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Kato 35-6043 BiLevel Coach 6 Window C&NW #19
HO Scale Kato 356043 BiLevel Coach 6 Window C&NW #19
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HO Scale Kato #35-6043 BiLevel Commuter 4 Window Coach Chicago & North Western #19

    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 debuted on the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad for their Chicago area commuter service.

The Chicago & North Western quickly followed their lead and eventually owned the largest roster of this car design anywhere on the continent. They also had an innovation of their own: the Cab-Coach. This development meant that the railroad would not have to turn the locomotive at the end of a run. Additionally, a locomotive facing out of the terminal meant that exhaust would be kept outside of the passenger train shed. Trains are pushed into Chicago and pulled back out to the suburbs.

Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority, now known as Metra, ordered EMD F40PH locomotives to replace aged E and F units when they took over operation of Chicago's commuter rail system. These light blue locomotives could be seen pulling Chicago & North Western Bi-Level commuter cars for several years as the passenger car fleet was gradually repainted in RTA colors.

Amtrak purchased a dozen former C&NW Bi-Level cars that had been used on C&NW's trains to Green Bay, WI and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Once repainted, they could be found in service on various Amtrak routes fanning out from Chicago. 

These cars feature:

  • Shock Absorber Construction provides stable running performance.
  • Factory-installed KATO Magnetic Knuckle Couplers allow for minimum operating radius capacity of R430mm (R16-7/8") S-curve.
  • Optional KATO Kinematic Coupler is included for hobbyist installation for close coupling in dynamic push/pull operation.
  • Golden White LED directional headlight/taillight on Cab/Coach is equipped with on/off slide switch for operation under prototype train consists.
  • Cab/Coach includes optional roof beacon (modeler installed) molded in clear amber.
  • Green tinted windows, just like the prototype!
  • Dry transfer decals included with Bi-Level cars for personalizing car number.
  • Detailed Exterior and Interior.
  • Interior can be lighted with optional installation of #7-502 Interior Light Kit with White LED (with amber filter).  

    Photo may or may not show actual road number you are purchasing. Photo for visual reference only!

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