Mar 7, 2020
Anyone seen any new info on 4014? I don’t see anything on KatoUSA.
They tend to be quiet about things...
This will require great patience. They've let us know it's coming. Perhaps as a means to let us quit wasting money on inferior products and to save our pennies for the masterpiece (which is a win/win for Kato and consumer). Perhaps as a courtesy to brand X so they don't waste their resources trying to compete with the King. Perhaps other..... The 20th Century Limited will likely hit the shelves before the Big Boy, and that may be a year or two away. I'm fine with all of this. I have plenty of Kato trains, but am looking forward to both. I've even downsized about 10% in anticipation of needing more space. It's all good!!
Now this is exciting!
We have been hearing a lot about this possibility for quite some time now. KATO is pretty quite while developing, however you may remember that they released info about the GS-4 and FEF along the way.
I just hope they do not try to over design the thing. IMHO, they now have an excellent operating centipede tender with the FEF unit. Also, I think they have one of, if not the best, 4-8-4 locomotive currently being made. Isn't a Big Boy, very simply thinking, just two Northerns into one. My point is I hope they stay with what has worked extremely well for them and put that knowledge into a BB. Their normal handling of details is fine with me as long as it "runs like a KATO" right out of the case. ESU option would be great!
However, I am a realist and will expect some, probably little thing, to be a problem. I am a KATO fan all the way but can not help but remember their 1st Mikado release and broken draw bars as well as the 1st release of the GS-4's with the shorting problem.
I can guarantee that when they are announced I will be 1st to post a pre-order. Can't wait!!!!
When talking to the guys from Kato at the NTS in SLC last year, Kato was working on the design and prototypes of the mechanism at the time
This is the nice thing about Kato. They take their time to get it right.
I'd love to see the Big Boy by the end of this year but betting it will be sometime in mid to late 2021. Either way, I think each Kato release has gotten better and better so hopefully this one will be as good or better than the FEF-3's out of the gate.
I think you're about a year to early on that. Kato has a lot of work to do on this (design plus tooling plus process development). I'm guessing that the 20th Century Limited will be the big release for 2021. I'm looking forward to both, but if I have to wait a while that's just fine.