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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-0046 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD E8 - Chicago & North Western - 6-Pack

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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-0046 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD E8 - Chicago & North Western - 6-Pack Image Courtesy of Kato USA


Stock Number 106-0046
Secondary Stock Number 1060046
Original Retail Price $400.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kato Boxed Train Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD E8 (Details)
Road or Company Name Chicago & North Western (Details)
Reporting Marks Chicago & North Western "400" Starter Set
Road or Reporting Number 6-Pack
Paint Color(s) Yellow & Green
Print Color(s) Yellow & Green
Paint Scheme C&NW 400
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 6
Multipack ID Number 106-0046
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2022-07-01
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD E8A
Model Variety Passenger
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: Kato USA will be releasing the popular N Scale C&NW "400" train set as part of their Starter Set Series! This starter set will include the EMD E8A Chicago & North Western #5022-A car bundle in an elegant bookcase style package along with our basic oval track set and power pack!

This set can be easily expanded with additional Kato UNITRACK Variation sets or individually packaged track parts! The locomotive and cars are ready to run and can be easily upgraded with DCC thanks to their DCC and lighting friendly design.

Includes: EMD E8A Chicago & North Western #5022-A Pullman Bi-Level Coach-Buffet C&NW #903 Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach C&NW #700 Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach C&NW #705 Pullman Bi-Level Coach-Parlor Car C&NW #6400 Pullman Bi-Level Cab-Coach C&NW #154 Specially designed bookcase packaging that holds all 6 cars and 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 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:
The E8 was a 2,250-horsepower (1,678 kW), A1A-A1A passenger-train locomotive built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of La Grange, Illinois. 450 cab versions, or E8As, were built from August 1949 to January 1954, 447 for the U.S. and 3 for Canada. 46 E8Bs were built from December 1949 to January 1954, all for the U.S. The 2,250 hp came from two 12 cylinder model 567B engines, each driving a generator to power the two traction motors on one truck. The E8 was the ninth model in the line of passenger diesels of similar design known as EMD E-units. Starting in September 1953 at total of 21 E8As were built which used either the 567BC or 567C engines.

Most of the premier passenger trains including the AT&SF "Super Chief," various CB&Q "Zephyrs," Great Northern's "Empire Builder," New York Central's "Twentieth Century" and Pennsylvania Railroad's "Broadway Limited" were pulled by EMD "E" unit diesel locomotives from the 1940's to the 1970's.

In profile the front of the nose of E7, E8, and E9 units is less slanted than earlier EMD units, and E7/8/9s (and their four axle cousins, the F-unit series) have been nicknamed bulldog nose units. Earlier E-unit locomotives were nicknamed slant nose units. After passenger trains were canceled on the Erie Lackawanna in 1970, the E8s were re-geared for freight and were very reliable for the EL. These units were on freight trains until the early years of Consolidated Railroad Corporation ("Conrail").

Units noted with the designation E8m were rebuilt using components from earlier EMC/EMD locomotives. Externally the units look just like E8s. The difference in horsepower produced in these E8m units is because the older generators are reused.

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Road Name History:
The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (reporting mark CNW) was a Class I railroad in the Midwestern United States. It was also known as the North Western. The railroad operated more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of track as of the turn of the 20th century, and over 12,000 miles (19,000 km) of track in seven states before retrenchment in the late 1970s.

Until 1972, when the company was sold to its employees, it was named the Chicago and North Western Railway. The C&NW became one of the longest railroads in the United States as a result of mergers with other railroads, such as the Chicago Great Western Railway, Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and others.

By 1995, track sales and abandonment had reduced the total mileage back to about 5,000. The majority of the abandoned and sold lines were lightly trafficked branches in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Large line sales, such as those that resulted in the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad further helped reduce the railroad to a mainline core with several regional feeders and branches.

The company was purchased by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in April 1995 and ceased to exist.

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 2022-07-12 16:06:40. Last edited by CNW400 on 2022-07-12 16:19:09

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