HO Bi-Level Passenger Cars

Prototype Information:

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 made its debut on the Chicago & North Western railroad for their Chicago area commuter service in the 1950s.

Model Information:

All of our Bi-Level gallery cars feature prototypical interiors and the distinctive green-tinted windows. The Cab/Coach models are equipped with Golden White LED directional head/taillights which can be switched on and off for operation mid-train.

Kinematic Knuckle Couplers are included to model close coupling in dynamic push/pull operation. The couplers are easily installed with a phillips screwdriver and are a unique feature to our Bi-Level passenger cars. The Kinematic Knuckle couplers expand and contract as the cars move about your layout, which keeps the cars close together on straights and at a working distance around curves.

RTA and Chicago & North Western Cars can be re-numbered with the optional 850470 Dry Transfer decal kit – this allows modelers to enjoy a car that’s pre-numbered out of the box but also have the flexibility to run multiple uniquely numbered cars in a consist! The existing numbers can be easily rubbed away with thinner without damaging the underlying paint and the dry transfers give a “factory applied” appearance with ease!

You can see a video of the process for applying Dry Transfer decals on our Youtube channel here: LINK

Model Features:

  • Perfectly suited to be pulled by Kato’s EMD F40PH locomotives
  • Kinematic Knuckle Couplers and Shock Absorber construction for realistic movement
  • Interior detailing that can be enjoyed with our HO interior lighting kits (7-504).
  • Prototypical green tinted windows
  • Cab-Coaches are equipped with headlights lights which can be switched on and off

Detail Photos; click for higher resolution images

Feature videos:

Kato USA Tech Corner: Watch this video (also accessible by clicking the image to the left) to get an overview of the process for using dry-transfer decals to apply alternate numbers to your Bi-Level cars!

Kato USA Tech Corner: Watch this video (also accessible by clicking the image to the left) to learn about the optional HO KATO Passenger car Coupler Adapter for Kadee® Standard Shank Couplers!

These adapter kits, item #85065K sold through the Kato USA Part Store, will allow you to mount Kadee couplers onto Kato’s HO Bi-Level and Superliner cars! Perfect for those of you who belong to railroad clubs with coupler requirements, or for those who simply wish to use Kadee couplers instead of Kato’s knuckle or Kinematic couplers!

Former Models

Stock #

Description

Road #

Msrp

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Cab-Coach Amtrak Phase III

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$57

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Cab-Coach Chicago RTA #8716

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$67

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Cab-Coach Rock Island #CC-115

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$67

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Cab-Coach Rock Island #CC-116

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$67

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Cab-Coach Chicago Metra #8750

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$75

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Cab-Coach Chicago & North Western #184

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$90

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Cab-Coach Chicago Metra #8730

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$95

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach Amtrak Phase III

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$50

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach Rock Island #155

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$55

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach Rock Island #157

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$55

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach Chicago Metra #7848

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$65

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach Chicago Metra #7836

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$65

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach Chicago & North Western #310

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$80

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 4-Window Coach Chicago Metra #7780

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$85

Stock #

Description

HO Pullman Bi-Level 6-Window Coach Chicago & North Western #19

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$80