N Pullman & Nippon Sharyo Bi-Level Commuter cars and train sets

Prototype Information

 

Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Cars:
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 Amtraks 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.

 

Pullman Gallery Bi-Level Cars:
The Bi-Level “Gallery” commuter car continues to be a favorite design of many commuter rail agencies throughout the United States and Canada, and is still in use today on the Chicago Metra in many of their commuter operations, seen running alongside the more modern Nippon Sharyo cars. The design made its debut on the Chicago & North Western railroad for their Chicago area commuter service in the 1950s.

Model Features:

  • Designed to be pulled by either MPI MP36PH or EMD F40PH locomotives.
  • 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.
  • DCC compatible with the use of the Kato FL12 Tail Light DCC Decoder installed into the Cab-Coach.

Detail Photos; click for higher resolution images

Pre-Production Sample of Pullman 4-Window Coach

Pre-Production Sample of Pullman 4-Window Coach

Pre-Production Sample of Pullman Cab-Coach

Pre-Production Sample of Pullman Cab-Coach

Nippon Sharyo Chicago Metra Cab-Coach

Nippon Sharyo Chicago Metra Coach

Front views of both the Metra Locomotive and Nippon Sharyo Cab-Coach

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

Nippon Sharyo VRE Bi-Level Cab Coach

Nippon Sharyo VRE Bi-Level Coach

Front views of both the VRE Locomotive and Nippon Sharyo Cab-Coach

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

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!

Available Products

Available Products

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N MP36PH Chicago METRA Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train "Starter Series" 4-Car Set

106-8701-DCC: N MP36PH Chicago METRA Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train "Starter Series" 4-Car Set w/Pre-Installed DCC

106-8701-1: N MP36PH Chicago METRA Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train "Starter Series" 4-Car Set w/Pre-Installed Lights

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

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$235 for Analog/DC. $335 for Digital DCC. $280 for Pre-lit Cars.

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N Chicago METRA Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train 3-Car Set

106-8701-1 N Chicago METRA Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train 3-Car Set

Includes:

1 x Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6078

1 x Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Coach Chicago Metra #6189

1 x Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Chicago Metra #8524

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N/A

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$130 for Analog/DC. $175 for Pre-lit Cars.

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N Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express

156-0946-1 N Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Coach Virginia Railway Express w/ Preinstalled Interior Lighting

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#V818

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$30 for Analog/DC. $45 for Pre-lit Cars.

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N Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Virginia Railway Express

156-0947-1 N Nippon Sharyo Gallery Bi-Level Cab-Coach Virginia Railway Express w/Preinstalled Interior Lighting

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#V716

Msrp

$30 for Analog/DC. $45 for Pre-lit Cars.