N Scale Logo Product Line: Kato
Click to visit the Kato USA Web Site

N-Scale California Zephyr
The California Zephyr!
The most talked about train in the country!

Prototype Information
The California Zephyr. The name alone is instantly recognized as one of the most famous passenger trains in the history of North American railroading.
Said to be a "cruise train," the California Zephyr initiated service on March 20, 1949, heading eastbound to Chicago. In the first years, the CZ, as it came to be known, was the main transportation between Chicago and San Francisco, covering the 2,532 miles in just over two days, traveling "the scenic way across America." The scheduling of the CZ purposefully put it in the magnificent landscape of the Rocky Mountains and Feather River during daylight hours, much to the delight of passengers. With its breathtaking scenery outside and excellent service inside, the CZ was "the most talked about train in the country."

The CZ was jointly operated by three railroads. The Chicago Burlington & Quincy handled the train between Chicago and Denver. The Denver & Rio Grande Western operated the middle portion of the route, between Denver and Salt Lake City, and the Western Pacific carried the train between Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Each of these railroads contributed specifically lettered cars for the make-up of the train. Because of its silver stainless-steel body, all of the cars of the CZ were given a name characteristic to the western territory it traversed with a "silver" preface.

EMD F3 locomotives from all three railroads, as well as by AlCo PA and PB locomotives on the D&RGW, supplied the power for the CZ. The CB&Q operated their F3s in an A-B-A lash-up, while the WP utilized a A-B-B configuration. Needing additional power through the mountains, the D&RGW utilized the F3s in an A-B-B-A combination and the ALCos in an A-B-A arrangement.

Although the equipment used would change over the years due to ridership volume and service needs, the CB&Q-D&RGW-WP California Zephyr operated until March 22, 1970, a remarkable 21 years of service!

For additional information about the CZ, we recommend a visit to the following websites:

 

Model Features

With newly tooled cars, this set recreates the first-year consist of the CZ with eight different car types. The exact specification of car type and car name for each of the cars in the set is below. Each car will feature a silver corrugated-side body, accurate CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR lettering, blackened metal wheels and Kato semi-automatic knuckle couplers. The Observation car will feature lighted tail lights, marker lights, tail sign. The interior of each of the cars can be dramatically lighted with the optional installation of our #11-204 1-car/11-206 6-car Light Kit (sold separately).

Because of the recognition and history of the California Zephyr, this unprecedented set is sure to be coveted by railfans, rail enthusiasts and railroad historians around the world, not to mention the hobbyists modeling the CB&Q, D&RGW and WP.

It was written that the California Zephyr was "a pretty train pretty from any angle," the pinnacle of passenger railroad equipment. The Kato California Zephyr in N scale is sure to be equally impressive.


Note: Above pictures are from 1st release.

Contents
Baggage Car 1
Vista-Dome Coach 2
Vista-Dome Coach with Conductor's Room 1
Vista-Dome Buffet Lounge 1
10-6 Sleeper 3
Dining Car 1
16-Section Sleeper 1
Vista-Dome Lounge Observation 1
Coupler Trip Pins 2
UNITRACK Straight Track 248mm (9-3/4") 9
UNITRACK Straight Track with Bumper C 50.5mm (2") 1



Click here for power units.

California Zephyr 11-Car Set, MSRP $280.00.

Stock # Railroad Car Type Car Name
KAT-106-055B
Third Release Re-Release

Add to Cart for Price
Western Pacific Baggage Silver Beaver
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Vista-Dome Coach Silver Lodge
Denver & Rio Grande Western

Vista-Dome Coach

Silver Mustang
Western Pacific

Vista-Dome Coach

Silver Thistle
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome-Buffet-Lounge Silver Lounge
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Mountain
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Falls
Western Pacific Diner Silver Platter
Chicago Burlington & Quincy 16-Sec Sleeper Silver Larch
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Cliff
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Vista-Dome Observation Silver Crescent
As an added bonus, this 11-car set will include enough N scale Unitrack at no additional cost for a first-class presentation of the set on a desk or shelf when not in operation on a layout.

KAT-106-057
Fourth Release

Add to Cart for Price
Western Pacific Baggage Silver Stag
Denver & Rio Grande Western Vista-Dome Coach Silver Pony
Western Pacific

Vista-Dome Coach

Silver Sage
Chicago Burlington & Quincy

Vista-Dome Coach

Silver Lariat
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Dome-Buffet-Lounge Silver Roundup
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Range
Denver & Rio Grande Western 10-6 Sleeper Silver Summit
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Diner Silver Restaurant
Denver & Rio Grande Western 16-Sec Sleeper Silver Pine
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Bay
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Vista-Dome Observation Silver Horizon
As an added bonus, this 11-car set will include enough N scale Unitrack at no additional cost for a first-class presentation of the set on a desk or shelf when not in operation on a layout.

KAT-106-055
Second Release

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Baggage Silver Coyote
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Vista-Dome Coach Silver Bridle
Denver & Rio Grande Western

Vista-Dome Coach

Silver Colt
Western Pacific

Vista-Dome Coach

Silver Scout
Western Pacific Dome-Buffet-Lounge Silver Chalet
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 10-6 Sleeper Silver Point
Western Pacific 10-6 Sleeper Silver Surf
Denver & Rio Grande Western Diner Silver Banquet
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 16-Sec Sleeper Silver Maple
Denver & Rio Grande Western 10-6 Sleeper Silver Gorge
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Vista-Dome Observation Silver Solarium
As an added bonus, this 11-car set will include enough N scale Unitrack at no additional cost for a first-class presentation of the set on a desk or shelf when not in operation on a layout.

Back to N Scale Supply catalog page for : Kato USA



sales@nscalesupply.com