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NEW! Silver Streak Zephyr Boxed Train Set and Individual E5A locomotive releases

Now Available!

The next big thing is here! Wrapped in a specially decorated and printed bookcase style package, the “Silver Streak Zephyr” will be a complete classic named train in a single box, containing both the E5A locomotive “Silver Bullet” (complete with prototypical skirted trucks) and the five-car consist that made up this CB&Q streamlined and corrugated train.

Also releasing this October, for modelers looking to supplement their fleet of locomotives for pulling the “California Zephyr”, Kato USA will be releasing additional individual E5 locomotives, without the distinctive skirting that would have been present when they were first built, making them appropriate for pulling later era CB&Q trains!

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EMD E5A #9909 “Silver Bullet” was built specially for service with the Silver Streak Zephyr and was fitted with Skirts on the trucks and a covered cowl to emphasize the sleek, streamlined look of the locomotive and train.

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The individual EMD E5A locomotive releases will have different printing patterns on the nose to reflect the “general use” versions of the CB&Q E5A locomotive, as well as have un-skirted trucks that reflect the locomotive’s later appearance when they would have been used to pull trains such as the California Zephyr.
The EMD E5 has a distinctive raised angular radiator grill arrangement on the roof that was specific for that locomotive.
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A special feature of the new Kato EMD E5A is that the front coupler cowling can be removed on both the skirted and un-skirted units in order to mount a Kato magnetic knuckle coupler – this allows modelers to double head these locomotives when pulling longer trains such as the California Zephyr! Please note that the optional couplers are only included with the single locomotive releases.
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Another point of interest is that all E5’s were custom built with stainless steel corrugated sides so as to match the CB&Q’s stainless cars; a feature that gives these locomotives a noticeable shine and makes the matching Silver Streak Zephyr so elegant.

Train Control Systems is now taking orders for a drop-in decoder for the new EMD E5A locomotive, the K0D8-E

Videos and Additional Content:

Watch the CB&Q "Silver Streak Zephyr" in action in this feature video on youtube - click the image to the left to open the video in a new window!

See our magazine ad featuring the "Silver Streak Zephyr" and EMD E5A locomotives! Download a printable copy by clicking on the image to the left or by clicking HERE!

NEW! Read Model Railroad News' review and photo coverage of this new locomotive and train set, hitting newstands shortly after this Christmas, by clicking on the image to the left or by clicking HERE! This sneak peak of magazine content was kindly provided by MRN and the full content will be available in their January 2013 print issue or on Apple Newstand on 12/20.

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E5A #9909 "Silver Bullet"

Budd Baggage/RPO "Silver Sheen"

Budd Baggage "Silver Light"

Budd Coach "Silver Gleam"

Budd Coach "Silver Glow"

Budd Observation "Silver Spirit"
Released October 2012:
Item # Description MSRP
106-090 N CB&Q EMD E5A & Silver Streak Zephyr 6 Unit Set
  • EMD E5A #9909 “Silver Bullet”
  • Budd Baggage/RPO #1600 “Silver Sheen”
  • Budd Baggage Car #900 “Silver Light”
  • Budd Coach #4703 “Silver Gleam”
  • Budd Coach #4704 “Silver Glow”
  • Budd Observation #300 “Silver Spirit”
  • Specially designed bookcase packaging that holds all 6 locomotives and cars with additional room for an extra 2 E5 locomotives
176-5401 N EMD E5A CB&Q #9910A “Silver Speed” $110.00
176-5402 N EMD E5A CB&Q #9911A “Silver Pilot” $110.00


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