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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-3502 - Engine, Diesel, C44-9W - Santa Fe - 650

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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-3502 - Engine, Diesel, C44-9W - Santa Fe - 650


Stock Number 176-3502
Original Retail Price $98.00
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine C44-9W
Prototype Description Engine, Diesel, C44-9W
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks ATSF
Road or Reporting Number 650
Paint Color(s) Red & Silver
Release Date 1997-05-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety C44-9W


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Model Information: The C44-9W model was introduced by Kato in 1997. Later, in 2005, Kato introduced the AC4400CW, which shares the same mechanism. Further revisions occurred in 2007 and 2009. Both models differ only in minor shell details. Some versions of these models feature operating ditch lights which work by means of using fiber-optic style total internal refraction to channel light from the lightboard LED's to various points on the shell.

These are modern, split-frame, dual-flywheel mechanisms with shells that sport operating knuckle couplers and trucks that sport low-profile blackened wheels. They run smooth and quiet and can pull 30+ cars each.

DCC Information: They are DCC-Ready and accept the Digitrax DN163K1C decoder

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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.)


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