Dear Scale Modelers:
Late today our N Scale Buyer happened to be talking to one of Kato's distributors. Apparently Kato has announced SD70Ms in SP and CSX (2 road numbers per road).
Now for the interesting part of this announcement - There is very little inventory to go around. All distributors we communicated with, expressed dismay at the meager amount of allocated product from Kato. After calling many Distributors in the past two hours we were able to confirm, a small quantity of these engines.
We just finished a conversation with Kato and they have assured us "the quantity being sent to the distributors next week is it" they will not re-run the road numbers (and Kato will not explain why). Kato did acknowledge many distributors were short and "suggested we get confirmation from any distributor before we take orders".
One major West Coast Distributor was only allocated 12 engines! of each road number. There was a fifth item in the SD70M's an Undec. Don't even ask - they are already sold out.
So here is the detailed information as we have it as of 3:00 pm PST.
Photo by Darrell Land
Photo by Craig Walker
Call or E mail Pacific Western Rail Today to Order (866) 840-7777
Pacific Western Rail Management
Kato USA 20th Anniversary Model
N USRA 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado
Announced: Oct 19
Reservations Due By Nov 27
Available: Feb 2007
We would like to thank all of you who have been supporting Kato?s products for the last
20 years. As a 20th anniversary model, Kato has selected the USRA 2-8-2 Heavy
Mikado to celebrate this special occasion.
Orders need to be in to Pacific Western Rail before November 27th, so be sure to finish
placing any and all customer reservations by that date. Kato USA will guarantee the quantity of the order placed by Pacific Western Rail up until that date.
? Original 20th anniversary Kato locomotive paint scheme
? All detail parts factory installed
? Kato magnetic knuckle coupler on tender
? Double Heading capability