Friday, September 08, 2017 - 03:44 PM UTC
Kato will be releasing in N Scale the classic General Motors EMD F3 in both A and B variants in Western Pacific livery
The F-Unit is probably the most recognized diesel locomotive in North American history. It was found on railroads from East to West and North to South. Eastern railroads favoured a "Single Headlight" version of the F3, while Western railroads favoured a "Dual Headlight" version.
F3 locomotives were used in both freight and passenger service. For passenger service, it was necessary for the locomotives to have a Steam Generator to provide heat and electricity in the passenger cars. In later years, many F3 locomotives originally intended for passenger services were downgraded to freight duty.
The Kato EMD F3 comes in both A and B (cabless) variations. All current variations of the F-unit locomotive chassis are DCC friendly. Passenger units are commonly identified by their Steam Generators vs. freight units which lack this detail. The 2014 run of CB&Q Freight F3's have a number of passenger features, such as the straight pilot, as they began their life as locomotives pulling the California Zephyr before being repainted and repurposed as freight locomotives.
These N scale models feature:
-DCC friendly mechanism
-A-unit LED has directional headlights and illuminated number boards
-Locomotives have a powerful five pole motor with all wheel electrical pickup and blackened wheels
-KATO magnetic knuckle couplers
-Drop in DCC compatible with the Train Control Systems K0D8 series and Digitrax DN163K0B
The following N scale locos, both cab and cables, will be available soon:
-176-1202 EMD F3A Western Pacific 802A [Dec 2017]
-176-1202-DCC EMD F3A Western Pacific 802A [Jan 2018]
-176-1203 EMD F3A Western Pacific 803 [Dec 2017]
-176-1203-DCC EMD F3A Western Pacific 803 [Jan 2018]
-176-1208 EMD F3B Western Pacific [Dec 2017]
-176-1208-DCC EMD F3B Western Pacific [Jan 2018]
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