Kato storage boxes are also available empty

Published: 2018-05-09 - By: Alain LM
Last updated on: 2021-08-09
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For those of you who own a Kato passenger train set, you might very well have a storage box that looks like a book that can be stored safely vertically if desired. Here is one from my collection.

Kato 106-090 CBQ Silver Streak Zephyr

I very much like these storage boxes; they provide perfect protection with a foam mold that specifically matches the cars and engines’ shape; they close easily and hermetically with a snap on the side, and the whole box is in addition protected by a cardboard box where the plastic box is inserted. So unboxing and boxing back when going to your club or exhibition is really fast.

I discovered some time ago that these bookcase boxes can be acquired empty. They are quite easy to find on-line; most of the vendors are from Japan, so you’ll have to pay a little extra for shipping (this is usually included in the displayed price). So, count on spending around $20 per box.

There are two sizes: the large one (21.5 cm x 31 cm – 8.5” x 12.2”) and the small one (19 cm x 23.7 cm – 7.5” x 9.3”). The large one is available in 6 variations, that differ from the foam mold inside, and the small one comes in only in 1 variation. You can also get the box (without foam) to accommodate up to 7 Kato jewel boxes.

Please note that the small bookshelf storage box is now used by Kato Lemke for the newest releases of the French TGV. These 10-car sets were previously shipped in a large box with a polystyrene storage case. They now ship in two of these small boxes slid together into a cardboard cover box.

Kato 10-1324 TGV Duplex

I have just acquired one of these boxes, Kato 10-214, (with 8 pre-cut slots) to house a set of Kato BN ‘Hockey stick‘ passenger cars that I recently received from a discontinued, used Kato set 106-017 - I could get some of the cars but without any packaging. That was a good opportunity to use the Kato storage box. Alas, the pre-cut foam is for shorter cars, except for the baggage that is a bit loose in its slot.

While not a total surprise or a real issue, I used utility knives to cut the foam down to the appropriate dimensions, and … voilà!

Okay, okay, the result is not so neat (the blades of my utility knives are quite blunt). Anyway, my new acquisition is now properly stored and secured. That is what counts, after all.

So, all in all, a very good solution for storing your collection in a safe and handy way. Obviously, this is not limited to Kato cars, but only by your imagination…


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About the Author

Alain is an avid n-scale modeler who collects North American rolling stock with a focus on Canadian railroads and BNSF and all its predecessors. He occasionally purchases other models from European railroads. He has been using DCC since it's been available and successfully mixes North American and European DCC equipment. Alain regularly contributes to the TroveStar N Scale Model Trains Database (code, data and blogs), as well as to JMRI. By day, Alain works for a world-class railway signaling firm as an automation and real-time industrial computing engineer. This Frenchman lives near Paris.