Rolling Stock

Catalog of all in-stock N scale rolling stock

Aluminum Autoracks
Aluminum Autoracks

The Autorack (or "Auto Carrier") is a piece of railroad rolling stock built for a specific purpose - to transport cars. Commonly used to transport cars from the manufacturer to larger automotive distributors (before they're loaded onto the semis that are commonly seen on highways). Kato's N scale Autoracks come packaged in sets of four individually numbered cars to allow modelers to build up their own car transport trains or supplement their freight consists.

Amtrak Amfleets and Viewliners
Amtrak Amfleets and Viewliners

The original Amfleet car was Amtrak's solution to the need for a single level, shorter distance passenger car to replace its aging roster of heritage cars. The Amfleet II, the modern version, offers comfortable seating for around 55-60 people, with available cafe cars providing dining accommodations for shorter distance intercity trains as well as trains in the northeast corridor where low tunnels prevent the use of the higher capacity Superliner Car. Similarly, the Viewliner provides sleeping quarters for these longer distance trains and are often found coupled with Amfleets on overnight trains.

Amtrak Phase I+Early Equipment
Amtrak Phase I+Early Equipment

Formed in 1968 from the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroads, the Penn Central paved the way for government funded and operated rail passenger service - Amtrak - when it bankrupted in 1970 and left the densely populated northeast without any form of reliable rail transportation. In Amtrak’s formative years, it would use a variety of equipment from roads such as the Penn Central and the Santa Fe - oftentimes in the original paint running alongside Phase I painted equipment.

Amtrak Superliners
Amtrak Superliners

The Superliner I fleet was built in 1979 by Pullman Standard. Amtrak's Superliners were based on the famous Budd built Hi-Levels operated by the Santa Fe railroad, for their El Capitan all-coach train. 102 Superliner I coaches were built, and 48 Superliner I coach-baggage combination cars with a secure baggage hold instead of lower-level seating. For transportation of bulk items, trains would run with cars known as "Material Handling Cars" cargo carrying freight cars which would run either on the nose or tail of a consist.

Bethgon Coal + Grain Gondolas
Bethgon Coal + Grain Gondolas

Ever since 1982 the BethGon Coalporter has been hauling "black diamonds" across the United States. The largest selling Coal Gondola in the world, the car's double tub design increases hauling capacity while reducing maintenance requirements. Tubs below the car lower the center of gravity, providing a smoother ride. Since Coal is no longer sold at the volume it once was in the United States, many coal carrying railroad cars have been re-purposed. Since the use of used alcohol grain for animal feed is popular for farmers in the western part of the United States, unused Coal Gondolas cars proved up for the challenge and were converted for use as a Protein Gondola. These covered gondolas are used in freight trains in the western and southern parts of the states in long, endless fleets, primarily on the BNSF. Since the load of feed is biodegradable and needs to be delivered as quickly as possible, trains carrying these long loads are placed on top priority on the rails.

Canadian National Passenger cars
Canadian National Passenger cars

Ex Union Pacific, Pennsylvania, and Milwaukee cars painted in CN colors from the 60's and 70's, as well as the associated locomotives to pull them.

Chicago & North Western "400"
Chicago & North Western "400"

The Chicago & North Western 400 Series Trains were named for the concept of a “400 mile trip in 400 minutes,” with one of the most well-known examples being the Twin Cities 400 between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Commuter Bi-Level Cars
Commuter Bi-Level Cars

The Bi-Level "Gallery" commuter car continues to be a favorite design of many commuter rail agencies throughout the United States and Canada. The design made its debut on the Chicago & North Western railroad for their Chicago area commuter service in the 1950s.

EMD E5 and Silver Streak Zephyr
EMD E5 and Silver Streak Zephyr

The EMD E5 was built as a 2000 horsepower (despite the “E” in the name of the locomotive series originally referring to an “Eighteen hundred” horsepower engine specification) locomotive for passenger service specifically for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy. The major difference between the E5 and its other early E-unit brothers was its stainless steel finish and distinctive fluting, specifically chosen to match the CB&Q’s corrugated passenger trains such as the California Zephyr, Nebraska Zephyr, and Silver Streak Zephyr

MAXI-I Well Cars
MAXI-I Well Cars

Like its cousin, the Gunderson MAXI-IV, the MAXI-I is a multi-unit well car designed to carry two stacked intermodal shipping containers. While its base well is 40', it can accept larger containers such as 45', 48' and even 53' in the top position, making the car a versatile addition to a railroad's intermodal services. The MAXI-I is a five-unit well car, unlike its 53' cousin, giving each car a greater capacity even though the individual wells are a smaller size.

MAXI-IV Well Cars
MAXI-IV Well Cars

Intermodal container service is one of the most popular types of freight service on rails today. The Maxi-IV car is the mainstay of the U.S. domestic double-stack car fleet. Providing an optimum balance between tare weight and capacity, the Gunderson MAXI-IV is a 3-unit articulated double-stack car that can handle containers from 20-foot to 53-foot long in the well and containers 40-foot to 57-foot in the top, or double-stacked, position. As of a result of its versatility and sturdy construction, the MAXI-IV is now the mainstay of the U.S. domestic double-stack fleet.

Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha
Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha

From 1947-1961, the Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha ran passenger excursions between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest, operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The Olympian Hiawatha took scheduled excursions through scenic Idaho, Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains, and Washington’s Cascade range.

NYC 20th Century Limited
NYC 20th Century Limited

Called “The Most Famous Train in the World”, the New York Central “20th Century Limited” is one of the classic and most recognizable named trains of the 20th Century. Headed by some of the world’s most famous locomotives and connecting the great cities of New York City and Chicago, the “20th Century Limited” - along with its competitor from the Pennsylvania Rail Road the “Broadway Limited” - operated for more than 60 years.

PRR Broadway Limited
PRR Broadway Limited

Re-live some great moments in history in miniature with Kato’s “Broadway Limited” pulled by the GG1. The “Broadway Limited” offered the finest in luxury travel between New York and Chicago. You had a choice of six types of private rooms ranging from cozy Roomette to luxurious Master Room with a private bath and shower. It also had an Observation-Lounge and Club-Lounge cars with game tables, magazines and refreshment buffets and a Master Dining Car that served food in the traditional “Broadway Limited” manner.

Santa Fe El Capitan
Santa Fe El Capitan

The Santa Fe “El Capitan” offered coach travel between Chicago and Los Angeles using hi-level coaches along with a diner and lounge, its double decker hi-level cars providing a greater passenger capacity than traditional single-level trains. The El Capitan was revolutionary in that it offered excellent service and a train schedule that matched the speed of first class sleeper trains such as the "Super Chief" while remaining affordable to the every-day passenger. In fact, in January 1958 the "El Capitan" and "Super Chief" trains were consolidated to run together, though in peak traffic times such as Chrismas or the summer months the two would still keep separate train schedules to accomodate the increased ridership.

Santa Fe Super Chief
Santa Fe Super Chief

In 1935 the Santa Fe inaugurated its premier first class sleeping car only train the "Super Chief". The "Super Chief", often referred to as "The Train of the Stars", was frequently patronized by Hollywood stars because of its fine accommodations, fine dinning and fast 39 hr 45 min trip between Chicago and Los Angeles through the rich scenery of the American Southwest. Setting a new standard for luxury rail travel, it quickly became the most recognized train in the United States with its sleek silver and red warbonnet painted F units in the lead.

UP City of Los Angeles
UP City of Los Angeles

The "City of Los Angeles" was one of the Union Pacific's "City of" trains, and a direct competitor to trains such as the California Zephyr and Santa Fe Super Chief. With many railroads in the 1950's vying for the attention of the traveling public, the Union Pacific spend 10 million dollars in 1954 to upgrade its passenger services, promoting its commitment to high quality passenger service as well as creating one of the most iconic trains of the golden age of American railroading.

UP Excursion Equipment
UP Excursion Equipment

The UP is the largest railroad in the United States and traces its history back to the 1860’s. Along with a long standing and rich heritage, The UP maintains a fleet of historic locomotives and rolling stock for use at public day events and special business trips; these “excursion trips” are an opportunity for the railroad to show actual operational railroad history to new generations of railroad fans both young and old, pairing majestic steam locomotives such as the FEF-3 #844 (the “living legend”) with modern diesels such as UP’s fleet of Heritage SD70ACe locomotives as the general public is invited to explore (and even ride!) UP’s preserved passenger equipment. Many of the UP’s older heritage cars have been repurposed specially for these excursion trains, such as the 1962 vintage Baggage car “Promontory” which has been rebuilt into a traveling museum exhibit filled with interactive exhibits and memorabilia from the UP’s past. Even more drastically modified is a special ex-Baggage Dormitory car, gutted and rebuilt to house a diesel generator as a power car to provide head end electrical power to excursion trains pulled by Union Pacific’s steam locomotives. These cars and more join well-kept vintage Pullman and ACF-built luxury passenger cars to help preserve the historic golden era of US Passenger trains as the UP continues to operate and support railroad exhibitions in the modern era.