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MPI MP36PH

Prototype Information:

Manufactured by Motive Power Inc (MPI), the MP36PH is a commuter service locomotive that is utilized by regional transit agencies all across the United States and Canada. In Chicago, IL, these distinct locomotives operate on Metra train lines in “push-pull” service, running hourly commuter bi-level trains in and out of the downtown stations to serve the approximately 300,000 daily riders that use it to go to and from the surrounding suburbs.

Model Features:

  • Designed to operate pulling Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Cars
  • The MP36PH locomotive uses a sophisticated lightpiping and LED system to give it directional headlight and taillight functions across all six of its nose lights, as well as illuminated pre-printed numberboards for push/pull operation.
  • Locomotive's heavy duty five-pole motor and mechanism designed to pull a 10 car bi-level consist up a 4% grade without the need for a traction tire.
  • Drop in DCC compatible with the Train Control Systems K4D6.

Videos:

Watch the Chicago Metra MP36PH and Nippon Sharyo Bi-Levels in action in this feature video on youtube - click the image to the left to open the video in a new window!

Following the release of the Metra MP36PH and Bi-Levels, Kato USA announces the Virginia Railway Express (which offers commuter service in and out of Washington D.C. to the Virginia suburbs), with fully remolded shell details to match the prototype specifications of the VRE. To see the feature video for these VRE sets on youtube, click the image to the left to open the video in a new window!

Detail Photos; click for higher resolution images


Chicago Metra MP36PH

Front views of both the Metra Locomotive and Cab-Coach

Virginia Railway Express MP36

Front views of both the VRE Locomotive and Cab-Coach

Comparison shot of the Metra and VRE, showing the differences in rear roof details.

Comparison shot of the Metra and VRE, showing differences in nose and cab roof details.
   

Available Releases

Item #
Description MSRP
106-8701
N MP36PH Chicago METRA Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train "Starter Series" 4-Car Set*
Includes:
  1 x MP36PH Locomotive Chicago Metra #427
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6070
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6153
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Chicago Metra #8507
$185
176-6121 N MP36PH Chicago Metra #416* $120
176-6122 N MP36PH Chicago Metra #426* $120
106-8705
N MP36PH Virginia Railway Express Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train "Starter Series" 4-Car Set**
Includes:
  1 x MP36PH Locomotive Virginia Railway Express #V53
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V808
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V819
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Virginia Railway Express #V712
$185
176-6125
N MP36PH Virginia Railway Express #V51** $120
176-6126
N MP36PH Virginia Railway Express #V52** $120
These engines have also been made available in a variety of custom paint schemes on a special order basis - find listings of these engines here.
*Chicago RTA Licensed Products. **VRE Licensed Products

 

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