Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

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

Join the discussion

Read and share your comments on this article
Comment on this article
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of are allowed to comment on this article. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.


Five compact track plans.

Model Railroader Newsletter See all
Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter and get model railroad news in your inbox!
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Model Railroader magazine. Please view our privacy policy