Kato has just released their December 2011 announcements which include more GG1 variations, additional Metra and VRE bi-level cars, Gunderson MAXI 1 intermodal units in BNSF “swoosh” logo and a #2 wye Unitrack turnout.  We have included Kato’s text descriptions below as these new announcements weren’t on the Kato website at time of publication. www.katousa.com

N New GG1 Bicentennial and re-release GG1 Tuscan Red 5-Stripe

Pre-orders due December 23rd – Shipping April 2012

Joining the ranks of the GS-4 Bicentennial “American Freedom Train” and the U30C Bicentennial “Spirit of ‘76” comes the GG1 in Conrail’s Bicentennial colors! This locomotive was painted specially for the United States Bicentennial celebrations in 1976 and carries a unique red, white, and blue color scheme adorned with 50 stars on each side and an image of the liberty bell. Scheduled for release next April along with a re-release of the popular PRR Tuscan red five stripe paint scheme GG1 (for use with the still-available PRR Broadway Limited classic name train), this locomotive is sure to make a splash on layouts, whether it’s running on its own or with its bicentennial brothers.

Note: While the prototype GG1 #4800 was a uniquely “riveted” molded GG1, this N scale release will use the same body shell as the standard Pennsylvania GG1.

N Gunderson MAXI-I 40′ Double Stack Well Car BNSF with NYK containers – three road #’s

Pre-orders due December 23rd – Shipping April 2012

Coming April 2012, the Gunderson MAXI-I will be released in three different road numbers of BNSF with the latest “Swoosh” logo. Each set will include 10 x NYK 40’ Magnetic Intermodal Containers that can be used interchangeably with Kato’s other magnetic container releases in both 40’ and 53’ variations.

N Bi-Level individual Coach and Cab-Coach releases for both METRA and Virginia Railway Express – new car numbers

Pre-orders due December 23rd – Shipping April 2012

Expand your commuter service! Kato announces brand new individual coaches and individual cab-coaches (available separately for the first time) for both Chicago METRA and Virginia Railway Express paint schemes! Perfect for extending existing commuter trains or for building up a second set with an individual MP36PH locomotive, these cars are scheduled to roll into hobby stores this coming April!

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