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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-0011 - Freight Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era - Santa Fe

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Stock Number 106-0011
Original Retail Price $149.98
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Boxed Train Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Freight Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Road or Reporting Number multi
Paint Color(s) multi
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Freight Train
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Freight
Model Variety EMD F3 5-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 5
Multipack ID Number 106-0011
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1995-01-01



Specific Item Information: The F3A ph2 and Mixed Freight starter set includes Kato USA's powerful four-axle freight locomotive and an assortment of four specially decorated mixed freight cars (two tanks cars, one hopper, and one transfer caboose), along with a complete 2'x4' Oval of Kato UNITRACK with re-railing track, and a starter guide. Everything you need to begin building an N gauge train layout at home!

Set is powered by a F3A ph2 Locomotive in Santa Fe Livery. It comes with a complete 4 ft x 2 ft of track (11" radius), but no power pack.
  • 4 K20-000 (248mm Straight Track)
  • 1 K20-020 (124mm Straight Track)
  • 1 K20-021 (124mm Road Crossing Track)
  • 1 K20-040 ( 62mm Straight Track)
  • 1 K20-041 ( 62mm Single Feeder Track)
  • 8 K20-120 (Radius 315mm Curved Track 45 Deg.)
  • 1 K24-000 (Rerailer)

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.

Prototype History:
A freight train or goods train is a group of freight cars (US) or goods wagons (International Union of Railways) hauled by one or more locomotives on a railway, transporting cargo all or some of the way between the shipper and the intended destination as part of the logistics chain. Trains may haul bulk material, intermodal containers, general freight or specialized freight in purpose-designed cars. Rail freight practices and economics vary by country and region.

Diesel engines during the transition era were relatively primitive compared to their modern equivalents. Canada, Mexico and the United States are connected by an extensive, unified standard gauge rail network. Partially from Wikipedia

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.

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 2018-01-07 08:01:28. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-05-19 12:16:38

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