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The Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha


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Prototype Information:

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. On June 29, 1947, the Milwaukee Road inaugurated its streamlined flagship on a 43-hour, 30-minute schedule. This was advertised as being a “speedliner.” The railroad contracted industrial designer Brooks Stevens to design the train consist, which included some unique and signature cars of the Milwaukee Road.

In 1952, the first full-length “Super Dome” cars were added, which included 68 dome seats and 28 lounge seats. The dome area featured seats positioned lengthwise, facing the 625 square foot double-pane windows. Ideal for insulation, and sightseeing.

Feature video:

Announcement Video: See the original announcement video of the N Scale Olympian Hiawatha train - shot from the interior of the "Cedar Rapids" Observation Parlour car!

Motive Power:

The Milwaukee Road used a total of three different locomotives to pull the consist between Chicago and Olympia, WA in the early 50's - two electrics (used on electrified portions of the journey) and the EMD FP7 - a specialized variation of the F7A which was lenghtened to accomodate a larger water resevoir for its steam generators (a necessity for long distance passenger service like that of the Olympian Hiawatha). While E units could also have filled this role (and did, in later years), their A1A truck design (spreading their weight and giving them less traction) made them less than ideal for handling the steep grades of the Milwaukee's route through the Rocky Mountains.

For the Olympian Hiawatha release, Kato will be making a new FP7A locomotive and a new tooled version of the F7B featuring a winterization hatch (a necessity for trips through the northern US and across the Rockies!)


EMD FP7A - Click for a larger image

EMD F7B w/ Winterization Hatch - Click for a larger image

Passenger Car Features:

  • Totally new FP7 mechanism and new F7B shell to reflect the prototypical appearance of the Milwaukee equipment
  • All new uniquely tooled cars for the Hiawatha train.
  • Each car is equipped with low flange wheels and KATO magnetic knuckle couplers.
  • the Post 1952 Super Dome and Distinctive Tail car will be exquisitely modeled with full maroon interiors and flush windows.
  • Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-211/212 Interior Light Kit version 2 with White LED.

Models arriving mid-2017:

Stock # Description Road # MSRP

106-082
Milwaukee Road "Olympian Hiawatha"
9 Car Set
Baggage-Dormitory 1313 $280
48 Seat Coach #524
48 Seat Coach #531
Super Dome Lounge #53
Diner #115
14 Section Touralux Sleeper "Mount St. Helens" #5746
10-6 Sleeper "Lake Pewaukee" #8
10-6 Sleeper "Lake Oconomowoc" #5
8-DB Lounge-Observation "Coffee Creek" #15

106-0430
EMD FP7A and F7B
Locomotive two-pack
EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road #95A $190
EMD F7B w/ Winterization Hatch Milwaukee Road #95B

176-2301
EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road #95C $110

11-650
Alternate Number boards for FP7A Milwaukee Road #90A + #95C $3
Kato USA, Inc. 100 Remington Road Schaumburg, IL 60173