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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-8701-KB1 - Locomotive, Diesel, MPI MP36 - Chicago Metra - 4-Pack

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Production Type Special Run
Stock Number 106-8701-KB1
Original Retail Price $380.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine MP-36PH
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, MPI MP36 (Details)
Road or Company Name Chicago Metra (Details)
Reporting Marks Milwaukee Road Heritage
Road or Reporting Number 4-Pack
Paint Color(s) Orange and Black
Print Color(s) White with Maroon Stripe
Paint Scheme MILW Heritage
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 4
Multipack ID Number 106-8701-KB1
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2020-03-23
Release Date 2020-07-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype MPI
Model Variety MP36PH
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Years Produced 2003 - Present
Scale 1/160

Model Information: Kato introduced the MP36PH in 2011. They followed up with the MP40PH-3C in 2014. The Kato N Scale models for the MP36PH and MP40PH-3C share the same internal mechanism. They differ only in the shell details.

This is a standard high-end modern Kato model. The model features a split-frame mechanism with blackened metal low-profile wheels and operating knuckle couplers. It runs smoothly and quietly and looks great.

DCC Information: It accepts a drop-in decoder that installs under a weird-looking gray doodad on the chassis. This model accepts the Digitrax DN163K4B decoder.

Prototype History:
MPXpress is a series of diesel-electric passenger train locomotives designed for commuter rail service.

The MP36PH-3S uses a 16-cylinder EMD 645F3B diesel engine as its prime mover, capable of generating 3,600 hp. Head-end power (HEP) is generated by a static inverter that receives its power through connections to the prime mover (hence the "S" (static) designation). Compared to a locomotive with a separate HEP generator, the prime mover must constantly maintain a higher RPM in order to supply power to the passenger cars. The setup is simpler but leads to higher noise levels and higher fuel consumption.

When providing the maximum 500 kW HEP load, maximum traction power is reduced to 2,930 hp since HEP generation diverts some power from the prime mover. The MP36PH-3S was the first variety of MPXpress locomotive to be built and the launch customer was Metra, a commuter railroad in the Chicago area. Metra ordered 27 of these locomotives in 2001, which were built and delivered between 2003 and 2004. Fourteen were to replace the railroad's aged F40C fleet, while the rest were for fleet expansion. Metra is currently the only operator of the MP36PH-3S variant of the MPXpress.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
Metra (reporting mark METX) is a commuter railroad in the Chicago metropolitan area. The railroad operates 241 stations on 11 different rail lines. It is the fourth busiest commuter rail system in the United States by ridership and the largest and busiest commuter rail system outside the New York City metropolitan area. There were 83.4 million passenger rides in 2014, up 1.3% from the previous year. The busiest day for Metra ridership occurred on June 11, 2010?the day of the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup victory rally?with over 429,000 passengers.

Using Chicago's rail infrastructure, much of which was created in the 19th century, the Illinois General Assembly established the RTA, and later Metra, to serve commuters by rail. Metra's creation was a result of the anticipated failure of commuter service operated and owned by various private railroad companies in the 1970s. Freight rail companies still operate some routes; however, these operations are guided by contracted service agreements. Metra owns all rolling stock and is responsible for all stations along with the respective municipalities. Since its inception, Metra has directed more than $5 billion into the commuter rail system of the Chicago metropolitan area.

From 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 2020-03-30 10:39:45. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-12-04 07:12:53

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