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Smoothside Passenger Car Sets

Prototype Information:

"Streamliners" were operated by Union Pacific, Chicago & North Western, and Southern Pacific with some equipment "pooling" with Wabash and other railroads. The most famous trains were the City of Los Angeles and the City of San Francisco, departing from Chicago, IL for the West. Additional trains were known as the City of Portland and the City of St. Louis.

The biggest partners, UP and C&NW, advertised "Route of the Streamliners" on their box cars. In essence, each of the partner railroads "owned" portions of the train; they were true partners, not simply connecting railroads.

Today, these trains remain among the best remembered of all postwar lightweight passenger trains.

Passenger Car Features:

  • Available in both 6-car and 4-car packaged sets of un-numbered cars for modelers to build their own trains.
  • Designed to run with Kato EMD E8 locomotives
  • Each car is equipped with low flange wheels, KATO magnetic knuckle couplers and shock absorber construction for smooth and reliable operation
  • Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-211/212 Version 2 Interior Light Kit with White LED

Announcements:

June 2014 release: Click the image to the left or the following download link to open a printable PDF with the full announcement page for the new Illinois Central and VIA Smoothside and E8 production run!

Download PDF here

You can also read up additional details about the Kato EMD E8 locomotive by visiting its product homepage here: Link

Available Now:

Item # Description MSRP
176-5320   N EMD E8A Alaska Rail Road #2401
   Dual Headlight, Dynamic Brakes, Chin Pilot, Steam Generator
$95
176-5321   N EMD E8A Alaska Rail Road #2402
   Dual Headlight, Dynamic Brakes, Chin Pilot, Steam Generator
$95
176-5322   N EMD E8B Alaska Rail Road #P-30
   Dynamic Brakes, Steam Generator
$90
106-091   N Alaska Railroad 6-Car Bookcase Set
$175
106-092   N Alaska Railroad 4-Car Bookcase Set
$125
176-5360   N EMD E8A Chicago & North Western #5021A
   Dual Headlight, Non-Dynamic Brakes, Chin Pilot, Steam Generator
$95
176-5361   N EMD E8A Chicago & North Western #5021B
   Dual Headlight, Non-Dynamic Brakes, Chin Pilot, Steam Generator
$95
106-093   N Chicago & North Western 6-Car Bookcase Set
$175
106-094   N Chicago & North Western 4-Car Bookcase Set
$125

Models shipping June 2014:

Item # Description MSRP
176-5362 N EMD E8A Illinois Central #4018
   Dual Headlight, Non-Dynamic Brakes, Chin Pilot, Steam Generator
$95*
176-5363 N EMD E8A Illinois Central #4025
   Dual Headlight, Non-Dynamic Brakes, Chin Pilot, Steam Generator
$95*
176-5364 N EMD E8B Illinois Central #4105
   Dynamic Brakes, Steam Generator
$90*
106-095 N Illinois Central 6-Car Bookcase Set
$175*
106-096 N Illinois Central 4-Car Bookcase Set
$125*
176-5344 N EMD E8A VIA Rail #1800
   Single Headlight, Non-Dynamic Brakes, Straight Pilot, Steam Generator
$95*
176-5345 N EMD E8A VIA Rail #1802
   Dual Headlight, Non-Dynamic Brakes, Straight Pilot, Steam Generator
$95*
106-097 N VIA Rail 6-Car Bookcase Set
$175*
106-098 N VIA Rail 4-Car Bookcase Set
$125*
* MSRP is estimated and is subject to change
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