The modern era of Kato production arrives in North America
with Atlas' 1985 release of an HO-scale Alco RS-3 manufacturered in Japan by Kato.
Con-Cor introduces a Kato driven version of EMD's SW7 diesel
switcher. The shell's tooling has its basis with the 1956 Revell line.
Kato's Unitrack was promoted by Kadee in the U.S. during the early to mid 1980s. As you'll see
in the above 1985 advertisement, Kadee inlcudes reference to Kato and its Unitrack. The ad also introduces Kato to unfamiliar
Kato enters North American market under its own name in N-scale
(1:160th) with its GP38-2 release
Kato produced HO-scale EMD F-units begin arriving from Stewart
Hobbies in North America. Stewart first delivers an F3, followed by F7 and F9 diesels featuring Kato drives and shells.
Kato enters HO-scale (1:87th) North American hobby market
under its own name with release of EMD SD40 diesel model.
EMD GP35 Phase Ia
EMD SD40 -Second Release
EMD NW2 -Phase I
EMD NW2 -Phase II
EMD GP35 -Phase Ib
ACF 70-ton Covered Hopper
Alco RS-2 and RSC-2
EMD SD40-2 -Snoot Nose
EMD GP35 -Phase Ic
Budd Business Car
EMD SD70MAC -cab headlight version
EMD SD70MAC -nose headlight version
Kato releases modified EMD F40PH diesel model as Commuter
Kato's innovative power-truck will be part of its HO-scale
GE P42DC model arriving in May 2013.
The November 1991 edition of Model Railroader features
Jim Kelly's visit to Japan and Kato's headquarters.