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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-096-PART - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Pullman, Coach, 44-Seat - Illinois Central

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N Scale - Kato USA - 106-096-PART - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Pullman, Coach, 44-Seat - Illinois Central

Brand Kato USA
Stock Number 106-096-PART
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Passenger Car Pullman Coach
Prototype Passenger Car, Lightweight, Pullman, Coach, 44-Seat (Details)
Road or Company Name Illinois Central (Details)
Reporting Marks IC
Paint Color(s) Brown and Orange with Yellow Lettering
Multipack ID Number 106-096
Release Date 2014-07-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Pullman Smoothside
Model Variety Coach, 44 Seat
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160

Prototype History:
Coach, 85’. Pullman Standard 44-seat coach.
Built for the Union Pacific and C&NW in 1950 as series 5400-5449 for use on the “City” trains, and again by ACF as series 5450-5487 in 1953. The ACF cars were almost the same as the PS cars, except the small window on one side at the door end (fourth window from the left in first model photo below) was a little smaller in the ACF car than the PS car.
The car is similar to the Pullman 48-seat coaches built for the Great Northern for the 1947 Empire Builder. The car is not identical because the GN car has 1 extra window on each side for the 4 extra seats. The car bears some resemblance to the 22-roomette sleeping cars built by PS for Southern Pacific’s Lark in 1949 and Cascade in 1950. This is a long-haul coach with long leg rests and rows spaced farther apart than the 60-seat short-haul coaches. Each pair of seats has its own window.

Road Name History:
The Illinois Central Railroad (reporting mark IC), sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was a railroad in the central United States, with its primary routes connecting Chicago, Illinois, with New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. A line also connected Chicago with Sioux City, Iowa (1870). There was a significant branch to Omaha, Nebraska (1899), west of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and another branch reaching Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1877), starting from Cherokee, Iowa. The Sioux Falls branch has been abandoned in its entirety.

The IC is one of the early Class I railroads in the US. Its roots go back to abortive attempts by the Illinois General Assembly to charter a railroad linking the northern and southern parts of the state of Illinois. In 1850 U.S. President Millard Fillmore signed a land grant for the construction of the railroad, making the Illinois Central the first land-grant railroad in the United States.

The Illinois Central was chartered by the Illinois General Assembly on February 10, 1851. Senator Stephen Douglas and later President Abraham Lincoln were both Illinois Central men who lobbied for it. Douglas owned land near the terminal in Chicago. Lincoln was a lawyer for the railroad. Upon its completion in 1856 the IC was the longest railroad in the world. Its main line went from Cairo, Illinois, at the southern tip of the state, to Galena, in the northwest corner. A branch line went from Centralia, (named for the railroad) to the rapidly growing city of Chicago. In Chicago its tracks were laid along the shore of Lake Michigan and on an offshore causeway downtown, but land-filling and natural deposition have moved the present-day shore to the east.

In 1867 the Illinois Central extended its track into Iowa, and during the 1870s and 1880s the IC acquired and expanded railroads in the southern United States. IC lines crisscrossed the state of Mississippi and went as far as New Orleans, Louisiana, to the south and Louisville, Kentucky, in the east. In the 1880s, northern lines were built to Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Omaha, Nebraska. Further expansion continued into the early twentieth century.

The Illinois Central, and the other "Harriman lines" owned by E.H. Harriman, was the target of the Illinois Central shopmen's strike of 1911. Although marked by violence and sabotage in the south, midwest, and western states, the strike was effectively over in a few months. The railroads simply hired replacements and withstood diminishing union pressure. The strike was eventually called off in 1915.

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 2016-03-06 07:14:16. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-01-26 07:51:10

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