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N Scale - Kato - 7008-F - Locomotive, Diesel, JNR, DD51 - Japanese National Railways - DD51 11137

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Stock Number 7008-F
Original Retail Price 8,030.00¥
Brand Kato
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine DD-Series Switcher
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, JNR, DD51 (Details)
Road or Company Name Japanese National Railways (Details)
Reporting Marks Hokutosei
Road or Reporting Number DD51 11137
Paint Color(s) Blue with Yellow Stripe
Print Color(s) White & Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 2020-12-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype JNR
Model Variety DD51-Late
Prototype Region Japan
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1962 - 1978
Scale 1/160



Prototype History:
The Class DD51 (DD51形) is a B-2-B wheel arrangement diesel-hydraulic locomotive type operated in Japan since 1962. 649 locomotives were built between 1962 and 1978 by Kawasaki Sharyo, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi. The class was designed for mainline passenger and freight use with more power than the D51 and a higher maximum speed than the C62 steam locomotive classes. This was achieved by installing two 1,100 hp engines in an 18 metre long centre-cab design, unusual for mainline operation. The V12 DML61 engines were developed from the 6-cylinder inline DMF31 engines used in the Class DD13 locomotives.[3] As of 1 April 2016, 29 locomotives remained in operation.

Road Name History:
Japanese National Railways (日本国有鉄道 Nihon Kokuyū Tetsudō), abbreviated Kokutetsu (国鉄) or "JNR", was the business entity that operated Japan's national railway network from 1949 to 1987.
By 1987, JNR's debt was over ¥27 trillion ($280 billion at 2009 exchange rates) and the company was spending ¥147 for every ¥100 earned. By an act of the Diet of Japan, on April 1, 1987 JNR was privatized and divided into seven railway companies, six passenger and one freight, collectively called the Japan Railways Group or JR Group.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Kato Precision Railroad Models (関水金属株式会社 Sekisui Kinzoku Kabushikigaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of model railroad equipment in N and HO scales. The Tokyo-based company manufactures models based on Japanese prototypes (such as the Shinkansen bullet train) for the Japanese market, North American prototypes for the North American market and European high-speed trains for European market.
The Kato (pronounced kah-toe) model railroad companies were founded by Yuji Kato, father of current president Hiroshi Kato, of the parent company Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd.

The design and distribution of models for the North American market are handled by their U.S. subsidiary, Kato USA, located in Schaumburg, Illinois.
The design of special models for the European market is handled for some of them by their partner, Lemke, whereas the general distribution of Kato products in Europe is handled by NOCH; both companies are located in Germany.
As a result, some Kato European models are sold as Kato Lemke and others as Kato (alone).

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2021-04-16 15:44:27

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