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Portram & Centram Light Rail Vehicles

Prototype Information:

The Toyamako line in Toyama, Japan, was converted to a Light Rail transit system in 2006, bringing with it an opportunity for the introduction of an all new light rail street car system for servicing the costal city. These light rail cars, built through joint efforts of Bombardier Transportation and Niigata Transys, are modern, low floor (no step up) street cars which are capable of running on both light rail street tracks and main line heavy rail.

Model Features:

  • Specially designed fully-powered truck system allows a fully detailed interior without any intruding wires or mechanical components.
  • These articulated Light Rail Vehicles can operate on extremely tight radii, such as those used with the Kato UNITRAM system or Compact Unitrack tracks.
  • Both Portram and Centram Light Rail vehicles feature directional lighting and signboards with alternate light patterns for both the front and rear of the car.
  • Interior lighting is built-in to the light rail cars to illuminate the interior of both cabins.
  • Articulated pantographs can be positioned at variable heights.
  • All Toyama light rail vehicles can be operated on both UNITRAM street track as well as basic Kato Unitrack and operated off of a basic Kato power pack, and do not require special track or equipment.*
  • *Due to space constraints restricting DCC board installation and the low voltage motors built into the trucks, these Light Rail Vehicles are not recommended for use with DCC systems

Detail Photos; click for higher resolution images


The articulated body is designed to take advantage of the UNITRAM street track system.

The detailed and visible interiors are further illuminated by built-in interior lighting.

All versions of the Portram and Centram have directional lighting for both sides of the articulated car.

Up above the sleek, modern sides and front of the LRV, exquisite and precise mechanical detailing can be found on the roof of the car.

Release and Pricing Information :

14-801-1 N PORTRAM Light Rail TLR0601 (Red)
$145.00
14-801-2 N PORTRAM Light Rail TLR0607 (Purple)
$145.00
14-801-4 N PORTRAM Light Rail TLR0661 (Blue)
$145.00
14-801-5 N PORTRAM Light Rail TLR0605 (Green)
$145.00
14-801-6 N PORTRAM Light Rail TLR0603 (Yellow)
$145.00
14-801-8 N PORTRAM Light Rail TLR0605 (ECO Green)
Comes in a specially decorated jewel case that imitates the whimsical appearance of the real car!
$145.00
14-802-1 N CENTRAM Light Rail 9000 (White)
$145.00
14-802-2 N CENTRAM Light Rail 9000 (Silver)
$145.00
14-802-3 N CENTRAM Light Rail 9000 (Black)
$145.00
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