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The parent company of KATO, Sekisui Kinzoku Co Ltd., was established in 1957 and located in Tokyo, Japan. In 1986 KATO USA was established with its first U.S. locomotive model (the GP38-2, in N-Scale) released in 1987. Since that time, KATO has come to be known as one of the leading manufacturers of precision model railway products.

Kato produce a high quality array of European locomotives and rolling stock commissioned by Lemke in Germany. With models including German, Swiss and Dutch outline in HO and N Scale. Highlights include a TGV Thalys &, ACTS Class 66 Diesel locomotive in N Scale. Kato also produce a collection of traditional European models in HO Scale which are universally hailed for their high level of detail, craftsmanship and operation. Kato USA have produced a large range of N Scale and HO North American Outline models. All new models from Kato have been produced with Flywheel drive and are ready for DCC.

Kato U.S.A LocosIn addition to producing ready-to-run HO and N scale models, KATO also manufactures UNITRACK. UNITRACK is the finest rail and roadbed modular track system available to modellers today. With the track and roadbed integrated into a single piece, UNITRACK features a nickel-silver rail and a realistic-looking roadbed. Patented UNIJOINERS allow sections to be snapped together quickly and securely, time after time if necessary, allowing modification of the layout with ease.

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In addition to the European and USA ranges, Kato also produce a large selection of Japanese models in HO and N Scale offering steam locomotives and modern electric locomotives including the legendary Japanese Bullet trains. Included in the Japanese range is the Kato "Dio Town". Dio Town was designed for use with the UNITRACK systems and uses a common 248mm length the same as key UNITRACK items which can be placed alongside the track to form a complete town including buildings, figures and cars.

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CLICK HERE to read an interview with Hiroshi Kato.

Recent Kato Releases

Large K106-0034 Image
Kato 106-0034 - N Scale (K106-0034)
VRE F40PH Passenger Starter Set
Only 269.95
Large K106-0423 Image
Kato 106-0423 - N Scale (K106-0423)
EMD F7A/F7B Northern Pacific Locomotive Set 6012C/6012D
Only 160.00
Large K106-6173 Image
Kato 106-6173 - N Scale (K106-6173)
Gunderson MAXI-IV Double Stack Car TTX 732002
Only 100.00
Large K37-6108 Image
Kato 37-6108 - HO Scale (K37-6108)
Amtrak PhVb GE P42 Locomotive 91
Only 175.00
Kato 73327 - N Scale (K73327)
DR BR175 007-4/008-2 DMU IV
Only 435.00
Large K37-6605 Image
Kato 37-6605 - HO Scale (K37-6605)
BN EMD SD40-2 (Mid Cab Headllight) Locomotive 8023
Only 165.00
Large K176-5355 Image
Kato 176-5355 - N Scale (K176-5355)
Union Pacific EMD E9B Locomotive 962B
Only 91.00
Large K176-5354 Image
Kato 176-5354 - N Scale (K176-5354)
Union Pacific EMD E9B Locomotive 957B
Only 91.00
Large K7-504 Image
Kato 7-504 - HO Scale (K7-504)
Bright LED Coach Interior Lighting Set
Only 18.00
Large K106-6174 Image
Kato 106-6174 - N Scale (K106-6174)
Gunderson MAXI-IV Double Stack Car TTX New 765496
Only 100.00
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