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MP36PH and Gallery Bi-Level Commuter cars and train sets

Bringing Commuter trains home to N scale

Kato is proud to announce a new entry into its "Starter Series" line of train sets with the introduction of Motive Power International MP36PH locomotives and Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Cars, available in individual and packaged releases.

MPI MP36PH

The Motive Power International MP36PH is used by a number of cities across the country for commuter service, their often distinctive and colorful paint schemes serving to make these locomotives the “figureheads” for local commuter service.

Gallery Bi-Level Coaches and Cab Coaches

The modern Nippon Sharyo-built Gallery Bi-Level is based off of the same concept as the original Santa Fe “El Capitan” Bi-level design concept, whose success went on to inspire such double decker cars as Amtrak’s Superliners and the Bombardier Bi-Level car which is also used in commuter service. Today, gallery Bi-Level cars such as those used by the Chicago Metra commuter service can be seen operating in several states across the United States, such as Virginia and California.

Model Features:

  • 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.
  • All cars are DCC friendly, with FR11 decoders available for optional 11-211/212 Version 2 Interior Lighting Kits with LED.
  • Bi-Level cab coaches feature directional lighting for push-pull operation, with alternate illuminating headlight and taillights with an on/off switch for mid-train operation. An optional FL12 decoder can be installed in the place of the slider switch to provide DCC control over the directional lighting.
  • Smooth rolling blackened metal wheels on all Bi-level cars with all-wheel electrical pickup.
  • Drop in DCC compatible with the Train Control Systems K4D6 and Digitrax DN163K4B

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

Chicago Metra Cab Coach.

Chicago Metra Coach.

Front views of both the Metra Locomotive and Cab-Coach

Virginia Railway Express MP36

Virginia Railway Express Bi-Level Cab Coach

Virginia Railway Express Bi-Level Coach

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.

Cab Coach comparison between the Metra and VRE, showing the VRE's printed numberboards.

Coach comparison between the Metra and VRE, showing the unique signboard arrangements.

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
106-8702
Restocking August 2016
N Chicago METRA Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train 3-Car Set*
Includes:
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6004
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6034
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Chicago Metra #8527
  Bookcase style packaging that can hold a total of 5 Bi-Levels and 2 locomotives, either the MP36PH or F40PH
$100
176-6121 N MP36PH Chicago Metra #416* $120
176-6122 N MP36PH Chicago Metra #426* $120
156-0941
N Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6185* $30
156-0942
N Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6077* $30
156-0943
N Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Chicago Metra #8548* $40
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
106-8706 N Virginia Railway Express Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train 3-Car Set**
Includes:
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V807
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V800
  1 x Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Virginia Railway Express #V710
  Bookcase style packaging that can hold a total of 5 Bi-Levels and 2 locomotives, either the MP36PH or F40PH
$100
176-6125
N MP36PH Virginia Railway Express #V51** $120
176-6126
N MP36PH Virginia Railway Express #V52** $120
156-0945
N Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V812** $30
156-0946
N Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express #V818** $30
156-0947
N Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Virginia Railway Express #V716** $40
156-0960
N Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6194* $30
156-0961
N Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Chicago Metra #8504* $40
*Chicago RTA Licensed Products. **VRE Licensed Products

 

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