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Kato Model Railroads & Trains

KATO Precision Railroad Models was established in Japan in 1957. KATO is an affiliate company of Sekisui Kinzoku Co. Ltd., founded by Hiroshi Kato. The company initially sold to its home market, but expanded into the U.S. market by selling its products under the Con-Cor and Atlas labels. In 1986, Kato established a U.S. division, KATO U.S.A., which is based in Schaumburg, Illinois. The company produces model locomotives and model train sets in HO and N scales. They also produce Unitrack, a rail and roadbed modular track system.

KATO's primary line of model railroad products are produced in N scale. They are known for their production of iconic American locomotives such as the Conrail SD8omac and the Budd RDC. The California Zephyr is one iconic train that was produced as an entire set rather than just the locomotive. These trains were selected because they all have stories behind them, which appeals to KATO's Japanese model railroad hobbyists.

All of KATO's model railroad products are manufactured in Japan. Their research and development of North American products, plus North American sales and distribution are all conducted out of the Schaumburg facility. North American models that require service are also sent to Schaumburg.


Quick Facts

  • KATO makes custom models out of its Kobo division, based in Japan. These models are hand assembled with accurate details and custom lighting
  • Many KATO models feature Digital Command Control, or DCC. This system allows model trains to be operated digitally and to be independently controlled on the same section of track. The term DCC has been trademarked by the National Model Railroad Association
  • Many hobbyists credit KATO with saving N scale model railroading by introducing a low friction propulsion system that allows N scale model trains to operate smoothly and quietly

Recommended Items at Auction

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3 x Kato Boxed N Scale Locomotives
May 30, 7:00 PM AEST
3 x Kato Boxed N Scale Locomotives
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-120 Unitrack
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-120 Unitrack
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-180 Unitrack
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-180 Unitrack
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, 3 new packs of 2-270 Unitrack.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 3 new packs of 2-270 Unitrack.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-150 Unitrack.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-150 Unitrack.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-130 Unitrack.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-130 Unitrack.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-240 Unitrack.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 4 new packs of 2-240 Unitrack.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale Unitrack system, 3-107 Quality Modular Roadbed track, NIB.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale Unitrack system, 3-107 Quality Modular Roadbed track, NIB.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, 2-270 4 new packs of Unitrack.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 2-270 4 new packs of Unitrack.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, HV5 basic oval track set, NIB
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, HV5 basic oval track set, NIB
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Kato, HO scale, 3-112 HV2 Unitrack. NIB
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Kato, HO scale, 3-112 HV2 Unitrack. NIB
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Lot of 7 Kato HO Gauge Unitrack 2-151 Feeder Track 9 ¾”. All NIP
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of 7 Kato HO Gauge Unitrack 2-151 Feeder Track 9 ¾”. All NIP
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Lot of 3 Kato HO Gauge Unitrack 2-180 Straight Track 14 ½”. All NIP
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Kato HO Gauge Unitrack 2-180 Straight Track 14 ½”. All NIP
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Lot of 3 Kato HO Gauge Unitrack 2-180 Straight Track 14 ½”. All NIP
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Kato HO Gauge Unitrack 2-180 Straight Track 14 ½”. All NIP
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Lot of 3 Kato HO Gauge 2-230 Curved Track. All NIP
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Kato HO Gauge 2-230 Curved Track. All NIP
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Lot of 5 Kato HO Gauge 2-250 Curved Track. All NIP
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of 5 Kato HO Gauge 2-250 Curved Track. All NIP
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid

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