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USRA 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado

Prototype Information:

The USRA Heavy Mikado, oftentimes referred to as the "Mike", first saw service after World War I, under the United States Railroad Administration. Using a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement (one unpowered axle, four driving axles, and one unpowered trailing axle), this wheel setup allows the locomotive to be built with the firebox behind the driving wheels instead of above, allowing a larger capacity firebox and therefore more power and speed than a similar 2-8-0 steam locomotive.

Model Information:

Kato's N Scale USRA 2-8-2 Heavy Mikados now come with all the handrails, bells, and whistles* factory installed. Working side rods complete the realistic look and motion of this superb model.


* Literally referring to bell and whistle detail parts.

Model Features:

  • New semi-automatic front coupler for double heading capability
  • Detail parts (with the exception of coupler trip pins) are factory installed
  • Prototypical side rod motion
  • Wheels can be upgraded with traction tires (Item 11-604) for increased pulling power

Current Models

Item # Description
Road Number
126-0211 N USRA 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado Burlington Route
126-0211A N USRA 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado Burlington Route
Kato USA, Inc. 100 Remington Road Schaumburg, IL 60173