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N Scale - Kato Lemke - S14704 - TGV - SNCF - Add-on set


Brand Kato Lemke
Stock Number S14704
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Passenger Train TGV
Road or Company Name SNCF (Details)
Reporting Marks 4-Car
Road or Reporting Number Add-on set
Paint Color(s) Orange, Gray and White
Paint Scheme Original Livery
Coupler Type Other
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 4
Multipack ID Number S14704
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Passenger Cars
Model Subtype TGV
Model Variety Original
Prototype TGV
Region Europe
Era/Epoch Era V: 1979 - Present


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Body Style Information: Kato Introduced it first TGV model in 1983, the 10-091 6-Unit set.

The box sets consist of either a push-pull engine pair with transition coaches and standard coaches and the "add-on" sets consist of standard coaches only. With the push-pull sets, typically one engine is powered and one is a dummy. Coupler types vary from set to set and some sets even carry different couplers for different parts of the train. Newer sets have removable noses for prototypically accurate "double" trains. All the sets contain movable pantographs but none are operating in the sense they cannot draw power to the engine from catenary wires.

The Kato model has evolved over the years. The early engines were typical of 90's vintage kato mechanisms and run smoothly and quietly. They can be converted to DCC but only with shell and decoder modifications. The LED's in particular can be a challenge to wire properly. Later engines sport Kato's "shock-absorber" design for even quieter operation and support full DCC readiness through a NEM 651 6-pin decoder socket.

Prototype Information: TGV is an acronym for Train a Grande Vitesse (English: "High Speed Train"). The TGV has been operating in Europe since September of 1981 when it first saw service on the SNCF Sud-Est line between Paris and Lyons, France. A TGV test train set the record for the fastest wheeled train, reaching 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph) on 3 April 2007. Regular service reaches maximum speeds of 320 kph (200 mph). The TGV and its variants operate in many Western European countries including France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Belgium and even the United Kingdom (by means of the Chunnel). in 2010 over 100 million passengers rode the TGV.

Road/Company Information:
SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français; "National society of French railways" or "French National Railway Company") is France's national state-owned railway company and manages the rail traffic in France and the Principality of Monaco. SNCF operates the country's national rail services, including the TGV, France's high-speed rail network. Its functions include operation of railway services for passengers and freight, and maintenance and signalling of rail infrastructure.

SNCF employs more than 180,000 people in 120 countries around the globe. The railway network consists of about 32,000 km (20,000 mi) of route, of which 1,800 km (1,100 mi) are high-speed lines and 14,500 km (9,000 mi) electrified. About 14,000 trains are operated daily. The company has its headquarters in Saint Denis (93200), near Paris, 2 place aux Etoiles.

In 2010 SNCF was ranked 22nd in France and 214th globally on the Fortune Global 500 list.

It is the main business of the SNCF group, which in 2014 employed 245,763 people and had 27.2 billion € of sales in 120 countries. The chairman of the SNCF group is Guillaume Pepy.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Wolfgang Lemke GmbH from Haan, Germany, is an importer and also a manufacturer of model articles, especially for model railways in N and H0 scales.

Since 1990, Lemke has been the general importer for Kato's products in Germany and Europe. Not only American and Japanese models were imported, but also models for the German and European market were produced under the name 'Kato Lemke'.


Item created by: gdm on 2016-06-12 02:44:15. Last edited by gdm on 2017-08-19 17:13:14

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