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Cool Close Coupling SP "Daylight" Passenger Cars

Kato recently released a new set of SP "Daylight" passenger cars with new numbers.

Here is some good info if you want to close couple the passenger cars without buying the Kinetmatic coupling system.

On close inspection of these cars, Kato's detailing is very crisp and close to the prototype.The paint on each car is very well done and crisp. The articulation between the articulated cars is very realistic and provides close coupling. The coupling of the single cars can be improved upon with the Kinetmatic close coupling kit which is now available. However Kato gives the modeler an opportunity to close couple cars by leaving one coupler on each car with room to shorten the coupling space.

You first remove the wheel set that is closest to the coupler. Then the coupler can be lifted up and slide one notch over to shorten the coupler distance. Reinsert the wheel set when this adjustment is completed. The closer coupling distance will limit the radii you can use with the cars if you make this modification. The turning radii should be 14 3/4" or greater. Any sharper radii will cause this closer coupling arrangement of the cars to derail.

Below are the three major SP GS-4's made in N scale.

In February of 2008, Kato USA released the most famous steam locomotive in United States railroad history, #4449, the mighty "Daylight" GS-4. The "Daylight" GS-4 #4449 was previously released in N scale by Con-Cor and Key Imports. The significance of the Kato release is it's reasonable price and well thought out design. The Kato GS-4 #4449 sold for a MSRP of $145 in 2008 and could be purchased at many online e-tailers at a price below $100. The Con-Cor GS-4 lists for $ 300 and the Key Imports GS-4 lists for $400. The Key Imports GS-4 is no longer in production and can be found on Ebay or similar auctions for prices that exceed $400. Of the three locomotives, the Kato GS-4 "Daylight" #4449 looks and performs the best of the steamers.

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