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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-2017-F - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Modern - Operation North Pole - 8436

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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-2017-F - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Modern - Operation North Pole - 8436 Image Courtesy of Kato USA


Brand Kato USA
Stock Number 106-2017-F
Manufacturer Kato
Production Type Regular Production
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kato Passenger Car Bi-Level Cab Coach
Prototype Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Modern (Details)
Road or Company Name Operation North Pole (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 8436
Additional Markings/Slogan Chicago Dogs
Paint Color(s) Blue and Orange
Paint Scheme Operation North Pole
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack ID Number 106-2017
Multipack Element 6
Release Date 2018-10-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Commuter
Model Subtype Bi-Level
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Includes: 1 x EMD F40PH Chicago Metra Locomotive "Operation North Pole" #166 1 x Nippon-Sharyo Bi-Level Metra Coach "Rosemont" #6019 1 x Nippon-Sharyo Bi-Level Metra Coach "Allstate Arena" #6181 1 x Nippon-Sharyo Bi-Level Metra Coach "Donald E. Stephens Convention Center" #6017 1 x Nippon-Sharyo Bi-Level Metra Coach "Lifesource" #6018 1 x Nippon-Sharyo Bi-Level Metra Cab-Coach "Chicago Dogs" #8436

Prototype History:
The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) was formed in 1967 to lobby for the continuation of passenger trains. Its lobbying efforts were hampered somewhat by Democratic opposition to any sort of rail subsidies to the privately owned railroads, and Republican opposition to nationalization of the railroad industry. The proponents were aided by the fact that few in the federal government wanted to be held responsible for the seemingly inevitable extinction of the passenger train, which most regarded as tantamount to political suicide. The urgent need to solve the passenger train disaster was heightened by the bankruptcy filing of the Penn Central, the dominant railroad in the Northeast U.S., on June 21, 1970.

The original working brand name for NRPC was Railpax, which eventually became Amtrak. At the time, many Washington insiders viewed the corporation as a face-saving way to give passenger trains the one "last hurrah" demanded by the public, but expected that the NRPC would quietly disappear in a few years as public interest waned. However, while Amtrak's political and financial support have often been shaky, popular and political support for Amtrak has allowed it to survive into the 21st century.

Road Name History:
Operation North Pole (ONP) is a volunteer-based public charity. ONP works with Chicago's major children's hospitals, providing a day of fun and fantasy for families who have a child battling a life threatening illness by hosting a fantasy trip to the North Pole. With the emotional and financial stresses a family with a child battling a life-threatening or a terminal illness may face, ONP makes every effort to ensure that the entire family participates and shares in the day's festivities. The magical experience includes breakfast, a festive train ride to the North Pole, a visit with Santa, winter wonderland fun, entertainment, treats, personal wish list gifts, and much more! It's ONP's goal to provide these families an unforgettable experience amidst very challenging times.

While Operation North Pole will continue to host this cornerstone holiday event, we are expanding to a 'Twelve Months of Christmas' schedule. The plan is to provide events and service opportunities all year round. ONP has already distributed 1,500 winter coats in the 2014- 2015 winter season, hosted emergency blood drives, performed service opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House, and hosted numerous charitable events.

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: mbierbauer on 2020-02-14 11:22:54

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