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HO-Gauge - 4-6-6-4 Challenger (Oil Burner) Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0 - Union Pacific (Black)

HO-Gauge - 4-6-6-4 Challenger (Oil Burner) Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0 - Union Pacific (Black)

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The first Challengers were conceived in 1936 to replace the Union Pacific’s fleet of three-cylinder 4-12-2s (shown elsewhere in this catalog). With a 50 mph top speed, the 4-12-2s had been the road’s primary fast freight engines when built in 1926. But a decade later they were considered slow and difficult to maintain. So American Locomotive Works (ALCO) was commissioned to build what became one of the most successful fleets of articulated engines on any railroad. Forty Challengers were built in the 1930s. The pressure of wartime traffic brought an order for 65 more of these 70 mph greyhounds in 1942-44, with improvements based on lessons learned from the UP’s 4-8-8-4 Big Boys. In service, the Challengers often complemented the Big Boys, speeding traffic over less rugged territory and handing it over to the Big Boys for the passage over Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

The Challengers were steam power at its zenith. They incorporated all the technology that represented super-power steam, including roller bearings on all axles and drive rods — but none of the foolishness that characterized some of the desperate efforts to save steam in the post-war years. While most Challengers hauled freight, a number were assigned to passenger service in the Pacific Northwest, where they were converted to oil burners, equipped with smoke lifters (“wind wings” in UP parlance), and painted two-tone gray in 1946.

It was in a roundabout way that six Challengers ordered by the UP ended up hauling coal for the Clinchfield Railroad. In the midst of World War II, the War Production Board refused the Rio Grande’s request to order new articulateds of its own design and instead diverted the last six Challengers in UP’s order to the D&RGW — which turned up its nose at the locos and decided to lease them for the duration and return them after the war. In 1947, the War Assets Administration sold the orphan locos to the Atlantic Coast Line and Louisville & Nashville Railroads, which put the Challengers to work on their jointly-owned subsidiary, the Clinchfield, Carolina & Ohio. Thus six engines intended to speed over western deserts and mountains ended up thundering through Appalachia.

M.T.H. returns the Challenger in oil burning versions and a new technology package offering for those who prefer the AC 3-Rail Marlkin standard. While ours is not the first HO model of this massive prototype, we believe it is certainly the best, equipped with authentic articulated sounds, including the front and rear engines going in and out of sync; actual UP whistle sounds, which can be “quilled,” just as a real engineer “plays” the whistle control; die-cast construction and optional traction tires for pulling power to match the prototype; slow-speed capability down to a steady 3 scale miles per hour; and dozens of added-on metal detail parts.
Features
Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis
Die-Cast Tender Body
Authentic Paint Scheme
Engineer and Fireman Figures
Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
Decorative Metal Whistle
RP25 Metal Wheels
Interchangeable RP25 Metal Drive Wheels w/o Traction Tires
Sprung Drivers
(2) #158 Scale Kadee Whisker Couplers
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Constant Voltage Headlight
Lighted Cab Interior
Operating Tender Back-up Light
Powerful 5-Pole Precision Flywheel Equipped Skew-Wound Motor
Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke® System
Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
Wireless Drawbar
1:87 Scale Proportions
Operates On Code 70, 83 and 100 Track

Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won't have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.

When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:

(F0) Headlight on/off
(F1) Bell on/off
(F2) Whistle/Horn on/off
(F3) Start-up/Shut-down
(F4) PFA initiate and advance
(F5) Cab Light on/off
(F6) Engine Sounds on/off
(F7) Volume low, med, high, off
(F8) Smoke on/off
(F9) Forward Signal Sound
(F10) Reverse Signal Sound
(F11) Coupler Slack Sound
(F12) Grade Crossing
(F13) One-Shot Doppler on/off
(F14) Extended Start Up
(F15) Extended Shut Down
(F16) Labor Chuff
(F17) Drift Chuff
(F18) Smoke Volume low, med, high
(F19) Single short whistle toot
(F20) Coupler Close
(F21) Feature Reset
(F22) Idle Sequence 1
(F23) Idle Sequence 2
(F24) Idle Sequence 3
(F25) Idle Sequence 4
(F26) Brakes auto/off
(F27) Cab Chatter auto/off
(F28) Clickety-Clack auto/off
With The Digital Command System Featuring: Quillable Whistle w/Freight Yard Proto-Effects
Unit Measures:15 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 1 9/16”
Operates On 18" Radius Curves

80-3247-1

1 in stock

$649.95

$549.99

HO-Gauge - 4-6-6-4 Challenger (Oil Burner) Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0 - Union Pacific (Two-Tone Gray w/White Stripe)

HO-Gauge - 4-6-6-4 Challenger (Oil Burner) Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0 - Union Pacific (Two-Tone Gray w/White Stripe)

The first Challengers were conceived in 1936 to replace the Union Pacific's fleet of three-cylinder 4-12-2s (shown elsewhere in this catalog). With a 50 mph top speed, the 4-12-2s had been the road's primary fast freight engines when built in 1926. But a decade later they were considered slow and difficult to maintain. So American Locomotive Works (ALCO) was commissioned to build what became one of the most successful fleets of articulated engines on any railroad. Forty Challengers were built in the 1930s. The pressure of wartime traffic brought an order for 65 more of these 70 mph greyhounds in 1942-44, with improvements based on lessons learned from the UP's 4-8-8-4 Big Boys. In service, the Challengers often complemented the Big Boys, speeding traffic over less rugged territory and handing it over to the Big Boys for the passage over Utah's Wasatch Mountains.

The Challengers were steam power at its zenith. They incorporated all the technology that represented super-power steam, including roller bearings on all axles and drive rods - but none of the foolishness that characterized some of the desperate efforts to save steam in the post-war years. While most Challengers hauled freight, a number were assigned to passenger service in the Pacific Northwest, where they were converted to oil burners, equipped with smoke lifters ("wind wings" in UP parlance), and painted two-tone gray in 1946.

It was in a roundabout way that six Challengers ordered by the UP ended up hauling coal for the Clinchfield Railroad. In the midst of World War II, the War Production Board refused the Rio Grande's request to order new articulateds of its own design and instead diverted the last six Challengers in UP's order to the D&RGW - which turned up its nose at the locos and decided to lease them for the duration and return them after the war. In 1947, the War Assets Administration sold the orphan locos to the Atlantic Coast Line and Louisville & Nashville Railroads, which put the Challengers to work on their jointly-owned subsidiary, the Clinchfield, Carolina & Ohio. Thus six engines intended to speed over western deserts and mountains ended up thundering through Appalachia.

M.T.H. returns the Challenger in oil burning versions and a new technology package offering for those who prefer the AC 3-Rail Marlkin standard. While ours is not the first HO model of this massive prototype, we believe it is certainly the best, equipped with authentic articulated sounds, including the front and rear engines going in and out of sync; actual UP whistle sounds, which can be "quilled," just as a real engineer "plays" the whistle control; die-cast construction and optional traction tires for pulling power to match the prototype; slow-speed capability down to a steady 3 scale miles per hour; and dozens of added-on metal detail parts.
Features
Die-Cast Boiler and Tender Body
Die-Cast Metal Chassis
Die-Cast Truck Sides
Authentic Paint Scheme & Cab Numbers
RP-25 Metal Wheels Mounted On Metal Axles
Operating Lighted Marker Lights
Constant Voltage Headlight
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Detailed Truck Sides
Detailed Cab Interior
Powerful Balanced 12-Volt 5-Pole Precision Skew-Wound Flywheel Equipped Motor
Wireless Drawbar w/Close Coupling Option
(2) Scale Operating Kadee Couplers
Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
Decorative Metal Whistle
Removable Smoke Deflector
Sprung Drive Wheels
Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoker System
Locomotive Speed Control
Locomotive Cab To Tender Deck Plate
Detailed Tender Undercarriage
Real Coal Load
Operating Tender Back-up Light
Interchangeable Traction Tire-Equipped Drive Wheels
On-Board DCC Receiver
Operates On Code 70, 83, & 100 Rail Curves

Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won't have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.

When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:


(F0) Headlight on/off
(F1) Bell on/off
(F2) Whistle/Horn on/off
(F3) Start-up/Shut-down
(F4) PFA initiate and advance
(F5) Cab Light on/off
(F6) Engine Sounds on/off
(F7) Volume low, med, high, off
(F8) Smoke on/off
(F9) Forward Signal Sound
(F10) Reverse Signal Sound
(F11) Coupler Slack Sound
(F12) Grade Crossing
(F13) One-Shot Doppler on/off
(F14) Extended Start Up
(F15) Extended Shut Down
(F16) Labor Chuff
(F17) Drift Chuff
(F18) Smoke Volume low, med, high
(F19) Single short whistle toot
(F20) Coupler Close
(F21) Feature Reset
(F22) Idle Sequence 1
(F23) Idle Sequence 2
(F24) Idle Sequence 3
(F25) Idle Sequence 4
(F26) Brakes auto/off
(F27) Cab Chatter auto/off
(F28) Clickety-Clack auto/off

Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Passenger Station Proto-Effects

Unit Measures:15 3/8" x 1 3/8" x 1 9/16"
Operates On 18" Radius Curves

80-3200-1

1 in stock

$649.95

$549.99

HO-Gauge - Erie (Black) - 2-8-8-8-2 Triplex Steam Engine - Proto-Sound 3E+ - Cab No. 5014

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HO-Gauge - Erie (Black) - 2-8-8-8-2 Triplex Steam Engine - Proto-Sound 3E+ - Cab No. 5014

Product Features:
Die-Cast Boiler and Tender Body
Die-Cast Metal Chassis
Authentic Paint Scheme & Cab Numbers
Operating Lighted Marker Lights
Constant Voltage Headlight
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Detailed Truck Sides
Detailed Cab Interior
Powerful Balanced 12-Volt 5-Pole Precision Skewed Flywheel Equipped Motor
(2) Kadee Compatible Scale Couplers
Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
Decorative Metal Whistle
Sprung Drive Wheels
Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoker System
Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
Locomotive Cab To Tender Deck Plate
Engineer and Fireman Figures
Detailed Tender Undercarriage
Real Coal Load
Interchangeable Traction Tire-Equipped Drive Wheels
On-Board DCC Receiver
Operates On Code 70, 83, & 100 Rail Curves
NEM 340 1.2mm Metal Flange Wheels Mounted On Metal Axles
(2) NEM 360 Operating Couplers
Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won't have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.

When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:

(F0) Headlight on/off
(F1) Bell on/off
(F2) Whistle/Horn on/off
(F3) Start-up/Shut-down
(F4) PFA initiate and advance
(F5) Cab Light on/off
(F6) Engine Sounds on/off
(F7) Volume low, med, high, off
(F8) Smoke on/off
(F9) Forward Signal Sound
(F10) Reverse Signal Sound
(F11) Coupler Slack Sound
(F12) Grade Crossing
(F13) One-Shot Doppler on/off
(F14) Extended Start Up
(F15) Extended Shut Down
(F16) Labor Chuff
(F17) Drift Chuff
(F18) Smoke Volume low, med, high
(F19) Single short whistle toot
(F20) Coupler Close
(F21) Feature Reset
(F22) Idle Sequence 1
(F23) Idle Sequence 2
(F24) Idle Sequence 3
(F25) Idle Sequence 4
(F26) Brakes auto/off
(F27) Cab Chatter auto/off
(F28) Clickety-Clack auto/off
Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Quillable Whistle With Freight Yard Proto-Effects
Unit Measures:18 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 2 5/16"
Only Operates On HO (3-rail) Stud Track (ie: Marklin C or K Track)
Operates On R3 (515mm) Radius Curves

80-3199-5

1 in stock

$679.95

$399.99

HO-Gauge - Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 J Steam Locomotive

HO-Gauge - Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 J Steam Locomotive

A visit to the Norfolk & Western in the early 1950s was like a scene from Jurassic Park: prehistoric beasts romping in their natural mountain habitat. At a time when other roads were letting their remaining steam engines rot away and giving them minimal service in dirty, dingy, soon-to-close facilities, the N&W was still running a first-class steam operation and even building new power. With its main line through some of the nation's richest coalfields, it was still betting on the future of steam; as late as 1955, the N&W didn't roster a single diesel. The majority of traffic was handled by what N&W fans call the "holy trinity of steam": the massive Y6 2-8-8-2; the articulated greyhound Class A; and the N&W's glamour girl, the streamlined Class J.


The Class J 4-8-4 was an engine of quiet superlatives. Handsome, powerful (5100 hp), and, as a test on the Pennsylvania Railroad proved, capable of hauling 15 cars at 110 mph, it was designed and styled not by one of the big three builders (ALCo, Baldwin, and Lima) or a famous designer like Raymond Loewy or Henry Dreyfuss, but by the N&W's home-grown team of designers and craftsmen at the road's Roanoke, Virginia shops. For power and quick acceleration through mountainous territory, and to make room for the largest possible boiler, they equipped the streamlined J with 70" drivers - unusually small for a 4-8-4 and fully 10" smaller than the Southern Pacific's Daylight GS-4 of the same wheel arrangement.


Built in several groups between 1941 and 1950, a mere fourteen J's were able to handle 80% of the N&W's passenger traffic, because their designers addressed one of steam power's key weaknesses: down time for maintenance and repairs. Equipped with Timken roller bearings on all axles and rods, Timken-designed lightweight pistons and rods, and an automatic lubrication system that reached more than 200 points including the bell bearings, the Js were designed to go a quarter-million miles between scheduled shop visits. Like a race car, they were engineered for quick pit stops: in less than an hour, a J could be fully serviced, lubricated, filled with coal and water and ready for its next dash over the road's 676-mile main line between Norfolk and Cincinnati, hauling the deluxe daylight Powhatan Arrow or the overnight Pocahontas.


New for 2009, our N&W J will be more fun to operate than any previous version of this magnificent locomotive, with its N&W whistle, passenger station announcements, synchronized chuff and puffing smoke, and speed control so smooth you won't spill the water in the diner. For more information on our superbly detailed model and its prototype, including surviving J No. 611, visit www.mthHOtrains.com.
Features

Die-Cast Boiler and Tender Body
Die-Cast Metal Chassis
Authentic Paint Scheme & Cab Numbers
RP-25 Metal Wheels Mounted On Metal Axles
Operating Lighted Marker Lights
Constant Voltage Headlight
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Detailed Truck Sides
Detailed Cab Interior
Powerful 12 Volt Balanced 5-Pole Flywheel Equipped Motor
(2) Kadee Compatible Scale Couplers
Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
Decorative Metal Whistle
Sprung Drive Wheels
Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoker System
Locomotive Speed Control
Locomotive Cab To Tender Deck Plate
Detailed Tender Undercarriage
Interchangeable Traction Tire-Equipped Drive Wheels
On-Board DCC Receiver
Operates On Code 70, 83, & 100 Rail Curves


Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won't have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.


When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:

(F0) Headlight on/off
(F1) Bell on/off
(F2) Whistle/Horn on/off
(F3) Start-up/Shut-down
(F4) PFA initiate and advance
(F5) Cab Light on/off
(F6) Engine Sounds on/off
(F7) Volume low, med, high, off
(F8) Smoke on/off
(F9) Forward Signal Sound
(F10) Reverse Signal Sound
(F11) Coupler Slack Sound
(F12) Grade Crossing
(F13) One-Shot Doppler on/off
(F14) Extended Start Up
(F15) Extended Shut Down
(F16) Labor Chuff
(F17) Drift Chuff
(F18) Smoke Volume low, med, high
(F19) Single short whistle toot
(F20) Coupler Close
(F21) Feature Reset
(F22) Idle Sequence 1
(F23) Idle Sequence 2
(F24) Idle Sequence 3
(F25) Idle Sequence 4
(F26) Brakes auto/off
(F27) Cab Chatter auto/off
(F28) Clickety-Clack auto/off
Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Quillable Whistle With Passenger Station Proto-Effects
Unit Measures:15 3/8" x 1 1/2" x 2 1/4"
Operates On 18" Radius Curves

80-3150-1

1 in stock

$499.99

$419.99

HO-Gauge - Pennsylvania - 4-6-2 K-4s Steam Engine - Proto-Sound 3.0

HO-Gauge - Pennsylvania - 4-6-2 K-4s Steam Engine - Proto-Sound 3.0

Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis
Die-Cast Tender Body
Authentic Paint Scheme
Real Tender Coal Load
Die-Cast Locomotive Trucks
Engineer and Fireman Figures
Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
Decorative Metal Whistle
RP25 Metal Wheels
Interchangeable RP25 Metal Drive Wheels w/o Traction Tires
Sprung Drivers
Operating Kadee Compatible Remote Controlled Proto-Coupler
(2) #158 Scale Kadee Whisker Couplers
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Constant Voltage Headlight
Operating Firebox Glow
Lighted Cab Interior
Operating Tender Back-up Light
Powerful 5-Pole Precision Flywheel Equipped Skew-Wound Motor
Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoker System
Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
Wireless Drawbar w/Close Coupling Option
Operates On Code 70, 83 and 100 Track
1:87 Scale Proportions

80-3237-1

1 in stock

$499.95

$449.99

HO-Gauge - Pennsylvania 4-6-2 K-4s Steam Engine #8

HO-Gauge - Pennsylvania 4-6-2 K-4s Steam Engine #8

On perhaps the greatest railroad ever, no steam locomotive was more revered than the legendary Pennsylvania K-4s Pacific. Evolving from a program begun in 1914 to develop heavy freight and passenger classes utilizing common boiler designs, the K-4s was an instant success. From 1917 to 1928, a total of 425 units were built at the Juanita and Baldwin Shops.

The 4-6-2 K-4s became the Pennsylvania's principal passenger hauler, possessing a consummate blend of speed and power. Often double headed on east coast limiteds in front of a Pullman consist, the K-4s was a common and beautiful sight on the Pennsylvania's rails, and became synonymous with that railroad's steam power.

Later, after World War II concluded, the Pennsy's needs changed and the K-4's appearance underwent a series of changes to better serve those needs. The most apparent changes showed up on the 1947 Postwar or Modern version of the K-4 and included a solid drop-coupler pilot, repositioned boiler front headlight and the addition of a steam generator below the headlight.

M.T.H. Electric Trains is proud to return the Prewar 1927 version and an all-new 1947 Postwar rendition of this magnificent steam locomotive to life in all die-cast construction. Featuring all of the craftsmanship and detail that make an M.T.H. steam locomotive the industry's best value, your K-4s will quickly find a home on your layout or in your collection for years to come.

Did You Know?

No. 1737 was the first K-4 produced for the Pennsylvania Railroad. No. 1361, formerly displayed at Horseshoe Curve currently resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania and is being rebuilt at Steamtown.

20-80007E

1 in stock

$299.99