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Tenth Release:
Announced: 10-08-2014
Orders Due: 11-20-2014
ETA: February 2015
Eighth Release:
Announced: 10-03-11
Orders Due: 10-21-11
ETA: Delivered
Seventh Release:
Announced: 03-06-11
ETA: Delivered
Sixth CZ Loco Release:
Announced: 10-08-09
ETA: Delivered
Seventh Release:
Announced: 07-20-07
ETA: Delivered
Sixth Release:
Announced: 05-03-07
ETA: Delivered
Fifth CZ Loco Release:
Announced: 05-03-07
ETA: Delivered
Fifth Release:
Announced: 04-13-07
ETA: Delivered
Fourth Release:
Announced: 11-13-06
ETA: Delivered
Third Release:
Announced: 03-03-05
ETA: Delivered
Second Release:
Announced: 06-03-04
ETA: Delivered
First Release:
Announced: 06-03-2003
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Prototype Information:

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 favored a "Single Headlight" version of the F3, while Western railroads favored 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.

Model Information:

The Kato EMD F3 comes in both A and B (cabless) variations, and is retooled from earlier variations of the F-unit locomotive chassis to make it DCC friendly. Passenger units can be identified by their Steam Generators vs. freight units which lack this detail.

Model Features:
  • 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
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Tenth Release

Part #: Kat-176-1112 - Union Pacific (Freight Version) - Road #: 1404 - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1113 - Union Pacific (Freight Version) - Road #: 1405 - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1114 - Union Pacific (Freight Version) - Road #: 1412 - EMD F3 b-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1115 - Southern Pacific "Black Widow" (Freight Version) - Road #: 6101 - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1116 - Southern Pacific "Black Widow" (Freight Version) - Road #: 6104 - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1117 - Southern Pacific "Black Widow" (Freight Version) - Road #: n/a - EMD F3 b-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1313 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy (Freight Version) - Road #: 9960A - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1314 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy (Freight Version) - Road #: 9960C - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1315 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy (Freight Version) - Road #: n/a - EMD F3 a-unit
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Ninth Release

Part #: Kat-176-1121 - Santa Fe - Road #: 21/19 - New Tooling Modified body style a/k/a "Late" "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F3 a-unit
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Being long lived units, Santa Fe’s F3’s were continuously being upgraded, with late era revisions having their distinctive “chicken wire” grills replaced by the stainless steel grills that EMD was fitting on their newer F7 productions. These F3’s ended up looking remarkably similar to their later built F7 cousins, though they still retained their early style roof fans.


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Part #: Kat-176-1122 - Santa Fe - Road #: n/a - New Tooling Modified body style a/k/a "Late" "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F3 b-unit
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Eighth Release

Part #: Kat-176-1109 - Santa Fe - Road #: 19 - "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1110 - Santa Fe - Road #: 19C - "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F3 a-unit
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Part #: Kat-176-1111 - Santa Fe - Road # n/a - "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F3 b-unit
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- Intermountain unit shown for illustration purposes until Kato provides artwork/photos of their version

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Seventh Release California Zephyr EMD F3 A-Unit and F3 B-Unit Locomotives
Part #: Kat-176-1202 - Western Pacific - Road #: 802A - EMD F3 A Unit DHL, S/G
Western Pacific
As a partner railroad for the California Zephyr (WP, D&RGW, CB&Q), the Western Pacific supplied motive power for part of the train's journey. When the CZ was new, this power was often WP's F3 locomotives numbered 801 and 802. They were built specifically for CZ use, but were eventually utilized throughout the railroad. The attractive orange, silver, and stainless steel scheme made the "Feather River Route" hard to forget.

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Re-Release. Previously announced October 2003.

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Part #: Kat-176-1208 - Western Pacific (Orange, Silver, Black) - Road #: N/A - EMD F3B

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Re-Release. Previously announced October 2009.
Look Out For New California Zephyr Release!

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Part #: Kat-176-1303 - Denver & Rio Grande (Gold and Silver 4 stripe) - Road #: 5531 - EMD F3A - Duplicate numberboard included for road number 5534
Re-Release. Previously announced May 2007.

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Part #: Kat-176-1304 - Denver & Rio Grande Western (Aspen Gold, Silver, Black "4-stripe") - Road #: 5541 - EMD F3A

Re-Release. Previously Announced October 2009.

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Part #: Kat-176-1308 - Denver & Rio Grande Western (Aspen Gold, Silver, Black "4-stripe") - Road #: N/A - EMD F3B
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Re-Release. Previoulsy Announced October 2009.

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Sixth Release California Zephyr EMD F3 A-Unit and F3 B-Unit Locomotives
Part #: Kat-176-1204 - Western Pacific - Road #: 801A - (Orange, Silver, Black) - EMD F3A
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Part #: Kat-176-1305 - Denver & Rio Grande Western - Road #: 5544 - (Aspen Gold, Silver, Black "4-stripe") - EMD F3A
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Part #: Kat-176-1308 - Denver & Rio Grande Western (Aspen Gold, Silver, Black "4-stripe") - Road #: N/A - EMD F3B
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Part #: Kat-176-1311 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy - Road #: 9962A - (Silver, Red, Black) EMD F3A  
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Part #: Kat-176-1312 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy - Road #: 9962C - (Silver, Red, Black) EMD F3A  
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Part #: Kat-176-1307 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy - Road #: n/a - (Silver, Red, Black) EMD F3B  
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Seventh Release
Part #: Kat-176-1104A - Southern Pacific - Road #: 6102 - EMD F3A
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Part #: 176-1108 - Southern Pacific -  No Road # - EMD F3B 
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Sixth Release
Part #: Kat-176-1104 - Southern Pacific - Road #: 6103 - EMD F3A
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Part #: Kat-176-1108 - Southern Pacific - No Road # - EMD F3B
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Part #: Kat-176-1103 - Union Pacific - Road #: 1403 - EMD F3A
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Part #: Kat-176-1107 - Union Pacific - Road #: 1402C - EMD F3B
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Fifth Release
Part #: 176-1103 - Union Pacific - Road #: 1402 - EMD F3A
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Part #: 176-1107 - Union Pacific - Road #: 1402B - EMD F3B
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Fourth Release EMD F3 A-Unit and F3 B-Unit Locomotives
Part #: Kat-176-1302 F3A Chicago Burlington & Quincy, (Silver and Black) Road #9961A - EMD F3 A-Unit DHL, S/G.   Duplicate numberboard included for road number 9961-C
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Part #: Kat-176-1307 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy, (Silver and Black) - EMD F3B
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Part #: Kat-176-1303 - Denver & Rio Grande, (Gold and Silver 4 stripe) Road #5531 - EMD F3A - Duplicate numberboard included for road number 5534
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Part #: Kat-176-1308 - Denver & Rio Grande, (Gold and Silver 4 stripe) - EMD F3B
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Part #: Kat-176-1203 - Western Pacific, (Silver and Orange) Road #803 - EMD F3A - Duplicate numberboard included for road number 801
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Part #: Kat-176-1208 - Western Pacific, (Silver and Orange) - EMD F3B
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Third Release California Zephyr EMD F3 A-Unit LOCOMOTIVES
Part #: Kat-106-0302 - Western Pacific Road # 801A, 801B - EMD F3 A-B Unit set DHL, S/G,
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Part #: Kat-176-1207 - Western Pacific - Road # 801C - EMD F3 B Unit set S/G,
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Prototype Information —
An A-B-A consist of CB&Q F3 locomotives, in silver bodies with black nose stripes and lettering, was on the point of the California Zephyr when it pulled out of Chicago on its inaugural westbound run, March 21, 1949.

The CB&Q locomotives had a "passenger" or "closed" front pilot and lacked dynamic brakes because of the Burlington's relatively flat route.

Model Features —
These F3 models will feature our new DCC-friendly F-unit mechanism, as well as Kato magnetic knuckle couplers, illuminated pre-printed number boards, and Amber LED headlight.  

The bodyshells feature correct pilot detail and correctly lack the roof mounted dynamic brake fan.

All units will be powered by the powerful Kato five-pole motor with dual flywheels with electrical pick-up from all of the blackened metal wheels.

Part #: Kat-176-1301 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy - Road #: 9960C - Paint Scheme: Silver & Black - EMD F3A Single Locomotive


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Second Release EMD F3 A-Unit and A/B LOCOMOTIVES
Part #: Kat-106-0306 - Chicago Burlington & Quincy - Road #: 9960A & 9960B - Paint Scheme: Silver & Black- F3A + F3B Set


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KEY: DHL = Double Headlight, S/G = Steam Generator
First Release
Part #: Kat-176-1101 - Rio Grande (D&RGW) Road # 5524 - EMD F3 A Unit DHL
Denver & Rio Grande Western
Famous for its advertisements featuring the Royal Gorge, its lingering Narrow Gauge operations, and its beautiful locomotives that pulled the California Zephyr, the Rio Grande operated in the mountains and deserts of Colorado and Utah. Even today, The Canon City & Royal Gorge a tourist railroad operates excursions through the famous Royal Gorge with locomotives painted in a D&RGW-inspired paint scheme
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Part #: Kat-176-1102 - Santa Fe - Road # 21C - EMD F3 A Unit DHL

Santa Fe
Delivered in 1946, Santa Fe's first F3 locomotives featured a silver-painted body with red "Warbonnet" over the cab. A-Units originally had three porthole windows and a single headlight. Santa Fe was quick to make changes; removed was the center porthole window and added was a second headlight — this is the version we have selected to produce. In later years, Santa Fe's F3 locomotives were rebuilt with new fans and side panels to duplicate the appearance of the newer F7 locomotives.
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Part #: Kat-176-1201 - Burlington Northern - Road # 710 - EMD F3 A Unit DHL, S/G,

Burlington Northern
The Burlington Northern was the result of a merger of several railroads including the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Spokane Portland & Seattle. Upon completion of the merger, BN found itself depending on a fleet of inherited F-Units. Originally numbered in the 9700 series for passenger service, the BN F3's that remained on the roster were soon renumbered in the low 700 series. In the BN numbering scheme, A-units wore even numbers and B-units wore odds. The road numbers we have selected are former GN and SP&S locomotives.
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Part #: Kat-176-1103 - Union Pacific - Road # 1455 - EMD F3 A Unit DHL

Union Pacific

The "Route of the Streamliners," started accepting delivery of Electro-Motive F3 locomotives in 1947. Intended for passenger service, an early delivery was numbered in the 900 series and entered in UP's locomotive classification scheme as FP-3 locomotives. In the early 1950s, the 900 series locomotives were renumbered into the 1451 number series. Displaced by more powerful E8 locomotives, several F-Units received freight pilots as they continued performing dual roles for Union Pacific. Many F3s were ultimately rebuilt to F9 specifications.
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Part #: Kat-106-0302 - Western Pacific Road # 801A, 801B - EMD F3 A-B Unit set DHL, S/G
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Part #: Kat-106-0303 - Rio Grande (D&RGW) - Road # 5521, 5522 - EMD F3 A-B Unit set DHL
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Part #: Kat-106-0304 - Santa Fe - Road # 21, 21B - EMD F3 A-B Unit set DHL
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Part #: Kat-106-0301 - Burlington Northern - Road # 706, 703 - EMD F3 A-B Unit set DHL, S/G,
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Part #: Kat-106-0305 - Union Pacific - Road # 1453, 1453B - EMD F3 A-B Unit set DHL
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EMD F3 Train sets
Set Contents —

Our F3 Train Set with UNITRACK is ideal for any beginning N scale hobbyist, young or old! Enjoy the top-quality performance and craftsmanship of KATO models with the convenience and reliability of UNITRACK.

One (1) F3 A-unit Locomotive, painted and lettered for one of three well-known railroads.
One (1) Cylindrical Tank Car.
Two (2) ACF 70-Ton Closed Side Covered Hopper Cars.
One (1) North American Cupola Caboose.
Sixteen (16) pieces of KATO UNITRACK, plus Rerailer, Adapter Cord and spare Unijoiners.

The approximate retail value of the items included in the set if purchased separately is $200!

Note: A power pack is NOT included.
We recommend the MRC line of power pack and stock several appropriate models for this train set. All at 25% off MSRP.

Set Details —
Perfect starting point for DC or DCC layouts!
Illuminated number boards. Kato fully automatic magnetic knuckle couplers.
New F3 body version - Dual Headlight! The included UNITRACK builds an approximate 2' X 4' oval, with 11" radius curves.
This loop of track can be easily expanded to a larger, more exciting layout with the systematic addition of other UNITRACK sets and products. Click here for more detailed information!
Part #: Kat-106-0011 - Santa Fe - Road # 16 - EMD F3 Train set DHL
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Part #: Kat-106-0012 - Union Pacific - Road # 1402 - EMD F3 Train set DHL
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Stock Checks:

Inventory is a fluid commodity.  It changes by the hour (sometimes by the minute). To retain our pricing structure we maintain stock levels designed to turnover 6 times each year. We cannot guarantee stock status till we have an order in hand. All product is subject to prior sale. If we confirm that we have it, and, while we are waiting for the order it sells, you would be upset that we did not hold it.
We used to hold items but learned a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson. When we held items for customers’ orders, the order never materialized 80%+ of the time.  We lost out on the orders placed while the item was on hold.  Also we wasted staff time that could have been used to pull actual orders.
Since we are well known for finding older stock the fact that it may not be on our shelves at this minute does not mean we can’t get it. So, as we spell out on our terms pages, we don’t do it anymore.
You may, however, call in and we will tell you if the items are available and if possible attempt to locate what we don’t have while you are on the phone.

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