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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-4006 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco PA/PB - New York Central - 4200

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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-4006 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco PA/PB - New York Central - 4200


Brand Kato USA
Stock Number 176-4006
Original Retail Price $91.98
Manufacturer Kato
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine PA-1 (A+B)
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, Alco PA/PB (Details)
Road or Company Name New York Central (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 4200
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Multipack ID Number 106-0702
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 1998-06-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Alco
Model Variety PA-1
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1946-1953
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Model introduced in 1998 and re-run in 2004, 2008, 2018 and 2019.
The 1998 model was fitted with dummy knuckle couplers that were replaced from the 2004's run by Kato automatic knuckle couplers. Printed and lighted number boards appeared as of model year 2008. Since 2018, the model is offered in factory DCC-equipped versions in addition to the usual DC version.

The model sports everything that you can expect from a modern model engine: hefty metal chassis, 5-pole motor, dual flywheels, all-wheel drive and pickup, low-friction current collection, directional LED lighting, low-profile / blackened wheels. A and B model share the same chassis, the only difference being the lack of LED on the circuit board of the B units.
The couplers are truck-mounted, except for the front coupler of the A units that is body-mounted.
The model comes in different variations depending on the roadname:
- large or small light boards.
- single or dual headlights.

DCC Information: Since 2018, the models are offered factory-equipped with a TCS DCC decoder (model suffixed -DCC) in addition to the DC version.
Models accept the following plug-in decoders:
- Digitrax DN163K0a : 1 Amp N Scale Mobile Decoder for Kato N scale P-42, PA-1 & E-8. Note: This decoder has a front and a rear LED that need to be turned off as appropriate for the PA or PB unit; no need to remove the unnecessary LEDs, as they fit under the shell.
- TCS K0D8-A: 8 Function Drop-In for Kato PA1, E8A/E9A and P42 Genesis. Note: Front and rear LEDs.
- TCS K0D8-E: 8 Function Drop-In for Kato PA-1, E5A, E6A, E8A and E9A. Note: One front LED only.
- TCS K0D8-D: 8 Function Drop-In for Kato PB-1, F3B, F7B and E9B. Note: No LED.
- NCE N12K0A: Plug and play decoder for Kato N-Scale E8, PA1, etc. Note: One front LED only.

Prototype History:
ALCO PA (DL-304/DL-305) refers to a family of A1A-A1A diesel locomotives built to haul passenger trains that were built in Schenectady, New York, in the United States by a partnership of the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) and General Electric (GE) between June, 1946 and December, 1953. They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead A unit PA and cabless booster B unit PB models were built. ALCO's beautiful PA-1 is one of America's most famous locomotives. It was ALCO's entry into the passenger train diesel craze, competing directly with the E-Units from EMD.

The PAs, as well as their cousins, the ALCO FAs, were born as a result of Alco's development of a new diesel engine design, the Model 244. In early 1944, development started on the new design. In 1946, this new locomotive made its debut on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. Southern Pacific PA's #6055 and 6056 were later put into service on the SP's coastal division, pulling trains such as the Morning Daylight.
The PA-1/PB-1 were rated 2,000 hp (1,490 kW) and the PA-2/PB-2 2,250 hp (1,680 kW). A total of 297 PA/PB have been built between 1946 and 1953.

ALCO locomotives were also used in service with the famous "California Zephyr" passenger train, adopting a number of paint schemes, the most famous of which was perhaps the "Prospector" paint scheme. This paint scheme was a striking two-tone silver and gold arrangement, highlited by a series of four black stripes going down the side of the body.

Read more on Wikipedia
and on American-Rails.com

Road Name History:
The New York Central Railroad (reporting mark NYC), known simply as the New York Central in its publicity, was a railroad operating in the Northeastern United States. Headquartered in New York City, the railroad served most of the Northeast, including extensive trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Massachusetts, plus additional trackage in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

The railroad primarily connected greater New York and Boston in the east with Chicago and St.Louis in the midwest along with the intermediate cities of Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Detroit. NYC's Grand Central Terminal in New York City is one of its best known extant landmarks.

In 1968 the NYC merged with its former rival, the Pennsylvania Railroad, to form Penn Central (the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad joined in 1969). That company went bankrupt in 1970 and was taken over by the federal government and merged into Conrail in 1976. Conrail was broken up in 1998, and portions of its system was transferred to the newly formed New York Central Lines LLC, a subsidiary leased to and eventually absorbed by CSX and Norfolk Southern. Those companies' lines included the original New York Central main line, but outside that area it included lines that were never part of the New York Central system. CSX was able to take one of the most important main lines in the nation, which runs from New York City and Boston to Cleveland, Ohio, as part of the Water Level Route, while Norfolk Southern gained the Cleveland, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois portion of the line called the Chicago line.

At the end of 1925, the New York Central System operated 11,584 miles (18,643 km) of road and 26,395 miles (42,479 km) of track; at the end of 1967 the mileages were 9,696 miles (15,604 km) and 18,454 miles (29,699 km).

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 2017-01-14 13:40:16. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-06-10 01:56:53

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