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Specific Item Information: 3 car basic set includes 1 motorized car and 2 end / cab cars. Comes in a cardboard box with styrofoam insert. Includes Kato railer tool. At our local club we call this model the 'Flying Banana'.
Prototype Information: Doctor Yellow is a test and diagnostic train built specifically for maintenance of way on the high speed bullet train lines (Shinkansen) in Japan. These trains simultaneously test both the quality of the track and of the catenary lines that deliver overhead power to the trains. The term doctor is used because they are quite literally 'doctors' for the rail lines. The 'yellow' part of the name refers to the bright yellow paint livery with distinguishes these trains from the normal revenue consists.
For the first four years of its existence, JR-West leased its highest-revenue line, the Sanyō Shinkansen, from the separate Shinkansen Holding Corporation. JR-West purchased the line in October 1991 at a cost of 974.1 billion JPY (about US$7.2 billion) in long-term payable debt.
JNRSC sold 68.3% of JR-West in an initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in October 1996. After JNRSC was dissolved in October 1998, its shares of JR-West were transferred to the government-owned Japan Railway Construction Public Corporation (JRCC), which merged into the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT) as part of a bureaucratic reform package in October 2003. JRTT offered all of its shares in JR-West to the public in an international IPO in 2004, ending the era of government ownership of JR-West. JR-West is now listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Nagoya Stock Exchange, Osaka Securities Exchange and the Fukuoka Stock Exchange.
The design and distribution of models for the North American market are handled by their U.S. subsidiary, Kato USA, located in Schaumburg, Illinois.
The design and distribution of models for the European market are handled by their partner, Lemke, located in Germany
The Kato (pronounced kah-toe) model railroad companies were founded by Yuji Kato, father of current president Hiroshi Kato, of the parent company Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd.
Item created by: nscalestation on 2017-08-16 00:18:08. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-13 04:38:30
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