter is nonetheless a unique model to North America and is built entirely in the United States. The Prototype, entering service as of February 2014, is meant to pull as many as 18 Amfleet cars at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour! The ACS-64 has been built from the ground up to maximize pulling power and smooth running. Featuring all new molding and detailing, designed with assistance from both Siemens and Amtrak, the ACS-64 has drop-in DCC compatibility, directional lighting, adjustable pantographs, and a seamless, modern look!

 ASC-64 Locomotive Model Features:

  • Model designed using information from Amtrak and Siemens

  • Mechanism is DCC friendly

  • Exquisite roof detailing with all parts pre-installed

  • Model is geared to match P42 models to replicate prototypical speeds

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note: This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

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137-3001 Amtrak ACS-64
Electric Loco #600
"David L. Gunn"
$150.00
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137-3002 Amtrak ACS-64
Electric Loco #627
$150.00
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137-3003 Amtrak ACS-64
Electric Loco #648
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New Product Announcement:
SDP40F's in Santa Fe and Maersk - Estimated Delivery Nov/Dec 2016
Reservation Deadline: August 31, 2016

Prototype & Model Information:

After they served out their lives in Amtrak service, many for the venerable SDP40F diesels made their way into Freight service for the Santa Fe where they continued plying the rails for almost 15 years before their eventual retirement. Coming along with their repurposing in freight service, these units were modified with a number of changes from their Amtrak days - the entire front porch area was gated in with safety railings, while two notches were introduced on the nose to allow more easy access to the front deck from the steps on the nose. Kato will produce two different variations of this late-appearance freight SDP40F - the Santa Fe and the MAERSK (BNSF) type. Each one carrying protoype-specific detailing that represents the individual unit styles. Pair each up with MAXI-I Intermodal cars or the N Mixed Freight Train Set!

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

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Santa Fe
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176-9212 SDP40F
Santa Fe
#5253
$125.00 Click the
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176-9213 SDP40F
Santa Fe
#5267
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176-9241 SDP40F
BNSF Maersk
#6976
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New Product Announcement:
Union Pacific FEF 4-8-4 Steam Locos - Estimated Delivery Oct/Nov 2016
Reservation Deadline: May 27, 2016

One of Kato’s most popular locomotives gets a new coat of paint! The FEF-3 4-8-4 Steam locomotive will be returning this coming Christmas season in both its original “Excursion” black look (as a re-run of #844) and a brand new “Freight” black scheme (#838, available for the first time!). These two locomotives will have all of the same features and silky-smooth operation as the previous runs, including Kato’s revolutionary coreless motor drive, (hidden) articulated tender wheels, and operating side-rods.

The freight version of the FEF-3 will have a darker smokebox, a matte finish, and lack the white “rims” of the Excursion version.

 FEF Prototype Information:

The Union Pacific FEF (Four Eight Four), along with the GS-4 is easily one of the most recognizable US steam prototypes still in operation today. The FEF-3 series of steam locomotives was delivered in 1944 and were the last, and some of the largest, steam locomotives delivered for use by the Union Pacific. Operated solely by the Union Pacific, the FEF's (sometimes referred to as "Northerns", due to the NP's being the first to build steam locomotives with the 4-8-4 wheel arrangement) were intended primarily to be passenger locomotives but the UP's large fleet of available diesels meant that the FEF's were put to work in secondary passenger and fast freight service. Today, FEF-3 #844 (at some times during history also known as #8444 to avoid numbering conflictions with a diesel loco) survives to pull excursion trains as a publicity locomotive for the Union Pacific, and is one the UP's oldest operating locmotives. Accompanying the "living legend" FEF-3 is always at least one of a pair of Union Pacific Water Tenders, carrying spare water for the steam engine (Water filling stations being a rarity in the diesel era). These unique re-built cars have seen service as both Steam and Gas Turbine Electric fuel tenders before finally settling into their current forms as part of UP's steam heritage fleet where they operate as separate (but always-present) cars.

 Model Information:

The Kato N Scale FEF-3 follows in the footsteps of its Southern Pacific 4-8-4 cousin, refining the basic concept of a high-power, flexible steam locomotive which is easily upgradable to DCC by coupling a special, isolated coreless motor drive system with heavy duty flywheels and a flexible cross-braced suspension system that gives the locomotive a high torque, high traction grip that ensures constant and consistent pressure spread across the primary drivers. Another benefit of the coreless motor system is that the locomotive will have an extremely low starting voltage, giving the locomotive slow creeping speeds that will allow modelers to appreciate the complex arrangement of moving side rods that make steam operation so exciting. Other features, such as the locomotive's unique "Centipede" style tender being fitted with special articulation mechanisms that appear seamless when observed but will bend and flex to allow the locomotive to navigate tighter corners than should otherwise be possible! The Water Tenders will be an all-new design and will be sold as a two-pack for modelers to supplement their FEF-3 or other UP steam locomotives. Just like the prototype models, the two tenders are not identical, having (in addition to one car having an externally mounted American Flag plate) different weld mark details which will be replicated on the models of the two cars, ensuring that their unique spirit is preserved when translated into model form. The third component of this Union Pacific release will be a 7-car Excursion train consist featuring two brand new cars - A Power Car (A modified/rebuilt Baggage Dormitory car prototypically used for providing head end power to the trailing cars) and a UP Business car "Kenefick" will form the head and tail of the excursion consist, which will include notable cars like the vibrantly decorated Promontory Museum car, with its full-body American Flag wrap, and a pair of Dome cars.

 FEF Model Features:

  • Semi-modern appearance is appropriate for modern layouts behind UP Excursion trains as well as historical layouts operating freight and UP passenger services.

  • New coreless motor design with dual brass flywheels for silky-smooth performance at all speeds, even slow crawls.

  • Special cross-braced shock absorbers equalize the pressure on the locomotive drivers to maximize traction.

  • Illuminated headlight and locomotive numberboards. The FEF tender does not have operational lights, but lighting kits are available for the special Water Tender cars (sold separately)

  • DCC friendly design, allowing for easy drop-in installation of DCC.


KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note: This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

Your reservation is a firm purchase commitment.
Please read our policy on canceling reservations.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

At the time of this announcement KATO could only offer ESTIMATED PRICES to dealers and distributors.  If the prices are adjusted at the time of delivery we will apply the same discount percentage to the adjusted MSRP.  

 

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126-0401 4-8-4 FEF-3 Steam Locomotive
Union Pacific
#844
Excursion Version
Re-Run
$275.00
Estimated
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126-0402 4-8-4 FEF-3 Steam Locomotive
Union Pacific
#838
Freight Version
New!
$275.00
Estimated
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New Product Announcement:
Amtrak SDP40F Diesel Locomotives
Estimated Delivery: April/May 2016
Reservation Deadline: December 4, 2015

Prototype Information:

The EMD SDP40F was Amtrak's first, official, built to order locomotive (previously they had operated using second hand equipment, such as E8's, F7's and even GG1's). A need for new and more reliable equipment spurred the development of the SDP40F. Based on the framework of the SD40-2, the SDP40F was geared for speed, with a top operational velocity of 100 mph and a pair of steam generators to supply heat and hot water for the passenger trains it would pull, such as the ex-Santa Fe "El Capitan" and "Super chief" (renamed the "Southwest Chief" in its combined state). Thanks to their SD40-2 heritage, the SDP40F's were fairly simply converted to freight use, which allowed them to maintain relevance after the introduction of their successor, the EMD F40PH, in the late 70's and early 80's. A number of SDP40F's were traded over to the Santa Fe Railway in 1984 where they were modified and repainted into the distinctive warbonnet scheme and maintained in service for nearly 15 years.

 Model Features:

  • Type I Car body details represent the prototypical appearance of these units "as built".

  • Amtrak Phase I and Phase II paint

  • All locos will be equipped with body mounted KATO magnetic knuckle couplers

  • Locos feature directional Golden White LED headlights and illuminated numberboards

  • Locos have a powerful five pole motor with all wheel electrical pickup and blackened wheels

  • Locos are DCC friendly

KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note:  This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

Your reservation is a firm purchase commitment.
Please read our policy on canceling reservations.

 

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176-9201 SDP40F Locomotive
Amtrak Phase I
#504
$125.00 Click the
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176-9202 SDP40F Locomotive
Amtrak Phase I
#505
$125.00 Click the
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Closed
176-9203 SDP40F Locomotive
Amtrak Phase II
#529
$125.00 Click the
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176-9204 SDP40F Locomotive
Amtrak Phase II
#535
$125.00 Click the
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New Product Announcement:
Union Pacific #844 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
Union Pacific Water Car Set
Union Pacific Excursion Passenger Car Set

Estimated Delivery: Late 2014/Early 2015

 

NEW VIDEO!  Have a look at KATO USA's first production sample of the #844.  As you'll see this model is very easy to work with when installing a DCC or sound decoder.


 

 Prototype Information:

The Union Pacific FEF (Four Eight Four), along with the GS-4 is easily one of the most recognizable US steam prototypes still in operation today. The FEF-3 series of steam locomotives was delivered in 1944 and were the last, and some of the largest, steam locomotives delivered for use by the Union Pacific. Operated solely by the Union Pacific, the FEF's (sometimes referred to as "Northerns", due to the NP's being the first to build steam locomotives with the 4-8-4 wheel arrangement) were intended primarily to be passenger locomotives but the UP's large fleet of available diesels meant that the FEF's were put to work in secondary passenger and fast freight service. Today, FEF-3 #844 (at some times during history also known as #8444 to avoid numbering conflictions with a diesel loco) survives to pull excursion trains as a publicity locomotive for the Union Pacific, and is one the UP's oldest operating locmotives. Accompanying the "living legend" FEF-3 is always at least one of a pair of Union Pacific Water Tenders, carrying spare water for the steam engine (Water filling stations being a rarity in the diesel era). These unique re-built cars have seen service as both Steam and Gas Turbine Electric fuel tenders before finally settling into their current forms as part of UP's steam heritage fleet where they operate as separate (but always-present) cars.

 Model Information:

The Kato N Scale FEF-3 follows in the footsteps of its Southern Pacific 4-8-4 cousin, refining the basic concept of a high-power, flexible steam locomotive which is easily upgradable to DCC by coupling a special, isolated coreless motor drive system with heavy duty flywheels and a flexible cross-braced suspension system that gives the locomotive a high torque, high traction grip that ensures constant and consistent pressure spread across the primary drivers. Another benefit of the coreless motor system is that the locomotive will have an extremely low starting voltage, giving the locomotive slow creeping speeds that will allow modelers to appreciate the complex arrangement of moving side rods that make steam operation so exciting. Other features, such as the locomotive's unique "Centipede" style tender being fitted with special articulation mechanisms that appear seamless when observed but will bend and flex to allow the locomotive to navigate tighter corners than should otherwise be possible! The Water Tenders will be an all-new design and will be sold as a two-pack for modelers to supplement their FEF-3 or other UP steam locomotives. Just like the prototype models, the two tenders are not identical, having (in addition to one car having an externally mounted American Flag plate) different weld mark details which will be replicated on the models of the two cars, ensuring that their unique spirit is preserved when translated into model form. The third component of this Union Pacific release will be a 7-car Excursion train consist featuring two brand new cars - A Power Car (A modified/rebuilt Baggage Dormitory car prototypically used for providing head end power to the trailing cars) and a UP Business car "Kenefick" will form the head and tail of the excursion consist, which will include notable cars like the vibrantly decorated Promontory Museum car, with its full-body American Flag wrap, and a pair of Dome cars.

 Model Features:

  • FEF-3: Semi-modern appearance is appropriate for modern layouts behind UP Excursion trains as well as historical layouts operating freight and UP passenger services.

  • FEF-3: New coreless motor design with dual brass flywheels for silky-smooth performance at all speeds, even slow crawls.

  • FEF-3: Special cross-braced shock absorbers equalize the pressure on the locomotive drivers to maximize traction.

  • FEF-3: Illuminated headlight and locomotive numberboards. The FEF tender does not have operational lights, but lighting kits are available for the special Water Tender cars (sold separately)

  • FEF-3: DCC friendly design, allowing for easy drop-in installation of DCC. This locomotive is also available with DCC pre-installed from Kato USA!

  • Water Tenders: Can be upgraded with an optional light board to illuminate marker lights in either direction (sold separately)

  • Water Tenders: The separate "Flag" plate will be prototypically applied to the Jim Adams Car.

  • 11" (282mm) Minimum turning radius

  • All detail parts installed


KATO Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy in effect:  All authorized KATO dealers now must advertise new products at the suggested list price however this does not change our discount pricing policy.  To see our discount price simply add the products to your shopping cart.  You can always empty the shopping cart if you are not ready to order or reserve at this time.

Note: This is a limited offering.  We will take reservations until our allocations are sold out.  Please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Any units left for stock will be sold at a higher price than shown below so reserve yours in advanced to get our best price and best selection.

Your reservation is a firm purchase commitment.
Please read our policy on canceling reservations.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

At the time of this announcement KATO could only offer ESTIMATED PRICES to dealers and distributors.  If the prices are adjusted at the time of delivery we will apply the same discount percentage to the adjusted MSRP.  

 

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126-0401 4-8-4 FEF-3 Steam Locomotive
Union Pacific
#844
$275.00 Click the
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for pricing
Closed

106-085 Water Car Set

2-Car Set

#809 "Jim Adams"

#814 "Joe Jordan"

$79.00 Click the
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for pricing
Closed

106-086 Excursion Passenger Set

7-Car Set

Power Car #207 New Tooling!

Budd 10-6 Sleeper #202 "Willy James"

Museum Car #5779 "Promontory"

Dome Coach #7001 "Columbine"

Coach #5473 "Portland Rose"

Dome Diner #8008 "City of Portland"

Business Car "#119 "Kenefick" New Tooling!

$250.00 Click the
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