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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-1051 - Great Northern Smoothside Passenger 4-Car Set A - Great Northern - Hart Pass, 1321, 1251, Grand Coulee

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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-1051 - Great Northern Smoothside Passenger 4-Car Set A - Great Northern - Hart Pass, 1321, 1251, Grand Coulee Sleeper, Dome, Diner, Observation (Courtesy of Kato USA)

Stock Number 106-1051
Original Retail Price $100.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kato Passenger Cars North American Prototype
Prototype Description Great Northern Smoothside Passenger 4-Car Set A
Road or Company Name Great Northern (Details)
Reporting Marks GN
Road or Reporting Number Hart Pass, 1321, 1251, Grand Coulee
Paint Color(s) Omaha Orange and Pullman Green
Paint Scheme Empire Builder
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Ready-to-Run No
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 4
Multipack ID Number 106-1051
Announcement Date 2006-05-01
Release Date 2006-06-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Passenger Cars
Model Subtype Smoothside Passenger Car

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Specific Item Information: Passenger Car Features:

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.

Road Name History:
The Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN) was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it was the creation of 19th century railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's (GN) route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U.S.

The Great Northern was the only privately funded - and successfully built - transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads.

The Great Northern was built in stages, slowly to create profitable lines, before extending the road further into the undeveloped Western territories. In a series of the earliest public relations campaigns, contests were held to promote interest in the railroad and the ranchlands along its route. Fred J. Adams used promotional incentives such as feed and seed donations to farmers getting started along the line. Contests were all-inclusive, from largest farm animals to largest freight carload capacity and were promoted heavily to immigrants & newcomers from the East.

In 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. The BN operated until 1996, when it merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.

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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: Alain LM on 2016-07-25 07:12:20. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-02-18 03:07:55

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