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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-102 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside - Canadian National - 7-unit

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Stock Number 106-102
Original Retail Price $250.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Boxed Train Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside (Details)
Road or Company Name Canadian National (Details)
Reporting Marks Transcontinental
Road or Reporting Number 7-unit
Paint Color(s) Black & White
Print Color(s) Black and Red
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 7
Multipack ID Number 106-102
DCC Readiness No
Announcement Date 2019-12-13
Release Date 2020-07-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F7A&B 7-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: Kato is proud to announce a brand new Passenger car set – designed to replicate the continent-spanning trains of the Canadian National during the late 60’s and 70’s, this “Transcontinental” CN 7-Car Train will come packaged in Kato’s bookcase style packaging and will be released alongside a new release of F7A & F7B locomotives in CN’s signature black and white striped paint from the era!
This set uses a variety of ex-Union Pacific, Milwaukee, and Pennsylvania cars which the CN acquired over the years as they built up their passenger service in the pre-VIA Rail day!

Includes:
  • Ex-Union Pacific Baggage Car #9160
  • Ex-Union Pacific Coach #5712
  • Ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Pullman 10-6 Sleeper #2130 "Terra Nova River"
  • Ex-Milwaukee Road Super Dome #2403 "Fraser"
  • Ex-Union Pacific ACF Diner #1350
  • Ex-Milwaukee Road Pullman 10-6 Sleeper #2144 "Vermillion River"
  • Ex-Milwaukee Road Lounge Observation #1903 "Trinity"

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:
In the post-war period, passenger rail service boomed. In order to increase efficiency, the railroads set to replacing their old wood, steel and concrete heavyweight passenger cars with newer lightweight, streamlined cars. The new cars were made from stainless steel, aluminum and Cor-Ten steel. These cars required less motive power to pull and were cheaper to manufacture. Production was also concentrated in a few manufacturers rather than each railroad making its own. This led to standardization which further reduced costs. The new "lightweight" cars were also given "streamlined" designs to make them more visually appealing. Budd, Pullman Standard and ACF were all well known manufacturers of these cars.

Smoothside cars are typically painted, unlike their corrugated brethren. This meant that they typically required more maintenance, but this also allowed the railroads to apply distinctive paint schemes to their fleets, typically matching the paintwork on their locomotives.

Road Name History:
The Canadian National Railway Company (reporting mark CN) is a Canadian Class I railway headquartered in Montreal, Quebec that serves Canada and the Midwestern and Southern United States. CN's slogan is "North America's Railroad". CN is a public company with 24,000 employees. It had a market capitalization of 32 billion CAD in 2011. CN was government-owned, having been a Canadian Crown corporation from its founding to its privatization in 1995. Bill Gates was, in 2011, the largest single shareholder of CN stock.

CN is the largest railway in Canada, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is currently Canada's only transcontinental railway company, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia. Its range once reached across the island of Newfoundland until 1988, when the Newfoundland Railway was abandoned.

Following CN's purchase of Illinois Central (IC) and a number of smaller US railways, it also has extensive trackage in the central United States along the Mississippi River valley from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, CN owns about 20,400 route miles (32,831 km) of track in 8 provinces (the only two not served by CN are Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island), as well as a 70-mile (113 km) stretch of track (see Mackenzie Northern Railway) into the Northwest Territories to Hay River on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake; it is the northernmost rail line anywhere within the North American Rail Network, as far north as Anchorage, Alaska (although the Alaska Railroad goes further north than this, it is isolated from the rest of the rail network).

The railway was referred to as the Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960, and as Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to the present.

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: CNW400 on 2019-12-13 13:53:23. Last edited by gdm on 2021-02-10 16:25:33

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