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Kato 176-6056 - Siemens ALC-42 Charger DC Silent Amtrak (AMTK) 315 Ph VII - N Scale

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Kato 176-6056 - Siemens ALC-42 Charger DC Silent Amtrak (AMTK) 315 Ph VII - N Scale
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Prototype Information:

The Siemens’ ALC-42 “Charger” is Amtrak’s newest addition to its roster of long distance diesel locomotives, intended to replace the GE P42 in general passenger service across all of its service area.  The first ALC-42 was delivered to Amtrak on June 17, 2021 and entered revenue service on February 8, 2022 on the Empire Builder. The initial six engines from Amtrak were all designed with special paint schemes – with one receiving a “Day one” heritage paint scheme that mimes the very first Amtrak paint scheme applied to E8 #4316 in 1971.

Model Information:

Kato’s new ALC-42 “Charger” model represents the Siemens Diesel-Electric engine as it has been ordered by Amtrak long distance service. This model differs from other regional variations of the “Charger” model with an extended nose section, larger fuel tank and sandfill tank, and other internal modifications to make it better fit Amtrak’s needs for cross country travel. All of these details have been carefully and lovingly replicated on the brand new Kato model, which features totally new molding and design from the ground up.

The smooth curves of the engine are precisely modeled to match the prototype, with a visible engine compartment beneath the engine’s distinctive large grill on the side. In order to duplicate the illuminated engine compartment from the prototype model, an interior lighting kit is capable of being installed into the rear of the engine, allowing modelers to enjoy this extra lighting feature!

Model Features:

  • Equipped with body mounted KATO magnetic knuckle couplers.
  • Directional Golden White LED headlights and illuminated preprinted number boards.
  • A powerful five pole motor with all wheel electrical pickup and blackened wheels.
  • Locomotives are DCC friendly with a pre-built speaker housing space in the fuel tank.
  • Prototypical see through venting on the side of the engine which can be illuminated with the installation of an optional 11-211 Interior Lighting Kit.
  • Hybrid steel and plastic wheels give all-wheel electrical pickup with unprecedented prototype details on the visible wheel exterior.

Note: Photo might not show actual road number. Please see details for the road number.


Store Location:
P# 240 / Aisle 9B
N Scale
Road Name:
Amtrak (AMTK)
DC Silent
Road Number:
315 Ph VII
Locomotive Model:
Siemens ALC-42 Charger

Customer Reviews

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    Kato N scale Amtrak ALC-42...

    Posted by Richard Beekman on 5th Dec 2023

    I haven't had a chance to run it yet, so I can't comment on that right now. What I do want to mention is the paint job, it looks great...except for the white, the white does not have a good of coverage over the dark background colors as I would have expected, and hoped for, this includes all of the white stripes and lettering. In photos of this model in the model railroad magazines it looks a lot better.....the white coverage....than the one I received. I would have expected better from Kato on this. I am guessing that it will run fine though. The detail level of the body molding looks good, and the detail level of the trucks and wheels looks great.

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