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N Scale - Kato USA - 126-0110 - Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado - New York Central - 9506

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Stock Number 126-0110
Original Retail Price $159.98
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Steam Engine 2-8-2 Mikado
Prototype Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado (Details)
Road or Company Name New York Central (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 9506
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Release Date 1996-04-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 2-8-2
Model Variety USRA Heavy Mikado
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: This model was introduced in 1996. A revised version was released in 2001. In 2007 the 20th Anniversary version was released. Finally, in 2008, Kato produced a KOBO-Custom DCC version. This model is an icon of the N Scale hobby. The Kato 2-8-2 was the first N-Scale steam model to achieve celebrity status. It runs fast and smooth, and it reset the consumer's expectations for what could be delivered for a reasonable price in N Scale for a steam engine.

Unfortunately, the engine doesn't pull well uphill. It is possible to equip it with an OEM traction tire, but this requires some work and partial disassembly. Once equipped, it pulls much better, but loses most of the pickup capability in two wheels. Not a major loss, but still noticeable on dirty track. By the standards of diesel engines, the performance is fine. Remember though that the other steam engines being produced in the 1990's were a huge step behind the performance of a typical 'modern' split-frame dual-flywheel diesel, so simply producing a steam engine as good as a diesel was a small miracle.

Kato changed the industry with this model and it is an excellent addition to the collection of anyone who models the steam era. But if you are a DCC person, save your pennies for a modern DCC-Read Kato production such as the FEF3.

DCC Information: It isn't in the least bit DCC-friendly. Don't even think about doing it yourself unless you are comfortable milling out space in the chassis.

Prototype History: The Heavy Mikado was "conceived" under the auspices of the United States Railway Administration (USRA), an agency established during WWI to regulate the railroad industry during the war. One of the first undertakings of the USRA was to develop locomotive (and rolling stock) designs that the railroads could share. This "common design" program was highly successful in streamlining production, and many USRA engines were used long after the war was over, essentially "outliving" the agency that conceived them.

The 2-8-2 is a railroad steam locomotive that has one leading axle followed by four powered driving axles and one trailing axle. This configuration of steam locomotive is most often referred to as a Mikado, or shortened to just "Mike". The USRA ultimately created 12 different steam locomotive designs, including both the Heavy Mikado and Light Mikado. Both the Light and Heavy Mikado used the same 63" drivers and running gear, but the Heavy Mike had a fatter boiler and put out more pounds on the drivers. This resulted in a more powerful locomotive.

Under the USRA's watch, 233 Heavy Mikados were built. Including copies built later, the total number of Heavy Mikes was 957 units, purchased originally by 23 different railroads, primarily in freight service. Some Mikado steam engine are still in service today, employed mostly for tourist or railfan trips.

Road Name History: The New York Central Railroad (reporting mark NYC), known simply as the New York Central in its publicity, was a railroad operating in the Northeastern United States. Headquartered in New York City, the railroad served most of the Northeast, including extensive trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Massachusetts, plus additional trackage in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

The railroad primarily connected greater New York and Boston in the east with Chicago and St.Louis in the midwest along with the intermediate cities of Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Detroit. NYC's Grand Central Terminal in New York City is one of its best known extant landmarks.

In 1968 the NYC merged with its former rival, the Pennsylvania Railroad, to form Penn Central (the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad joined in 1969). That company went bankrupt in 1970 and was taken over by the federal government and merged into Conrail in 1976. Conrail was broken up in 1998, and portions of its system was transferred to the newly formed New York Central Lines LLC, a subsidiary leased to and eventually absorbed by CSX and Norfolk Southern. Those companies' lines included the original New York Central main line, but outside that area it included lines that were never part of the New York Central system. CSX was able to take one of the most important main lines in the nation, which runs from New York City and Boston to Cleveland, Ohio, as part of the Water Level Route, while Norfolk Southern gained the Cleveland, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois portion of the line called the Chicago line.

At the end of 1925, the New York Central System operated 11,584 miles (18,643 km) of road and 26,395 miles (42,479 km) of track; at the end of 1967 the mileages were 9,696 miles (15,604 km) and 18,454 miles (29,699 km).

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Brand/Importer Information: KATO U.S.A. was established in 1986, with the first U.S. locomotive model (the GP38-2, in N-Scale) released in 1987. Since that time, KATO has come to be known as one of the leading manufacturers of precision railroad products for the modeling community. KATO's parent company, Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to producing ready-to-run HO and N scale models that are universally hailed for their high level of detail, craftsmanship and operation, KATO also manufactures UNITRACK. UNITRACK is the finest rail & roadbed modular track system available to modelers today. With the track and roadbed integrated into a single piece, UNITRACK features a nickel-silver rail and a realistic-looking roadbed. Patented UNIJOINERS allow sections to be snapped together quickly and securely, time after time if necessary.

The Kato U.S.A. office and warehouse facility is located in Schaumburg, Illinois, approximately 30 miles northwest of Chicago. All research & development of new North American products is performed here, in addition to the sales and distribution of merchandise to a vast network of wholesale representatives and retail dealers. Models requiring service sent in by hobbyists are usually attended to at this location as well. The manufacturing of all KATO products is performed in Japan.

Supporters of KATO should note that there is currently no showroom or operating exhibit of models at the Schaumburg facility. Furthermore, model parts are the only merchandise sold directly to consumers. (Please view the Parts Catalog of this website for more specific information.)


Item created by: gdm on 2016-02-24 06:20:56. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-15 20:48:32

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