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N Scale - Kato Lemke - 10-1219 - Passenger Train, Electric, Glacier Express - Rhaetian Railway

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N Scale - Kato Lemke - 10-1219 - Passenger Train, Electric, Glacier Express - Rhaetian Railway


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 10-1219
Brand Kato Lemke
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Box Set European Prototype
Prototype Passenger Train, Electric, Glacier Express (Details)
Road or Company Name Rhaetian Railway (Details)
Paint Color(s) Red and White
Paint Scheme Glacier Express
Coupler Type Other
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 7
Multipack ID Number 10-1219
Release Date 2014-04-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype Glacier Express
Model Variety 7-Unit
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era Epoch VI (2001 - Present)



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Specific Item Information: The Glacier Express is an international sightseeing train, one of the icons for Switzerland which is familiar to many people in the world. Running through the Swiss Alps from Zermatt to St. Moritz over two separate railways, it travels slowly, making the journey in a luxurious 8 hours so that the passengers can fully enjoy the magnificent Alpine landscape from the train’s panoramic viewing windows. This release represents the train in its post-2006 appearance, with the new large-windowed "premium coaches" and with the commemorative "World Heritage" paint scheme. It is scaled at 1/150 scale in order to ride on N gauge track, as the prototypical train is a narrow gauge train.

Model Information: Kato boxed sets for European Prototypes come in various shapes and sizes. These may contain complete train sets with track and power pack or may be as simple as a pair of passenger coaches. Many of the sets use "bookshelf" boxes with cardboard sleeves and carefully cut foam inserts.

Prototype History: The Glacier Express (GEX) is an express train connecting railway stations of the two major mountain resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz in the center of the Swiss Alps. The train is not an "express" in the sense of being a high-speed train, but rather, in the sense that it provides a one-seat ride for a eight-hours-long journey. In fact it has the reputation of being the slowest express train in the world. As St. Moritz and Zermatt are home to two well-known mountains, the Glacier Express is also said to travel from Matterhorn to Piz Bernina.

The journey from Zermatt starts at the dead end of a Alpine valley, the Mattertal, just below the world-renown Matterhorn at an elevation of 1,606 m (5,269 ft) before it descends to the huge valley of the Valais in Brig. It traverses the 291-kilometre-long (181 mi) journey through the center of the Swiss Alps, over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels, such as the 15.4 km-long (9.6 mi) Furka Tunnel at an elevation of 1,500 m (4,900 ft) to circumvent the Furka Pass, makes an intermediate stop at Andermatt on a secluded high Alpine valley, just to traverse its highest point on the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 m (6,670 ft) in order to descend to its lowest point at Chur at 585 m (1,919 ft). From Chur, the capital of the canton of Graubünden the GEX backtracks to higher altitudes again in order to reach the resort St. Moritz in a further valley to the south. Previously, before traversing the Albula Range by a tunnel at 1,800 metres (5,900 ft), in Filisur travelers can change to a connecting train to reach Davos to the east.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History: The Rhaetian Railway (German: Rhätische Bahn, Italian: Ferrovia Retica, Romansh: Viafier Retica), abbreviated RhB, is a Swiss transport company that owns the largest network of all private railway operators in Switzerland. The RhB operates all the railway lines of the Swiss Canton of Graub?nden/Grisons, except for the line from Sargans to the cantonal capital, Chur, which are operated by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS), and the line from Disentis/Must?r to the Oberalp Pass, and further on to Andermatt, Uri, which is operated by Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn (MGB). Inaugurated in 1888 and expanded from 1896 onwards in various sections, the RhB network is located almost entirely within Graub?nden, with one station across the Italian border at Tirano.

The Rhaetian Railway serves a number of major tourist destinations, such as St Moritz and Davos. One of the RhB lines, the Bernina Railway, crosses the Bernina Pass at 2,253 metres (7,392 ft) above sea level and connects with the Italian railway network at Tirano, Lombardy.

In 2008, the RhB section from the Albula/Bernina area (the part from Thusis to Tirano, including St Moritz) was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Albula-Bernina line is the first rail line in the world to be photographed and put on Google Street View.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information: Wolfgang Lemke GmbH from Haan, Germany, is an importer and also a manufacturer of model articles, especially for model railways in N and H0 scales.

Since 1990, Lemke has been the general importer for Kato's products in Germany and Europe. Not only American and Japanese models were imported, but also models for the German and European market were produced under the name 'Kato Lemke'.


Item created by: gdm on 2016-04-28 07:24:45. Last edited by gdm on 2018-05-25 10:26:37

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