Kato USA 10680012 ACS-64 & AMFLEET 5-Unit W/DCC, N Scale

KatoSKU: KAT10680012

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Description

Set includes:
  • 1 Siemens ACS-64 Amtrak Locomotive #621 with TCS DCC decoder installed
  • 1 Amfleet I Coach Amtrak Phase VI #82500 - Lighted
  • 1 Amfleet I Coach Amtrak Phase VI #82605 - Lighted
  • 1 Amfleet I Coach Amtrak Phase VI #82741 - Lighted
  • 1 Amfleet I Cafe Amtrak Phase VI #48178 - Lighted
  • 7 slot bookcase that can be used to hold both this locomotive/4-car set,
    plus 2 additional cars or locomotives


The ACS-64, also known as the "Amtrak Cities Sprinter", is Amtrak's replacement
of the aging AEM-7 and HHP-8 electric locomotives for operation in the Northeast
and Keystone Corridors. Built by Siemens, and based on the EuroSprinter European
electric locomotive design, the Cities Sprinter is nonetheless a unique model to
North America and is built entirely in the United States. The Prototype, which
entered service in February 2014, is meant to pull as many as 18 Amfleet cars at
speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.


During its beginnings, Amtrak inherited
its passenger cars from other railroads. Old, steam heated and in dire need of
upgrades, Amtrak set out to replace these cars in 1973 with the purchase of the
first Amfleet cars from Budd. This initial batch of 492 cars were the Amfleet I
- with a door and vestibule on either end (unlike their single-doored
successor), these cars fell into a few different varieties but essentially broke
down into coach and dinette variants. Despite the introduction of their newer
cousins, Amfleet I's are still in use by Amtrak, primarily for shorter distance
routes.

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