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Kato USA - 106-0034 - F40PH + Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train Starter Set - Metra - Virginia Railway Express

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Stock Number106-0034
Original Retail Price$310.00
BrandKato USA
Body StyleKato Passenger Boxed Set North American Prototype
PrototypeF40PH + Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train Starter Set - Metra
Road or Company NameVirginia Railway Express (Details)
Road or Reporting Numbermulti
Paint Color(s)Blue, White, Orange and Black
Coupler TypeKato Operating Knuckle
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Count4
Multipack ID Number106-0033
Release Date2014-03-01
Item CategoryStarter Sets
Model TypeDiesel

Specific Item Information:
  • N EMD F40PH Virginia Railway Express locomotive
  • N Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V807
  • N Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V800
  • N Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Virginia Railway Express #V710
  • Bookcase style packaging for holding the locomotive + cars
  • Complete oval of track (12 3/8" radius)
  • Grade crossing/rerailing track
  • Storage Drawer for locomotives/accessories
  • Kato Power Pack SX
Model Information: Kato boxed sets for North American Prototypes come in various shapes and sizes. These may contain complete train sets with locomotive, 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.
Road Name History:
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) (reporting mark VREX) is a regional/commuter rail service that connects the Northern Virginia suburbs to Union Station in Washington, D.C., via two lines: the Fredericksburg Line from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the Manassas Line from Broad Run/Airport station in Bristow, Virginia.
Service to Manassas began on June 22, 1992; the Fredericksburg service started on July 20, 1992.
VRE is owned by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. The NVTC and PRTC are governmental entities that were created by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Local governments (such as counties and cities) within each commission's geographic area are members of each commission.

VRE opened in 1992 as a commuter rail service to connect Washington D.C. to suburbs in northern Virginia. Two lines are served, one to Fredericksburg and the Manassas Line to Bristow. There are a total of 18 stations over 90 miles of line. Today, trains are powered with a fleet of twenty MP36PH-3C’s. There are 100 coaches, 20 of which have cabs for push-pull service.
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: Powderman on 2021-03-16 11:18:58. Last edited by Alain LM on 2023-03-15 10:39:43

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