When the locomotive arrived, I thought I had made a terrible mistake...this engine is under-sized! What did Kato do?!!! Well....nothing. As I've since discovered, the prototype is noticeably and significantly shorter than a 'standard locomotive'. According to Wikipedia, it measures 3.9m / in height, compared to an SD-40-2 which measures about 4.8m/ 13'7" or a more plausible comparison to a NS 1600 class or BB 15000 which measures 4.3m / 14'. It still looks quite strange behind some rolling stock, and definitely looks a bit weird next to other locomotives.
Another interesting thing....this is a Japanese made model of a Dutch prototype based on an English version of an American-designed, Canadian manufactured locomotive. In other words, this is a locomotive created by EMD (or whatever they are called now) for the UK, and now proving quite popular all across continental Europe!
Conversion to DCC was as easy as it gets. A very straight forward removal of the shell reveals the hefty metal chassis and the NEM 651 socket (NOTE: Please read the comments if you are looking for additional information on the decoder install for this locomotive...as with many things in this hobby, not everyone has the same experience! Some others have shared their problems which are good to note!).
In sum, there's never any buyer's remorse with these Kato engines....a great price for solid value! I only wish that Kato would produce more locomotives rather than continue to produce so many that have already been well-covered by Fleischmann and Minitrix!