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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-7038-1 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE AC4400CW - Union Pacific - 6735

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Stock Number 176-7038-1
Original Retail Price $160.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine AC4400CW
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, GE AC4400CW (Details)
Road or Company Name Union Pacific (Details)
Reporting Marks UP
Road or Reporting Number 6735
Paint Color(s) Yellow and Gray
Print Color(s) Red
Paint Scheme Lightning Bolt
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder
Announcement Date 2017-01-06
Release Date 2017-06-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety AC4400CW
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Years Produced 1993 – 2004
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Low Number Boards, Beveled Cab

Model Information: Kato introduced the AC4400CW in 2005. It is directly derived from the C44-9W introduced in 1997, as both are visually very similar.
Performance is excellent. They run smoothly and acceleration from a stop is very clean. They also have very good pulling power. Their only flaw is that they are limited to 11"-radius curves and broader. As with many 6-axle models, they have a high chance of derailing on tighter curves.

Features: Cab, Headlight, Inverter Cabinet, and Number Board details accurate for each prototype roadname. Models have directional headlights and lighted walkway-mounted ditch lights, as well as lighted Number Boards.
Five-pole motor with dual brass flywheels for smooth operation.

DCC Information: DCC-Friendly mechanism for easy drop-in of a DCC decoder.

Prototype History:
The GE AC4400CW (also known as the AC44CW) is a 4,400 horsepower (3,300 kW) diesel-electric locomotive that was built by GE Transportation Systems between 1993 and 2004. It is like the Dash 9-44CW, but features AC traction motors instead of DC, with a separate inverter per motor. In appearance, the AC4400CW is similar to GE's more powerful locomotive, the AC6000CW.

A relatively high-powered locomotive, the AC4400CW is "the most successful present day locomotive." Over the 11 years in which it was produced, GE constructed 2,834 examples for North American railroads. In 2005, all Class I freight railroads except Norfolk Southern and Canadian National owned at least one AC4400CW. As a result of more stringent emissions requirements that came into effect on January of that year, GE no longer offers the AC4400CW, replacing it with the ES44AC.

Road Name History:
The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP) is a freight hauling railroad that operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Union Pacific Railroad network is the largest in the United States and employs 42,600 people. It is also one of the world's largest transportation companies.

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years Union Pacific Corporation has grown by acquiring other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Denver & Rio Grande Western).

Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is the BNSF Railway, the nation's second largest freight railroad, which also primarily services the Continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Together, the two railroads have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the U.S.

Read more on Wikipedia and on Union Pacific official website.

Paint Scheme:
Applied to many AC4400CW is the Union Pacific "Lightning Bolt" paint scheme that features the Winged Shield on the nose and a "zig zag" stripe on the side.

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 2017-06-03 10:45:32

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