Kato 176-6122 N CHICAGO METRA MP36PH
This is Kato 176-6122 N CHICAGO METRA MP36PH #426. Manufactured by Motive Power Inc (MPI), the MP36PH is a commuter service locomotive that is utilized by regional transit agencies all across the United States and Canada. In Chicago, IL, these distinct locomotives operate on Metra train lines in "push-pull" service, running hourly commuter bi-level trains in and out of the downtown stations to serve the approximately 300,000 daily riders that use it to go to and from the surrounding suburbs.
Its key features are:
The MP36PH locomotive will use a sophisticated lightpiping and LED system to give it directional headlight and taillight functions across all six of its nose lights, as well as illuminated pre-printed numberboards for push/pull operation.
The locomotive's heavy duty five-pole motor and mechanism is designed to pull a 10 car bi-level consist up a 4% grade without the need for a traction tire.
The locomotive has a DCC friendly mechanism for easy upgrades from out-of-the-box analog control.