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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-055 - California Zephyr 11 Car Set (1st Release) - Burlington Route

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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-055 - California Zephyr 11 Car Set (1st Release) - Burlington Route Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line and
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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-055 - California Zephyr 11 Car Set (1st Release) - Burlington Route

Stock Number 106-055
Original Retail Price $250.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kato Passenger Cars North American Prototype
Prototype California Zephyr 11 Car Set (1st Release)
Road or Company Name Burlington Route (Details)
Road or Reporting Number multi
Paint Color(s) Silver
Paint Scheme California Zephyr
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 11
Multipack ID Number 106-055
Release Date 2004-10-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Smoothside
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: With newly tooled cars, this set recreates the first-year consist of the CZ with eight different car types. The exact specification of car type and car name for each of the cars in the set is below. Each car will feature a silver corrugated-side body, accurate CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR lettering, blackened metal wheels and Kato semi-automatic knuckle couplers. The Observation car will feature lighted tail lights, marker lights, tail sign. The interior of each of the cars can be dramatically lighted with the optional installation of our #11-204 1-car/11-206 6-car Light Kit (sold separately). Because of the recognition and history of the California Zephyr, this unprecedented set is sure to be coveted by railfans, rail enthusiasts and railroad historians around the world, not to mention the hobbyists modeling the CB&Q, D&RGW and WP. As an added bonus, this 11-car set includes enough N scale Unitrack at no additional cost for a first-class presentation of the set on a desk or shelf when not in operation on a layout (Included 9-pcs of 20-000 track + 1-pc 20-048 bumper). It was written that the California Zephyr was "a pretty train … pretty from any angle," the pinnacle of passenger railroad equipment. The Kato California Zephyr in N scale is sure to be equally impressive.

DCC Information: The tail observation car can be fitted with a Kato FL12 light decoder for controlling the tail lights.
There is a hatch hidden on the bottom of the car, below a removable piece (the one marked Kato Made in Japan); from there follow the instructions given on the following pages for Kato Japanese trains, that do apply for this car as well:
- DCC for Kato Japanese Trains
- Installing Kato Drop-In Decoders (EM13, FL12)
- [Kato USA Tech Corner] Installing DCC into the Train Suite Shikishima

Model Information: Kato boxed sets for North American 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.

Road Name History:
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington or as the Q, the Burlington Route served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and also in New Mexico and Texas through subsidiaries Colorado and Southern Railway, Fort Worth and Denver Railway, and Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.[citation needed] Its primary connections included Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. Because of this extensive trackage in the midwest and mountain states, the railroad used the advertising slogans "Everywhere West", "Way of the Zephyrs", and "The Way West". It merged into Burlington Northern in 1970.

In 1967, it reported 19,565 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 723 million passenger miles; corresponding totals for C&S were 1,100 and 10 and for FW&D were 1,466 and 13. At the end of the year CB&Q operated 8,538 route-miles, C&S operated 708 and FW&D operated 1362. (These totals may or may not include the former Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.)

Information sourced from 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 2016-05-13 10:50:00. Last edited by Powderman on 2021-02-27 10:41:16

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