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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-034 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 - Burlington Northern - 3110

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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-034 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 - Burlington Northern - 3110 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


N Scale - Kato USA - 176-034 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 - Burlington Northern - 3110 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


Stock Number 176-034
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine GP50
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern (Details)
Reporting Marks BN
Road or Reporting Number 3110
Paint Color(s) Green, Black, Orange
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety GP50
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1988-08-01



Specific Item Information: This model has Dynamic Breaks

Model Information: Kato introduced this model in 1988. It was a rather short-lived offering from Kato, consisting of the original 1988 run and a couple of special/limited runs (1989 and 1991). It is an older design, so if they do run another GP50 release, it is likely to use a new mechanism and possibly a re-tooled shell. It was quite well received when it came out.

DCC Information: This model is not DCC friendly or ready. However, please visit Brad Myers' most excellent DCC Blog for a guide to doing a DCC install.

Prototype History:
An EMD GP50 is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD). It is powered by a 16-cylinder EMD 645F3B diesel engine, which can produce between 3,500 and 3,600 hp (2,610 and 2,685 kW). 278 examples of this locomotive were built by EMD between 1980 and 1985. BN 3110-3162 were all delivered with five cab seats, the final five of these having the cab lengthened 23 in (584 mm) vs. the standard EMD cab. The GP50 retains the same overall length of 59 feet 2 inches (18.03 meters) as the EMD GP38, EMD GP38-2, EMD GP39, EMD GP39-2, EMD GP40 and EMD GP40-2.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

Read more on Wikipedia.

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 2016-05-04 05:54:18. Last edited by klausnahr on 2020-11-29 12:47:11

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