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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-0944 - Engine, Diesel, C30-7 - Santa Fe - 8052

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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-0944 - Engine, Diesel, C30-7 - Santa Fe - 8052 Image Courtesy of Kato USA Inc.

Stock Number 176-0944
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine C30-7
Prototype Engine, Diesel, C30-7
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 8052
Paint Color(s) Blue and Yellow
Print Color(s) Yellow and Blue
Paint Scheme Freight Warbonnet
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2011-01-01
Release Date 2011-04-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety C30-7
Scale 1/160

Model Information: Kato introduced this model in December of 1994. They recycled the mechanism from their U30C of 1989. It is a typical "2nd generation" locomotive featuring some modern features like a split frame and flywheels. It also was constructed with Kato's "low friction drive" which meant a smooth running quite locomotive with excellent pickup. In 2011, Kato re-tooled this model and introduced a new frame that can support a drop-in decoder. The shell also comes with Kato knuckle couplers and full pilots. The shells of the two versions are *mostly* identical.

DCC Information: The early version (1989) does not support DCC. Models produced form 2011 support drop-in decoders.

Prototype Description: The C30-7 is a 6-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems between 1976 and 1986 as an updated U30C with a 16-cylinder 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW) FDL-series diesel engine. 1,137 were built for North American railroads.

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Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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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: Alain LM on 2016-09-11 15:35:37. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-04-20 01:21:23

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