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California Zephyr Trainsets

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. . Re-Release
Announced 11-07-2012
Orders Due: 11/28/2012
ETA: January 2013
Fifth Release:
Announced 05-09-11
Orders Due: 05-24-11
ETA: 09/2011
Fourth Release:
Announced 10-07-09
Orders Due: 10-23-09
ETA: February 2010
Third Release:
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March 2007
Second Release:
Delivered:
November 2006
First Release:
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October 2004
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The California Zephyr!
The most talked about train in the country!

 
Prototype Information
The California Zephyr. The name alone is instantly recognized as one of the most famous passenger trains in the history of North American railroading.

Said to be a "cruise train," the California Zephyr initiated service on March 20, 1949, heading eastbound to Chicago. In the first years, the CZ, as it came to be known, was the main transportation between Chicago and San Francisco, covering the 2,532 miles in just over two days, traveling "the scenic way across America." The scheduling of the CZ purposefully put it in the magnificent landscape of the Rocky Mountains and Feather River during daylight hours, much to the delight of passengers. With its breathtaking scenery outside and excellent service inside, the CZ was "the most talked about train in the country."

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 F3s in an A-B-A lash-up, while the WP utilized a A-B-B configuration. Needing additional power through the mountains, the D&RGW utilized the F3s in an A-B-B-A combination and the ALCos in an A-B-A arrangement.

Although the equipment used would change over the years due to ridership volume and service needs, the CB&Q-D&RGW-WP California Zephyr operated until March 22, 1970, a remarkable 21 years of service!

For additional information about the CZ, we recommend a visit to the following websites:

Model Features

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 (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.

As an added bonus, this 11-car set includes enough N scale Unitrack at no additional cost for a first-class presentation of the set on a desk or shelf when not in operation on a layout (Included 9-pcs of 20-000 track + 1-pc 20-048 bumper).

It was written that the California Zephyr was "a pretty train pretty from any angle," the pinnacle of passenger railroad equipment. The Kato California Zephyr in N scale is sure to be equally impressive.


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Item Description Pricing & Order Link
California Zephyr 11-Car Set Re-Release of the Third Release
Part #106-056B California Zephyr 11-Car Set
Railroad Car Type Car Name
Western Pacific Baggage Silver Beaver
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach Silver Lodge
Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Coach w/ Conductor's Room Silver Mustang
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach Silver Thistle
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Buffet Lounge Silver Lounge
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Falls
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Mountain
Denver & Rio Grande Western Diner Silver Platter
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 16-Sec Sleeper Silver Larch
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Cliff
Western Pacific Dome Observation Silver Crescent
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California Zephyr 11-Car Set Fifth Release
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Part #: Kat-106-057 California Zephyr 11-Car Set
Railroad Car Type Car Name
Western Pacific Baggage

Silver Stag

Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Coach Silver Pony
Western Pacific Dome Coach w/ Conductor's Room Silver Sage
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach Silver Lariat
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Buffet Lounge Silver Roundup
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Range
Denver & Rio Grande Western 10-6 Sleeper Silver Summit
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Diner Silver Restaurant
Denver & Rio Grande Western 10-6 Sleeper Silver Pine
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Bay
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Observation Silver Horizon
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California Zephyr 11-Car Set Fourth Release
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Part #: Kat-106-056 California Zephyr 11-Car Set
Railroad Car Type Car Name
Denver & Rio Grande Western Baggage Silver Antelope
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach Silver Saddle
Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Coach w/
Conductor's Room
Silver Rifle
Western Pacific Dome Coach Silver Dollar
Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Buffet Lounge Silver Shop
Denver & Rio Grande Western 10-6 Sleeper Silver Pass
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Shore
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Diner Silver Cafe
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Poplar
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Palisade
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Observation Silver Penthouse
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California Zephyr 11-Car Set Third Release
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Part #106-055B California Zephyr 11-Car Set
Railroad Car Type Car Name
Western Pacific Baggage Silver Beaver
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach Silver Lodge
Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Coach w/
Conductor's Room
Silver Mustang
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach Silver Thistle
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Buffet Lounge Silver Lounge
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Falls
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Mountain
Denver & Rio Grande Western Diner Silver Platter
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 16-Sec Sleeper Silver Larch
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Cliff
Western Pacific Dome Observation Silver Crescent
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California Zephyr 11-Car Set Second Release
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Part #: Kat 106-055 California Zephyr 11-Car Set
Railroad Car Type Car Name
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Baggage Silver Coyote
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach Silver Bridie
Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Coach w/ Conductor's Room Silver Colt
Western Pacific Dome Coach Silver Scout
Western Pacific Dome Buffet Silver Chalet
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Point
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Surf
Denver & Rio Grande Western Diner Silver Banquet
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 16-Sec Sleeper Silver Maple
Denver & Rio Grande Western 10-6 Sleeper Silver Gorge
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Observation Silver Solarium
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California Zephyr 11-Car Set First Release
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Part #: Kat 106-055 California Zephyr 11-Car Set
Railroad Car Type Car Name Car #
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Baggage Silver Bear 903
Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Coach Silver Bronco 1105
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Coach w/ Conductor's Room Silver Ranch 4719
Western Pacific Dome Coach Silver Feather 812
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome Buffet Silver Club 250
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Valley 428
Denver & Rio Grande Western 10-6 Sleeper Silver Glacier 1134
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Diner Silver Diner 194
Denver & Rio Grande Western 16-Sec Sleeper Silver Aspen 1120
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Canyon 862
Denver & Rio Grande Western Dome Observation Silver Sky 1145
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Light Kits
Part #: Kat-11-211 Interior Lighting Kit w/ LED Version 2
Fits: Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner, Daylight, Broadway, Superchief
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Fits: Budd Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner
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: : : Specifications
* Light bulb in the conventional interior lighting set has been replaced with white LED in this newly developed lighting set with the rest of the components remaining the same.
* Set for a single car/Set for 6 Cars
::: Components for a car:
* Lens Color Filter, Reflector Unit, Unit Holder, and Contact Spring

: : :Features
* Use of newly developed White LED recreates a fluorescent lamp lighted environment.
* By attaching the Color Filter the white color can be changed into yellowish “incandescent” light. Use of this filter is particularly good with older time period cars in which incandescent light was prevalent.
* Be sure to note the value pricing of the #11-212 Kit giving you the components for six cars for the price of five single-car kits!

: : : Additional Notes
* Applicable to those (N) passenger cars which #11-204/206 New Interior Lighting sets can be fit into.

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Part #: Kat-11-212 Interior Lighting Kit w/ LED Version 2 (6 pieces)
Fits: Can be used to illuminate any N Scale Kato Passenger car, business car, or RDC.
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Fits: Budd Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner
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Decoders
Part #: Kat-29-352 FL12 Tail Light Control Decoder

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DCC Decorder for tail light control in the Daylight, California Zephyr, El Capitan, City of Los Angeles and Super Chief observation cars.


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Part #: Kat-29-353 FR11 Interior Light Control Decoder

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DCC Decoder for N interior lighting kits 11-211 and 11-212. Allows programmable on/off functionality in DCC.


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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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