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N Scale - Kato - 10-896 - JR 923-3000 Doctor Yellow - Japan Railways West - 923-3000


N Scale - Kato - 10-896 - JR 923-3000 Doctor Yellow - Japan Railways West - 923-3000


Brand Kato
Stock Number 10-896
Original Retail Price 12420¥
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Japanese Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
Road or Company Name Japan Railways West (Details)
Reporting Marks Doctor Yellow
Road or Reporting Number 923-3000
Paint Color(s) Yellow
Print Color(s) Blue
Paint Scheme Doctor Yellow
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 3
Multipack ID Number 10-896
Series Name Doctor Yellow
Release Date 2012-07-15
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Passenger Cars
Model Subtype Shinkansen
Model Variety 923 series inspection train
Prototype JR 923-3000 Doctor Yellow
Region Japan
Era/Epoch Era V: 1979 - Present


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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.

Road/Company Information:
JR-West was incorporated as a business corporation (kabushiki kaisha) on April 1, 1987 as part of the breakup of government-owned Japanese National Railways (JNR). Initially, it was a wholly owned subsidiary of the JNR Settlement Corporation (JNRSC), a special company created to hold the assets of the former JNR while they were shuffled among the new JR companies.

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.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Kato Precision Railroad Models (関水金属株式会社 Sekisui Kinzoku Kabushikigaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of model railroad equipment in N and HO scales. The Tokyo-based company manufactures models based on Japanese prototypes (such as the Shinkansen bullet train) for the Japanese market, North American prototypes for the North American market and European high-speed trains for European market.

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 2017-08-19 17:13:14

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