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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-0801 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco PA/PB - Southern Pacific - 6006, 5911

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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-0801 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco PA/PB - Southern Pacific - 6006, 5911


N Scale - Kato USA - 106-0801 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco PA/PB - Southern Pacific - 6006, 5911


Brand Kato USA
Stock Number 106-0801
Original Retail Price $183.96
Manufacturer Kato
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine PA-1 (A+B)
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, Alco PA/PB (Details)
Road or Company Name Southern Pacific (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 6006, 5911
Paint Color(s) Red and Orange
Print Color(s) Light Gray
Paint Scheme Daylight
Coupler Type Generic Dummy Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Multipack ID Number 106-0801
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 1998-05-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Alco
Model Variety PA-1/PB-1
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1946-1953
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Model introduced in 1998 and re-run in 2004, 2008, 2018 and 2019.
The 1998 model was fitted with dummy knuckle couplers that were replaced from the 2004's run by Kato automatic knuckle couplers. Printed and lighted number boards appeared as of model year 2008. Since 2018, the model is offered in factory DCC-equipped versions in addition to the usual DC version.

The model sports everything that you can expect from a modern model engine: hefty metal chassis, 5-pole motor, dual flywheels, all-wheel drive and pickup, low-friction current collection, directional LED lighting, low-profile / blackened wheels. A and B model share the same chassis, the only difference being the lack of LED on the circuit board of the B units.
The couplers are truck-mounted, except for the front coupler of the A units that is body-mounted.
The model comes in different variations depending on the roadname:
- large or small light boards.
- single or dual headlights.

DCC Information: Since 2018, the models are offered factory-equipped with a TCS DCC decoder (model suffixed -DCC) in addition to the DC version.
Models accept the following plug-in decoders:
- Digitrax DN163K0a : 1 Amp N Scale Mobile Decoder for Kato N scale P-42, PA-1 & E-8. Note: This decoder has a front and a rear LED that need to be turned off as appropriate for the PA or PB unit; no need to remove the unnecessary LEDs, as they fit under the shell.
- TCS K0D8-A: 8 Function Drop-In for Kato PA1, E8A/E9A and P42 Genesis. Note: Front and rear LEDs.
- TCS K0D8-E: 8 Function Drop-In for Kato PA-1, E5A, E6A, E8A and E9A. Note: One front LED only.
- TCS K0D8-D: 8 Function Drop-In for Kato PB-1, F3B, F7B and E9B. Note: No LED.
- NCE N12K0A: Plug and play decoder for Kato N-Scale E8, PA1, etc. Note: One front LED only.

Prototype History:
ALCO PA (DL-304/DL-305) refers to a family of A1A-A1A diesel locomotives built to haul passenger trains that were built in Schenectady, New York, in the United States by a partnership of the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) and General Electric (GE) between June, 1946 and December, 1953. They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead A unit PA and cabless booster B unit PB models were built. ALCO's beautiful PA-1 is one of America's most famous locomotives. It was ALCO's entry into the passenger train diesel craze, competing directly with the E-Units from EMD.

The PAs, as well as their cousins, the ALCO FAs, were born as a result of Alco's development of a new diesel engine design, the Model 244. In early 1944, development started on the new design. In 1946, this new locomotive made its debut on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. Southern Pacific PA's #6055 and 6056 were later put into service on the SP's coastal division, pulling trains such as the Morning Daylight.
The PA-1/PB-1 were rated 2,000 hp (1,490 kW) and the PA-2/PB-2 2,250 hp (1,680 kW). A total of 297 PA/PB have been built between 1946 and 1953.

ALCO locomotives were also used in service with the famous "California Zephyr" passenger train, adopting a number of paint schemes, the most famous of which was perhaps the "Prospector" paint scheme. This paint scheme was a striking two-tone silver and gold arrangement, highlited by a series of four black stripes going down the side of the body.

Read more on Wikipedia
and on American-Rails.com

Road Name History:
The Southern Pacific Transportation Company (reporting mark SP), earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually called the Southern Pacific or (from the railroad's initials) Espee, was an American Class I railroad. It was absorbed in 1988 by the company that controlled the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and eight years later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The railroad was founded as a land holding company in 1865, later acquiring the Central Pacific Railroad by lease. By 1900 the Southern Pacific Company was a major railroad system incorporating many smaller companies, such as the Texas and New Orleans Railroad and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad. It extended from New Orleans through Texas to El Paso, across New Mexico and through Tucson, to Los Angeles, through most of California, including San Francisco and Sacramento. Central Pacific lines extended east across Nevada to Ogden, Utah, and reached north through Oregon to Portland. Other subsidiaries eventually included the St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt), the Northwestern Pacific Railroad at 328 miles (528 km), the 1,331 miles (2,142 km) Southern Pacific Railroad of Mexico, and a variety of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge routes.

In 1929 SP/T&NO operated 13848 route-miles not including Cotton Belt, whose purchase of the Golden State Route circa 1980 nearly doubled its size to 3,085 miles (4,965 km), bringing total SP/SSW mileage to around 13,508 miles (21,739 km).

By the 1980s route mileage had dropped to 10,423 miles (16,774 km), mainly due to the pruning of branch lines. In 1988 the Southern Pacific was taken over by D&RGW parent Rio Grande Industries. The combined railroad kept the Southern Pacific name due to its brand recognition in the railroad industry and with customers of both constituent railroads. Along with the addition of the SPCSL Corporation route from Chicago to St. Louis, the total length of the D&RGW/SP/SSW system was 15,959 miles (25,684 km).

By 1996 years of financial problems had dropped SP's mileage to 13,715 miles (22,072 km), and it was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Paint Scheme:
In 1937 the lightweight, streamlined Daylight went into service between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The cars were red and orange with a black roof. This became known as the Daylight color scheme and lasted officially until 1958 but in fact until about 1965-66. In the same time frame the joint SP-UP-C&NW streamliner City of San Francisco began running on the SP Overland Route painted in the UP yellow and leaf brown. A few Daylight-style chair cars painted dark green also went into service on the Overland and Golden State Routes.

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 2019-06-14 07:49:33

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