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Great Northern "Empire Builder"

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First Release
Leaked: 10-14-05
Orders Due: After announced
ETA: Feb/Mar 2006!
Item Description
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Due to minimum order requirements and shipping charges we "bunch" up re-orders to save you money.

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Prototype Information
We found an excellent resource for Empire Builder information on this site:
Great Northern Railway Historical Society
Including this photo:

From the Great Northern Historical Society website we find that a consist of 12 cars is appropriate starting in 1947
  1. "1947 -- February 23 saw the inauguration of the postwar edition of the
    Empire Builder. These five consists of 12 streamlined cars each were
    built by Pullman. The trains were given a 45 hour schedule between
    Chicago and Seattle.
    These trains were decked out from E unit to
    River series observation car in an eye-popping Omaha Orange,
    Pullman Green and gold stripe paint scheme. What came to be
    known as the "Empire Builder scheme" became the standard
    for GN passenger trains for the next 20 years."


  2. Then, "1950 -- E7 diesel passenger locomotives experience overheating problems in the mountains.
    They are replaced by an A-B-A set of EMD F units (F3's and F7's).
    Great Northern modified these units into "Passenger F's" with higher gearing
    for greater speed and boilers for steam heat.

  3. Finally: "1955 -- May 29 sees the introduction of Budd-built "short" domes, 3 to a train
    consist. Also from Budd comes full-length dome lounges for first-class
    passengers which arrive in October. All called "Great Domes" by the
    Great Northern, the 3 shorts and 1 full dome per train provided a
    whopping 150 dome seats for Builder passengers."
Model Features

Following very closely after the release of the "Super Chief" will be the Great Northern "Empire Builder." It will be available in F7 AB sets and individual F7A units and three different 4-car passenger car sets, so that you can enjoy operating this well-known Great Northern train while incrementally adding locomotives and cars to eventually build your train into the complete 12 car set

Kato has indicated they will soon provide sample consists for the following routes or trains: "Western Star", Spokane to Portland, & Chicago to Spokane.

More details will be posted by Kato soon and we will relay them as soon as we know.

To see the F7 locomotives for this set click here or on picture below:

Examples of what train consists could have been:

Possible Empire Builder (Chicago to Spokane)
F7A F7B F7C RPO Bag Coach Dome Coach Dome Coach Sleeper Diner Dome Sleeper Sleeper Dome Sleeper Obs

Possible Empire Builder (Spokane to Portland)
F7A F7B RPO Bag Coach Dome Coach Coach Coach Sleeper Coach Dome Sleeper Sleeper
Item Description Pricing & Order Link
Part #: Kat-106-1051 - Great Northern 4-car Passenger set including: Sleeper, Dome, Diner, & Observation cars (3 cars are named names-t/b/a). All four cars lettered for "Empire Builder" with sub lettering for Great Northern
Stock # Car Type Car Name Car #
106-1051 Sleeper Hart Pass 1376
Dome n/a   1321
Diner Lake Wenatchee 1251
Observation Grand Coulee 1197
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Part #: Kat-106-1052 - Great Northern 4-car Passenger set including: Railway Post Office, Baggage, Coach, & Dome. All four cars are lettered Great Northern
Part #: Car Type Car Name Road #
106-1052 RPO n/a 41
Baggage n/a 279
Coach n/a 1215
Dome n/a 1325
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Part #: Kat-106-1053 - Great Northern 4-car Passenger set including: Coach(lettered Great Northern), Dome(lettered Empire Builder), Sleeper(lettered Empire Builder), Sleeper(lettered Empire Builder)
Part #: Car Type Car Name Road #
106-1053 Coach n/a 1230
Dome n/a 1330
Sleeper Big Horne Pass 1379
Sleeper Lewis & Clark Pass 384
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Part #: 156-0701 - Great Northern Dome Car #1320
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Part #: 156-0702 - Great Northern Coach #1218
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Part #: 156-0703 - Great Northern Sleeper #1370 "Rogers Pass"
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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, 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 11-209/11-211 and 11-210/11-212. Allows programmable on/off functionality on DCC.

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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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