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New York Central 1948-1954 20th Century Limited passenger train coming from Kato

N scale name model train will arrive in late 2020
Kato N scale New York Central 20th Century Limited locomotive
This pre-production artwork shows the two-tone gray paint scheme that will be applied to Kato’s N scale Electro-Motive Division E7A diesel locomotives. The model will be offered in two road numbers.
Kato N scale New York Central 20th Century Limited observation car
Kato posted this 3-D rendering of 5-bedroom lounge observation car Hickory Creek on its website. The N scale model will have an illuminated tail sign.
New York Central’s 1948-1954 20th Century Limited is the next N scale name train coming from Kato USA Inc. The manufacturer will offer a nine-car set, a four-car add-on set, and Electro-Motive Division E7A diesel locomotives.

The nine-car set will include baggage/Railway Post Office car no. 5017; Pullman 4-bedroom, 4-compartment, 2-drawing room sleepers George Washington Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Queensboro Bridge; club-lounge car Lake Shore; kitchen-dormitory no. 474; dining car no. 401; Pullman 12-bedroom sleeper Port of Buffalo; and 5-bedroom lounge observation Hickory Creek. The set will also include a rerailer with 20th Century Limited graphics similar to those used on the red carpet found on full-size terminal platforms. Standard nine-car sets will sell for $315; versions with pre-installed interior lighting will be priced at $450.

Kato will also offer four-car add-on sets featuring Pullman 10-roomette, 6-double-bedroom sleepers Chicago River and Powder River and 12-bedroom sleepers Port of Boston and Port of Albany. Sets will be priced at $140 (standard) and $200 (pre-installed lighting).

Each car will feature all-new tooling, prototype-specific interior and exterior details, and factory-installed detail parts. The observation car will have an illuminated tail sign. Car interiors can be illuminated with an optional no. 11-211/212 light-emitting diode interior lighting kits.

Electro-Motive Division E7A diesel locomotives nos. 4008 and 4022 will be the power for the train. The newly tooled models, sold in a two-engine set, will be offered in three versions: direct current ($230), with pre-installed Digitrax Digital Command Control ($390), and with pre-installed ESU LokSound sound decoder, $630.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are estimates and subject to change. The models are scheduled for release in October and November. For more information and product updates, visit katousa.com.

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