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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-8001-A - Engine, Electric, ACS-64 - Amtrak - 621

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Stock Number 106-8001-A
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Electric Engine ACS-64
Prototype Description Engine, Electric, ACS-64
Road or Company Name Amtrak (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 621
Paint Color(s) Red, Blue and Silver
Multipack ID Number 106-8001
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2015-12-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype Siemens
Model Variety ACS-64

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Model Information: This engine was introduced in 2015. It is a very attractive modern Kato mechanism which runs smoothly and quietly, has excellent creep and can pull long passenger consists.

The mechanism is very similar to Kato's earlier Glacier Express and demonstrates a split-frame, shock-absorber construction with a very nice system for consistently delivering power from the wheels to the lightboard.

Unlike the Glacier express, this unit is designed for standard Kato operating knuckle couplers.

DCC Information: This engine accepts the same decoders as the Glacier Express model and is fairly easy to upgrade.

Road Name History:
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States. Founded in 1971 through the government-sponsored consolidation of most of the remaining U.S. passenger rail companies, it is partially government-funded yet operated and managed as a for-profit corporation.

Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day on 21,300 miles (34,000 km) of track with select segments having civil operating speeds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states in addition to three Canadian provinces. In fiscal year 2015, Amtrak served 30.8 million passengers and had $2.185 billion in revenue, while employing more than 20,000 people. Nearly two-thirds of passengers come from the 10 largest metropolitan areas; 83% of passengers travel on routes shorter than 400 miles. Its headquarters is at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

The name "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "trak", the latter itself a sensational spelling of "track".

Read more on Wikipedia.

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: gdm on 2015-12-11 11:07:09

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