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California Zephyr


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  • CB&Q EMD F-3's
    Wearing the Chicago Burlington & Quincy passenger service paint scheme of silver with black nose stripes, these F3 units were on the point when the very first run of the California Zephyr pulled out of Chicago on its inaugural westbound run, March 21, 1949.
  • California Zephyr Train Set
    The California Zephyr is one of the most famous and widely recognized transcontinental trains in the history of North American railroading. Kato will recreate and offer the complete original consist of eleven cars that initiated the service on March 20th, 1949. Said to be "a pretty train from any angle" the CZ was jointly operated by three railroads. The Chicago Burlington & Quincy handled the train between Chicago and Denver. The Denver & Rio Grande Western operated the middle portion of the route, between Denver and Salt Lake City, and the Western Pacific carried the train between Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Each of these railroads contributed specifically lettered cars for the make-up of the train. Because of its silver stainless-steel body, all of the cars of the CZ were given a name characteristic to the western territory it traversed with a "silver" preface. EMD F3 locomotives from all three railroads, as well as by AlCo PA and PB locomotives on the D&RGW, supplied the power for the CZ. The CB&Q operated their F3’s in an A-B-A lash-up. Kato will offer this as a complete 11 car train which will feature extensive new tooling to better match CZ prototype on Kato's well received passenger cars.
    With newly tooled cars, this set recreates the first-year consist of the CZ with eight different car types. The exact specification of car type and car name for each of the cars in the set is below. Each car will feature a silver corrugated-side body, accurate CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR lettering, blackened metal wheels and Kato semi-automatic knuckle couplers. The Observation car will feature lighted tail lights, marker lights, tail sign. The interior of each of the cars can be dramatically lighted with the optional installation of our #11-204 1-car/11-206 6-car Light Kit or LED lights 11-209 single / 11-210 6-car LED Light set (sold separately).
    Because of the recognition and history of the California Zephyr, this unprecedented set is sure to be coveted by railfans, rail enthusiasts and railroad historians around the world, not to mention the hobbyists modeling the CB&Q, D&RGW and WP.

    This 11-car set will include enough N scale Unitrack for a first-class presentation of the set on a desk or shelf when not in operation on a layout.

    Kato # 106-056 Eleven Car California Zephyr is being RE-RELEASED. Information shown below are the road names/road #'s of the cars to be available in August, 2017. There have been previous releases of this set -- PLEASE CHECK NAMES/NUMBERS carefully as you may not have these. This will be a limited run re-release. Your shopping cart will show a "free" zero deposit reservation. Your card will not be charged until the time of actual shipment when standard shipping / handling charges will apply.

 
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California Zephyr 11 Car Passenger Set - 2017 Re-Release

California Zephyr 11 Car Train Set
ITEM # KA-106056 -


List: $280

CB&Q EMD E5A Locos
Silver Speed CB&Q E5A 9910A
ITEM # KA-1765401 - / Limited to stock on hand


List: $110

Silver Speed Black Band #9910A - w/DCC Installed
ITEM # KA-1765401DCC -


List: $150

CB&Q Silver Pilot Red Band #9911A - (Illinois Railway Museum)
ITEM # KA-1765403 -


List: $110.00

CB&Q Silver Pilot Red Band #9911A - (Illinois Railway Museum) w/DCC Installed
ITEM # KA-1765403DCC - Due late Sept '17


List: $150

CB&Q Red Band #9912A - 1960's Version
ITEM # KA-1765404 -


List: $110.00

CB&Q Red Band #9912A - 1960's Version w/DCC Installed
ITEM # KA-1765404DCC - Due late Sept '17


List: $150

D&RGW PA/PB -- Motive Power for California Zephyr
Kato's Alco PA-1 & PB-1's are being re-run in the attractive Aspen Four Stripe scheme for December '17 delivery. Please reserve now.
Shopping cart will show a free zero deposit reservation. Your card is not charged until time of actual shipment.


Kato has adopted a MAP pricing policy so that prices of new releases may not be advertised. You can click on the "Map Pricing" logo above for an explanaton of what this means. To find BLW's price on these items, please click on the "Add" or "Reserv" button below right. It will disply the BLW sale price.
SPECIAL SHIPPING RATE ON KATO PA/PB RESERVATIONS: Your shopping cart for reservations will show a "free" zero deposit reservation. Your card is not charged until time of actual shipment. Only $7 shipping will be charged for Kato PA/PB Advance reservations. Reserved PA/PB's due in December... will ship upon arrival. Locos cannot be held pending arrival of sets. Thank you for your understanding.


D&RGW frequently emplyed their railfan-favorite and very attractive Alco PA/PB's in the Aspen Four Stripe scheme to power the California Zephyr over their part of the journey.. Restock of both A/B due in December '17

D&RGW Alco PA-1 #6011
ITEM # KA-1764107 - ASPEN FOUR STRIPE - Due December '17


List: $110

D&RGW DCC Alco PA-1 #6011
ITEM # KA-1764107-1 - ASPEN FOUR STRIPE - Due December '17


List: $150

D&RGW Alco PA-1 #6013
ITEM # KA-1764108 - ASPEN FOUR STRIPE - Due December '17


List: $110

D&RGW DCC Alco PA-1 #6013
ITEM # KA-1764108-1 - ASPEN FOUR STRIPE - Due December '17


List: $150

D&RGW Alco PB-1
ITEM # KA-1764113 - ASPEN FOUR STRIPE - Due December '17


List: $100

D&RGW Alco PB-1
ITEM # KA-1764113 - ASPEN FOUR STRIPE - Due December '17


List: $140

Western Pacific F3's -- Motive Power for California Zephyr
Kato's CB&Q F3's being re-run for December '17 delivery. Please reserve now.
Shopping cart will show a free zero deposit reservation. Your card is not charged until time of actual shipment.


Kato has adopted a MAP pricing policy so that prices of new releases may not be advertised. You can click on the "Map Pricing" logo above for an explanaton of what this means. To find BLW's price on these items, please click on the "Add" or "Reserv" button below right. It will disply the BLW sale price.
SPECIAL SHIPPING RATE ON KATO F3 RESERVATIONS: Your shopping cart for reservations will show a "free" zero deposit reservation. Your card is not charged until time of actual shipment. Only $7 shipping will be charged for Kato F3 Advance reservations. In-Stock F3's ship NOW. Reserved F3's due in December... will ship upon arrival. Locos cannot be held pending arrival of sets. Thank you for your understanding.


The Western Pacific Railroad operated the westernmost leg of the California Zephyr's route. At the head-end of the CZ for the WP typically found was an EMD F3 diesel lashup. Restock of both A/B due in December '17

Western Pacific EMD F-3A, Rd #802A
ITEM # KA-1761202 - Due December '17


List: $90.00

Western Pacific DCC EMD F-3A, Rd #802A
ITEM # KA-1761202-1 - Due December '17


List: $130

Western Pacific EMD F-3A, Rd #803
ITEM # KA-1761203 - Due December '17


List: $90.00

Western Pacific DCC EMD F-3A, Rd #803
ITEM # KA-1761203-1 - Due December '17


List: $130

Western Pacific EMD F-3B, No Rd #
ITEM # KA-1761208 - Due December '17


List: $85.00

Western Pacific DCC EMD F-3B, No Rd #
ITEM # KA-1761208-1 - Due December '17


List: $125

DCC Conversions for Kato EMD F-Units
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DCC Conversion for Kato N Scale Locos

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