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Buyer's Guide to Toy Train Locomotives From the pages of Classic Toy Trains

Magazine - 1990-2000

Compiled and condensed by Ray

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Plummer, Ray

L.

Buyer's guide to toy train locomotives 2001

:

from

the pages of Classic Toy Trains magazine, 1990-2000 /

compiled and condensed by Ray p.

L.

Plummer.



cm.

Includes index. ISBN 0-89778-473-1 1.

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Collectors II.

Title.

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collecting.

Art director: Kristi layout:

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Models Plummer, Ray L.

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Title: Classic toy trains.

TF197.G73 2001

Book

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625.F9 QBI01-700021

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Linda Wen/el

1st ed.

Contents

4

Introduction What's included; what's not General notes about the guide

About the reviews

Overview of the decade

6

Notable recent and future locomotive releases

8

gauge

diesel locomotives

gauge steam locomotives gauge Other

electric locomotives

121

gauge motive power

131

Retro reviews: Eight Lionel

gauge locomotives

135

Index to

gauge locomotives

140

Index to

gauge locomotives by manufacturer

142

Introduction ally

What's included; what's not

production models; however, on

occasion This book contains condensed prod-

we

uct reviews for even' piece of three-rail

graph, and

O gauge motive power that appeared

ferent

in Classic Toy Trains

magazine and

its

website from 1991 through 2000. It is

focused on motive power that

was offered for individual sale only; therefore, train sets are not included,

nor are trolley cars and the so-called "motorized units," which were not designed to pull a train.

Road names

listed are

those that

appeared in the magazine Over time manufacturers gen-

receive preproduction or

early-production samples to photoso, cab numbers may be diffrom those on the production

models.

The condensed reviews reflect comments made at the time the review was written and evaluate the product sample we had in-house. Subsequent releases may have been improved. Also, manufacturers have made tremendous improvements in general over the past 10 years. Sound is better, detail and smoke is more What was a fine model 10 ago may not hold up well against

originally

painting are improved,

reviews.

copious.

erally release the

ety of

same model

in a vari-

road names. Check manufac-

turer catalogs, magazine ads,

and

price

guides for additional road names.

The

reviews are divided into four

major categories: Diesel, Electric, Steam, and Other. Each category is organized according to locomotive type or classification. That is, Hudsons, Northerns, F units, GGls, etc.,

current standards. Be sure to note

when

the original review was written by

looking at the bottom of the page.

Take this into account when making a purchasing decision. Finally, the prices

suggested are

whenever possible, from Greenberg pocket price guides: Lionel, Flyer, MTH, Marx. For other manufactaken,

mod-

turers,

we consulted ads

facilitate

Trains,

auction reports, eBay, and club

are positioned next to like

by other manufacturers to easy comparison. els

years

For the sake of further comparison

newsletters. In

all

in Classic Toy

cases, prices

be considered "ballpark"

should

only. In addi-

you should attend shows,

with well-known products, eight classic

tion,

Lionel postwar locomotives - three

your local hobby shop, or consult with

diesels,

one

electric,

and four steamers

- were tested under the same conditions

and

criteria

used for the new

engines. These "RetroReviews" appear at the

end of the

visit

a knowledgeable collector. In cases where features are optional (sound, smoke, etc.), the price given generally reflects the "fully

loaded" model.

listings.

About the reviews General notes about the guide

The locomotives reviewed

Some

roster

numbers

in the listings

from photos that accompanied the CTT reviews. These are usu-

are taken

Toy Trains

in Classic

Magazine (and now,

pages of the Buyer's Guide Locomotives,)

to

in the

Toy Train

undergo the same

thorough

set

of

tests

on

model

way

their

the pages of the magazine.

visually inspected for loose or

is

missing parts or

damage

rough handling during shipping. run,

We

it is

from

resulting

passes that phase of testing, it is

one CTT staff member runs the locomotive - with a train behind it least

to

the

First,

If

it

and before

photographed. it according

then lubricate

and run

it

in at

ates

At

it

quantitative testing begins. First

is

comes

entire circuit of the layout without stalling.

The

that point

(distance

voltage level

is

recorded

at

and a mathematical formula

vs.

time)

is

applied to deter-

mine the locomotive's

The locomotive

is

then run,

first at

Time and

is

tested using (as applicable)

four power sources: a postwar Lionel

transformer

TrainMaster

and

is

each locomotive's power (meas-

ured

at the

or, in

And

only time an

is

to ask a techni-

the case of poor per-

a manufacturer magazine is not a consideration in selection of products to be reviewed. The key determining factor is whether or not the product is judged to be of significant interest to some poradvertises in the

tion of the magazine's readership.

There are only two caveats that need be made regarding these reviews:

certain elements of a review may be subjective (color, sound, etc.); and second, the product you own is different from the specific product we

and

so,

there

may be

differ-

ences in both appearance and per-

formance. Usually those differences

be minor. take seriously the responsibility

effort to ensure that

consistent

make

every

our reviews are

and helpful

hope they are helpful

as possible.

slip) is

measured using an

all this

testing

is

completed,

to you.

-Dick Christianson Editor-in-Chief at

as

We

point where the wheels

electronic digital force meter.

When

The

of reviewing products and

for drawbar

pull;

begin to

published.

it is

question

We

Power 027. The engine is also test-run on a variety of tracks, including both tubular and solid rail. final technical test

magazine.

representing the quality of the product.

will

MRC Dual The

cal

review,

(KW or ZW), a Z-4000, Command Control or con-

ventional (with PowerHouse),

at all in the

first,

dis-

tance are again measured. Each loco-

motive

before

to

volts.

be

will

they are never allowed to see a review

slowest consis-

tent (crawl) speed.

12 and then at 18

per-

it

Whether or not

we reach the point engine is able to make an

applied until

where the

how

formance or mechanical problem, to request a second sample to avoid mis-

the slow-speed test during which volt-

age

mentioned

ing a product review

negoti-

point the qualitative and

this

layout to see

editor contacts a manufacturer regard-

speed, listening for squeaks or other

and observe how well curves and switches.

home

simply announced, reviewed, or even

moderate

noises,

his

advance whether their product to

manufacturer specifications or instructions. With the locomotive appropriately oiled and lubed, we put it on our test track

on

forms under load and under the normal home-layout-operating conditions. Manufacturers are not notified in

Kalmbach Books

Overview of the decade Over the past 10 years there has been a emphasis from toy train collecting to toy train operating. According to shift in

Classic Toy Trains'

reader surveys, in

and

quality of

new products have kept pace

with the growing expectations

1990 about 70 percent of the respondents considered themselves to be collectors

Without getting into the question of which came first, both the quantity and

operators; about 15 percent

claimed to be exclusively operators and

demands of hi-rail

trains are better looking (tending in

the direction of scale proportion

new

15 percent said they were collectors.

(incorporating

precision engineering

decade

where about 70 percent consider themselves to be both and 20 to a point

percent are

now

Some

of the younger

came in as operators - they move over from the ranks of

hobbyists didn't

those

who were

collectors

first.

That's a

healthy sign. Part of this trend can be attributed to the lessening of

childhood nostalgia

Most new entrants

years ago.

tions that have long attracted scale

life,

railroaders

- creating a

slice

They sound

often

better too,

audio components on board.

The decade also gave birth to several new electronic control systems to enhance operation by making the model trains behave more prototypically;

manufacturers have also devel-

oped

at least

of

being in control of a perfect world

That can be a heavy motivation, and it is a lot better for the in miniature.

three very realistic

new

track systems.

"Competition" was the operative

word

under age 40 probably didn't play with O gauge toy trains as children. They came to the hobby for many of the same reasons, challenges, and gratifica-

model

and construc-

tion) than their counterparts

as a motivating factor leading to entry

into the hobby.

technologies with

thanks to miniaturization and digital

primarily operator,

with 10 percent claiming to be primarily collector.

and

super detailing) and better running

The balance

shifted during the

and

operators. Today's

in the 1990s.

It

was responsible

not only for lowering prices

(slightly)

but also for most of the major innovations seen during the decade. There were many changes, and most of them were for the better. That gigantic nostalgia factory at

Chesterfield (formerly

Mount

Clemens), Michigan - i.e., Lionel Trains L.L.C. - was forced to redefine mission and rethink

hobby's future than trying to recapture

its

the past.

several times during the decade, as the

its

objectives

competition, which had only been nip-

ping at

its

heels,

moved higher up

corporate anatomy. For the

first

the

time

more than 20 years, Lionel actually came out with some totally new locoin

Weaver entered the three-rail market from the two-rail scale arena. Many Weaver models are available both ways. Third Rail came on very strong with big, super-detailed brass locomotives.

motive models - not just reruns of past glories with

new and

exciting paint

jobs. Lionel's pricing policies,

which

had been driven for years by middleaged collectors in search of their lost youth,

had

to turn to other criteria

Atlas entered the its

and

were not necessarily dictated by what the traffic could bear. Lionel faltered for a few years, but re-emerged swinging. The strongest contender for Lionel's throne literally came from nowhere in establish price points that

O gauge field from

HO. Two locomotive manufacturers/ established base in

importers dropped from the scene

during the decade - Red Caboose and Right-of-Way Industries. So, the last

decade of the century among the most

certainly has to rank

exciting

from the point of view of toy com-

train fans: lots of choices, lots of

petition, lots of interest.

interesting to see

if

It will

be

the next decade

is

1990 to become the giant's only head-

even bigger and better for the three-

to-head competition as the decade

rail fraternity.

closed. field

MTH aggressively covered the

and deluged the market with

good-looking, operator-friendly loco-

motives in two price ranges, both of which were lower than Lionel's. Long-time manufacturer Williams methodically continued to produce reasonably priced (comparatively speaking) basic scale and scale-like

models that ran well. Williams also began to offer new models as well. K-Line evolved from toy-like sets into some excellent scale pieces, a major shift in direction.

- Ray

L.

Plummer

Notable recent and future locomotive releases The

last

decade of the twentieth century was

toy train hobbyists.

Some remarkable

detail,

and variety of offerings.

If

ments are an indication of what's byists in the

new millennium, the

good one

made

great

enhancements, scale

recent product announcein store for

toy train hob-

future looks bright. The

next 15 pages give you a glimpse of what's recently been released or

is

soon to be released.

for

locomotives were

brought to the market, and manufacturers strides in quality control, electronic

a

BB

Em:

.tit*

Amtrak AEM7

When

It's

gauge AEM7,they

Atlas introduced their

the toy train bar

in

terms of scale detail on

perfect scale in height

detail, including

46 grab

and a two-man crew.

It

and length and

irons!

raised

a plastic

is

model.

loaded with

The engine has two cabs

carries rear-view mirrors, five-

chime horns, and loads of rooftop wiring. Decoration superb (available undecorated too), and for

MARC

Minimum

or SEPTA; as an

ALP44

it's

it

comes

is

lettered

lettered for NJ Transit.

curve diameter for the locomotive

is

0-42

(its

passenger cars require 0-54, however). The engine weighs in

at 4

motor.

pounds, 14 ounces and Its

low-end speed

high-end speed exceeds pull,

the electric

came

review on page 122.

is 1

is

powered by

high at 41

a single can

.6 scale

mph, and

its

25 scale mph. As for drawbar

in at a

respectable 2.2 pounds. See

K-Line

i-Kiilii ililililalliillii Southern

Pacific

GS-4

Scheduled for a winter 2000/2001 release, K-Line's streamlined

GS-4 features

a die-cast boiler, chassis,

and tender;

all

kinds of lighting features, including operating Mars light

and illuminated

firebox;

smoke;

interior cab detail

and

engineer; metal handrails and ladders; flywheel; and

worm-gear marker

drive. The

lights

and

accompanying tender has operating

rear directional lights,

The locomotive features

ing unit, Lionel RailSounds digital sound,

Command black

lots of detail.

and TrainMaster

Control. K-Line's highly detailed red, orange,

model promises

real predecessor.

10

and

a three-position electronic revers-

to live

up to the standards set by

and its

Rio

Grande PA-1 AA

Another winter release

is

this streamlined racehorse

AA

of Alco locomotives (also available in

PRR

Measuring more than 30 inches long,

this beautiful pair

set

livery).

features dual vertical motors with brass flywheels; threeposition electronic reversing unit (linking both units);

eight-wheel drive; Lionel RailSounds digital sound; TrainMaster

Command

trucks, pilot, couplers,

rotating roof fans,

Control; metal chassis; die-cast

and

fuel tank; lighting features,

opening cab doors, engineer, and more.

Matching extruded aluminum passenger car sets have also

been announced.

11

Amtrak F40PH Anyone who has ridden

or seen an

Amtrak

train during the

past 25 years will recognize this workhorse diesel locomotive.

Now

power

K-Line brings this stalwart to

line.

Equipped with dual

vertical

its

growing motive

motors with brass

flywheels, a three-position electronic reversing unit, Lionel

RailSounds digital control, and TrainMaster Control, this

able

in

baby should be

New Jersey Transit

Command

a great performer. Also avail-

livery,

the engine features oper-

ating metal couplers; die-cast trucks, pilot, and fuel tank;

operating running

lights, headlights, ditch lights,

and num-

ber boards. Lots of additional detail will be found on this

model, announced to be available spring.

12

Matching passenger cars

this past

will also

winter or

be produced.

Lionel

The Challenger This past fall Lionel their

Union

Pacific Challenger.

the Joshua Lionel ited

announced production of what may be

most ambitious model

Cowen

to date: a die-cast 4-6-6-4

The

first in

Series,

quantities.The locomotive

3985 engine

in

it

is

what they

will

are calling

be available

in

lim-

being offered as the no.

3977

black with coal tender and no.

"Greyhound" (gray with yellow striping) with

oil

tender.

Features include the Odyssey System; die-cast boiler,

frame, and tender.

It's

TMCC equipped, and

features a high

torque Pittman motor, articulated RailSounds with Crew Talk,

TowerCom, and DynaChuff, Multi-Whistle, wireless

tether, traction tires,

and

promises to have

the bells and whistles.

all

a lot more. In short, this

and negotiates 0-72 curves.The 3985 three-rail version only; no.

3977

will

will

It's

model

32" long

be offered

be offered

in

in a

both

two- and three-rail.

13

&&&

N&W A class, 2-6-6-4 Released

in

2000, the Norfolk

created quite a

stir.

& Western

A-Class 2-6-6-4

The model of this big coal-burning,

coal-hauling loco weighs

in

at a

whopping 16 pounds, 9

ounces and measures more than 30 inches from coupler to coupler.

backup

It

features illuminated headlight up front and a

light

illuminated,

on the tender; the number boards are also

and add-on illuminated marker

of the package.Tooling tion

is

exquisite.

counterpart!

and

14

is

pull

It

excellent

Performance

mph and

speed of 1 3.4 scale

mph. Drawbar

is

is

also

is

excellent with a crawl

a top

speed of 60.4 scale

almost as good as

comes with

RailSounds-equipped.

lights are part

and the paint applica-

its

"real-thing"

a powerful

smoke

unit

Marx

Park Avenue Trolley

From the modern tinplate world of Marx trains comes no. 5200, Park Avenue Trolley. The

little

lithographed beauty

is

motorized (one direction only) and features headlight,

overhead pole, and lithographed interior details. The Park

Avenue

will

be available

in

three color combinations:

maroon and cream, blue and cream, and green and cream. The perfect connector for use on urban and Park

Avenue

carries a

suggested

retail price

rural lines,

the

of $129.95

plus shipping.

15

Marlines 0-4-0 tinplate locomotive Rolling

down

the tinplate

rails

comes the unmistakably

red no. 8401 Marlines 0-4-0 locomotive. With

its

crisply

lithographed boiler and spotlight tender, this beauty catch the eye of

Marx

the Marlines name, the is

1

940s and

'50s.

collectors.

Suggested

will

they'll easily identify

made famous on Marx

$249.95 plus shipping.

16

And

retail for

locomotives

the

little

in

steamer

MTH

New Haven Rectifier Now here's an unusual

locomotive that, not surprisingly,

bears a resemblance to the postwar Lionel Virginian rectifier.

Both had the

same prototype

postwar version was built as a

parent, but Lionel's

child's toy,

model was

built to satisfy today's adult

new model

features illuminated

marker is

lights;

the headlight

is

while the

MTH

expectations.The

number boards and

directional.

The locomotive

festooned with detail: grab irons, door and hinge detail,

see-through screens; engineer and fireman; and add-on

wiper blades.The frame

is

sheet metal, and the trucks and

couplers are die-cast. Paint

comes decorated

is

nicely applied.The

for Conrail also.The 5

model, available with ProtoSound,

speed scale

is

15.2 scale

mph, and

its

mph. With two can motors

is

a

good runner: low

high-end speed it's

model

pound, 5 ounce

is

122

a terrific puller;

draw-

bar pull tops out at 3 pounds, 6 ounces. See complete

review

in

March 2000

CTT.

17

Amtrak F59 In

the race to be

introducing

The

its

futuristic

first off

Premier

the blocks,

line

this one, in

2000.

model does an excellent job of mimicking

the prototype with

its

gently sloping nose, see-through

screens, mirrors, grab irons,

model

MTH won

gauge Amtrak F59

and windshield arms.The

also features illuminated headlights, ditch lights,

marker

lights,

and number boards.Two crew members run

the model from inside the illuminated cab. Detail

is

quite

nice.The trucks, couplers, and pilot are die-cast.The locomotive, a good runner, negotiates 0-31 curves, has a low-

end speed of 20.7 scale

mph. Drawbar you'll

18

pull

is

mph and

a top

speed of 79.6 scale

about 3 pounds, probably more than

ever need to pull a passenger train.

Third Rail

Pennsy Nls-class Santa Fe-type 2-10-2 Third Rail has

done an exceptional job commemorating the

giants of western

steam power: the UP Big Boy and SP

Cab-Forward, for instance. But

many

of their most inter-

esting products celebrate the eastern giant: the Pennsy. This N1

s

model

is

certainly a "looker." She's also a

good

runner. The engine features scale detail, a point of pride

with Third plate,

Rail.

On the

front there's a readable

number

operating headlight, and twin grab irons.

And

work your way back to the cab, you'll see that the

as you

detail

continues: simulated turbine, bell, builder's plates (also readable); the cab features three-dimensional instruments

and controls, and red-painted valve handles.This high of detail continues onto the tender. This big

minimum

level

baby requires

a

of 0-72 curves. Engine performance matches

engine appearance.

Low speed average

and top speed

Drawbar

is

52.

pull

is 1

is

5.8 scale

mph

pound, 13 ounces.

She features a QSI sound system.

19

Weaver

Reading G1 and G2sa The Reading G1 (and G2sa) 4-6-2 uled for spring 2001

.

It is

is

a brass release

actually the

Crusader"undressed," without

its

streamlined shrouding.

This limited edition will feature all-brass tion, scale

sched-

famous Reading

body construc-

dimensions, operating smoke unit, Pittman can

motor, flywheel coasting drive, sprung drive wheels, authentic coal load, detailed interior with engineer and fireman, and operating marker lights. two-rail, three-rail

TMCC and

will

be offered

Railsounds. Three-rail without sound will be

compatible with TMCC.

20

It

without sound, and three-rail with

in

Baldwin 2-8-0 Weaver's Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation will be their second die-cast release, bit as

good as

and the

detail level

their die-cast

PRR

promises to be every

C-1 At press time, six .

roadnames are planned: Reading, Baldwin Locomotive Works, Western Maryland ("fireball"), Pennsylvania Railroad,

Boston

& Mainland

Consolidation will be offered

sound, and three-rail with

without sound

will

Nickel Plate

in

Road.The

two-rail, three-rail without

TMCC and

Railsounds.Three-rail

be compatible with TMCC.

21

Williams

EMD NW2 Look familiar? Williams

It

should.This superb model

calling a "Classic Reproduction."

is

the foot-long locomotive couplers.The safety

locomotive

is

cab, the other

rails

is

also

and

die-cast, as are the trucks

motors (one

a pair of can

under the hood) and weighs It is

what

The frame of

are metal. This beautifully painted

powered by

than 4 pounds.

is

in

the

in at a little less

equipped with traction

tires.

For

comparison purposes, the Williams model generates twice as

much drawbar

ounces

vs.

1

pull as its

postwar counterpart: 25

2 ounces. Naturally, with

handles 0-27 curves system, but does

easily. The

come with

its

short wheelbase,

a bell

sound that

is

easy to

deactivate. As with

most Williams models, the N W2

available in several

roadnames - including ones

never offered! See complete review

22

it

engine has no diesel sound

in

is

Lionel

January 2001 CTT.

Lehigh Valley Lots of this

AkoFA-1

manufacturers have offered versions of the Alco FA;

one

is

right

up there with the best of them. The

nicely

decorated model measures a scale 52 feet (within a half inch of being right on). Details include

and rooftop

grills;

number

nated headlight, marker lights, and cast

see-through side

separately applied grab irons; illumi-

boards; die-

metal fuel tank and trucks.The powered unit (the sec-

ond A

is

unpowered) weighs

ounces. Paint

is

in at a

cleanly applied

Minimum curve diameter

is

and

hefty 4 pounds, 5 lettering

is

crisp.

0-27, and the flywheel-

equipped, dual-can-motor-powered locomotive puller.

Minimum

consistent low speed

and the high-end speed at 2

pounds, 8 ounces

layout.

is

96.2.

Drawbar

- should be

See complete review

in

is

is

16.8 scale pull

a strong

mph,

measures out

plenty for almost any

September 2000

CTT.

23

gauge

diesel locomotives:

Locomotive type

Manufacturer

4-wheel switcher

Lionel

25

BL2

Williams

26

C-420

Lionel

27

C-630

Weaver

28

Centipede

(Premier)

29

(RailKing)

30

Dash 8-40C

MTH MTH MTH

(Premier)

31

Dash 8-40C

Lionel

32

Dash 9 (C44-9W)

Lionel

33

Dash 9 (C44-9W)

Third Rail

34

Dash9(C44-9W)

Williams

35

MTH

36

Dash8-40B

E8

AA

(B separate)

(RailKing)

Page

E8AA

Weaver

37

F3AA

Lionel

38

F3ABA

Lionel

39

F3ABA

MTH MTH

(Premier)

40

(RailKing)

41

F3

24

1990-2000

AA

(B separate)

F7ABA

K-Line

42

F7ABA

Williams

43

FA-1

AA

Williams

44

FA-2

AA

K-Line

45

FTAA

Lionel

46

GP9

Lionel

47

GP9

Red Caboose

48

GP38-2

K-Line (Classic)

49

GP38-2

Weaver

50

GP60M

(Premier)

51

H-10-44

MTH MTH

(Premier)

52

H-24-66 Train Master

Lionel

53

NW2

Lionel

54

PA1

Lionel

55

PA ABA

Lionel

56

PA ABA

MTH

(Premier)

57

RDC-1 and RDC-2

MTH

(RailKing)

58

RDC(3-carset)

Williams

59

RS-3

Weaver

60

RS-11/RSD-12

Weaver

61

SD9

(Premier)

62

SD45

MTH MTH

(RailKing)

63

SD50

Lionel

64

SD60

Lionel

65

SD60M

Lionel

66

SD60M

(Premier)

67

SD90MAC

MTH MTH

(Premier)

68

SD90MAC

Williams

69

SW8/SW9

Atlas

70

U25B

Weaver

71

U33C

Williams

72

4-Wheel Switcher

Diesel

Road

Name

(original release):

Union

Roster Number:

Pacific

8911

(and others) Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $50.00

Greenberg

This

Prototype Information:

is

a mixed-prototype piece - the

18911 $35.00

Price:

body of a Vulcan switcher placed on a

4-wheel truck.

Injection-molded plastic body and die-cast metal construction, electronic E-unit, operat-

Features:

ing headlight, nonoperating couplers.

N/A

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Performance:

Weight: 11 oz.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected

engine

demand

for

0-27

Lionel decided to market

Comments:

this little

radius:

pull: 4 oz.

in

response to a perceived

an affordable selection of good-

reasonably priced motive power for

quality,

operators

and

entry-level buyers.

The new switcher descends from

that

esteemed line of postwar products, the Lionel motorized units. At least the shell does - it's the

same one no.

57

switcher.

The

the

that graced legendary pieces like

Atomic idea

is

inexpensive switchers

Americans

to the

Energy

Commission

that these good-running, will

Volts

Amps

6

.15

Scale

MPH

58.4

7

.20

71.1

8

.25

105.6

9

.25

148.8

around the track effortis high, compensating for its moderate pulling power, which is equal to approximately eight pieces of mixed vintage rolling stock on straight and level track. Our sample took to the air many times when fed 9 volts, so be forewarned. traction

lessly.

Its

tire,

it

zips

speed range

The hood ladder purpose slot.

is

to

is

indeed cheesy;

its

sole

obscure the former E-unit lever

Regardless, this

is

a place to jump into the

low-end market for Lionel.

help reintroduce

fun of toy train model

rail-

roading.

The

shell quality

proportion unit.

is

excellent

bland but pleasant enough.

model

dow

is

glass,

despite

its

on

this 1:48

The frame/truck assembly

stripped:

dummy

Of

is

course, this

couplers,

no win-

colored plastic instead of paint. Yet,

budget

exterior, the

little

switcher

is

a fine runner.

Equipped with a can motor, electronic and single

reverse unit with lockout switch

Original

C7T Review;

May, 1993 (Jim Bunte) 25

BL2

Diesel

Road Name

Florida East Coast

(original release):

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: $169.00 (powered)

606

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

BL2-108

Greenberg

CP

Price:

$109.00 (dummy)

The BL2 is a strange-looking 1,500 h.p. diesel offered by EMD in 1948 and came from the auto industry. It was intended for light dutv on branch "BL'), but most wound up as road switchers. Perhaps the streamlining was

Prototype Information:

1949.

The

lines

(hence the

styling apparently

deemed out of place. Only 58 were Features:

sold.

motors, headlight, plastic shell on sheet-metal frame.

Tv

Length: 13

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

5 oz.

radius:

0-27

pull: 2 lbs., 8 oz.

The prototype was a transibetween cab and hood units, and its streamlined appearance makes it unique and a conversation piece on model pikes of all kinds. Yes, it looks more like a Buick or Oldsmobile than a locomotive. The Williams model is of a Phase I BL2. While the detailing is a bit less intricate than some models, it looks fine and has a few features worth noting, including exceptionally smooth tooling and shaped-metal handrails. While it does not have see-through screens,

Volts

Amps

5.2

.98

Scale

MPH

15

12.0

1.4

50

18.0

2.1

98.6

commands. Flywheels

Selected Comments:

respond

tional design

allow the unit to coast gracefully to a stop.

the

model appears

to

be a

faithful representa-

tion of the prototype, although

it is

two scale

to transformer

The BL2's low-speed average was 15 scale The drawbar pull of 2 pounds, 8 ounces means the m.p.h., with 98.6 at the high end.

engine should handle about 120 modern, free-rolling cars

on

straight

and

level track (if

the couplers hold).

The Williams BL2

is

a distinctive diesel with

body that might not appeal to everyone. But if you like sleek trains and 1950s automobiles, you may find yourself wanting to run this locomotive at the head of even train in a rakish

your

fleet.

feet too short.

The and

is

paint

on our sample was nicely applied commendable considering

especially

the complexity of the old Florida East Coast paint scheme.

The BL2 is fun to run and looks good at the head of almost any kind of train. The motors are quiet in all speed ranges and quick to

Original September.

26

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

Diesel

Road Name (also

(original release):

Lehigh

Valley,

New

Delaware & Hudson Haven, Nickel Plate,

Roster Number:

412

Monon) Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $249.95, $349.95

Greenberg

18591, 18588 (Commandequipped)

CP

Price:

Lhe Century 42011 was a 2,000 h.p. road switcher offered by Alco between featured improved maintainability and reduced maintenance costs over piv\ u >us

Prototype Information:

1962 and 1968.

It

models and was designed to compete with the - only 131 were made. Features:

EMD GP30 and the GE U25B. Apparently,

0-27 operation, two can motors, RailSounds and command control optional. Length: 15

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

The

in.

lbs.,

Performance:

radius:

0-27

pull: 2 lbs., 3 oz.

Lionel C-420

is

one of

silent.

it

was

remarkable. There are awnings

over the cab windows; metal horn; opening

cab doors; and above the windshield,

marker or

classification lights.

pump and

brake

A

The

detail.

add-on grab irons, plenty of hatch

handles, sand door hinges, and even a catwalk

over the rear exhaust. There's traction tread

on the

and walkways. makes the engine a cut above the but see-through screens would have been steps

All of this rest,

nice.

The

bright Delaware

& Hudson

paint

scheme, very well applied, helps accent many of the detail features on the model we tested.

A crosscheck of various prototype gests that Lionel's designers

mark -

it

1.4

56.3

18

1.6

66.2

test runs.

The motors were

Very few engines look

dream

virtually

this graceful al

drawbar pull equals roughly 130 pieces ern rolling stock on straight and

The RailSounds package

six

simulated

m.u. cable receptacle are

other examples of the wealth of shell has 12

12

MPH

low speeds and run without lurching. The

first sight. is

13

Operationally, the locomotive was a

seen. Taking the piece out of the box,

detail

Scale

1.1

8.3

on our

The

Amps

Volts

12 oz.

the finest looking diesel locomotives we've

love at

didn'l

it

locos sug-

were right on the

-

it

sounds

of

mod-

level track.

has a special gusto

great, particularly at lower speeds,

before the noises of the rolling stock become too pronounced.

The only glitch we encountered was when we turned the smoke unit on for the first time. Nothing happened at first. We wound up having to activate

it

with the CAB-1.

worked just

It

fine after that. Probablv the unit was turned off

when undergoing

a final quality assuran* e

inspection at the factory.

Lionel

made

a shrewd decision to offei an

ultra-detailed locomotive as either a hash

rig

or fully loaded with sound and control options in a very

popular price range

has full-scale measurements and very

good-looking die-cast metal trucks.

The

fuel

tank doubles as a speaker housing.

Original

November,

I

I

1

Rt

2000 (Bob

Keller)

27

C-630

Diesel

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Reading

(original release):

Weaver

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $300.00

Prototype Information:

5803

Roster Number:

Greenberg

The C-630 was one of

Price:

1054 $250.00

Alco's better-known entrants into the modern-era

diesel field.

Features: Plastic

and

die-cast metal construction, dual flywheel-equipped

can motors, electronic

E-unit, electronic horn, interior illumination, operating couplers, traction tires.

Length: 18

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

and

die-cast metal

umph

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

12 oz.

radius:

pull:

52

0-31 oz.

This massive hulk of plastic is

yet another powerful

Weaver and Samhongsa.

tri-

Volts

Amps

Scale

6

.8

11.6

40.4

8

.9

10

.9

52.8

12

1.0

105.6

14

1.0

136.4

speed range, and coasts

like

MPH

somebody

Crisco on the kitchen linoleum.

spilled

When

you

anywhere, do-anything kind of locomotive that

combine 6 pounds of locomotive with dual wheel action, you're bound to go skating.

makes you forget about all those disappointing and mediocre engines on your roster.

is

yet another excellent loco-

motive offering for

O gauge model railroaders.

for

The C-630

It's

a go-

Weaver's Alco

fly-

integrates a completely die-cast

metal chassis into the standard die-cast truck

and injection-molded plastic format. The result is one very heavy locomotive. Metal handrails complete the sturdy

Decoration quality sharp, paint

is

is

feel.

quite good, lettering

is

evenly and smoothly applied.

The details are dynamite - tiny vents, small hand grabs - the kind you've come to expect from Weaver. On to performance. This locomotive snorted like an angry bull, reared up and delivered 52 ounces of drawbar pull. Don't worry about pulling power - worry you may not have enough cars to operate behind it. You will be impressed with the operation of the Weaver C-630. It's smooth, has a wonderful

Original September,

28

1

CTT Review;

993 (Jim Bunte)

Diesel .

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Pennsylvania

(original release):

MTH

Roster Number:

(Premier)

MSRP: $699.95

Prototype Information:

Baldwin 6,000

h.p.,

5823

Catalog Number:

20-2200-1

Greenberg

CP

Price:

DRS-2-8-3000, 2-D+D-2 (4-8-8-4), 183 feet lone.

First bi

in 1945.

ProtoSound; ProtoSmoke; ProtoCoupler; directional lights; illuminated number boards, and cab interior; two can motors and two smoke generators in each unit; plasti< body. Color: Brunswick green. Features:

marker

lights,

Length: 4634

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 15

Minimum Drawbar

lbs.,

lent.

on

radius:

this very

7.1

0-72

The

length of the

detailing

and decora-

unusual locomotive are excel-

The famous PRR

radiators,

radio antenna runs the

first unit.

and screens are

all

there, just like

on

the prototype. Figures are visible inside the

and

stripes are

clean and crisp. is

superb. Very

acceleration. Motors run quietly in

all

it

are about as

Scale

2.8

12.6

12.0

3.8

60.2

18.0

4.0

91.8

MPH

reduced speed on the downside,

good

as

it

gets.

Smoke production

The

copious.

is

four

generators belch out clouds unseen since the Industrial Revolution.

You

will

ventilation system in your train

mask.

Overall performance

Amps

a slight upgrade, followed by the squeal of

brakes as

Doors, hatches, vents,

lighted cabs. Lettering, logos

smooth

Volts

pull: 3 lbs., 15 oz.

Selected Comments:

tion

Performance:

in.

3 oz.

need a good room, or a gas

the haze gets too thick, you'll find

If

on/off switches located under the units. Because of its size, weight, and tin

trac-

generators,

on the drive wheels, this locomotive is a bit awkward to handle and move around manually when on the rails. A drawbai and a

once,

plug/ receptacle join the units togethei

speed ranges. The amperage drain

is

high, but

considering there are four motors, four smoke

it

and a sound system all going at seems reasonable. The two engines

showed good trackability in spite of their size and the number of wheels, even on bumpy track and grades. This locomotive

is

capable of pulling 180

modern pieces of rolling The startup engine

noises are nice, but

Likewise for the horn and

However, the rev sound as the

cally

and

mate the

electrically, pair.

bell.

train negotiated

and

it

is

out,

you

will

Railing the Centipede can be a

probably want is

attention getter this fine

model

vo-

|>h

challenge to

a

two-person job, so once you have This loco

stock with ease.

the running and cruising sounds are a bit generic.

tion tires

on yeui

it

to leave

huge, and as such and conversation

isn't for

everyone.

It

is

lay-

there.

it

quite an

piece. But <

an dwai

I

a small- or medium-size layout. Merel) parking the thing requires a four-foot storage

ni May,

(

201)1)

1

tra< k.

1

ft

(Bob Keller)

29

Dash 8-40B

Diesel

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Amtrak, Santa Fe

(original release):

MTH

Catalog Number: 30-2003,

(RailKing)

MSRP: $199.00

Prototype Information:

500, 560

Roster Number:

Greenberg

Price:

30-2004

$225.00

This model of a very popular locomotive represents the

latest in

prototype

motive power.

Features:

Two can motors,

Vital Statistics:

traction tires, horn, headlight, die-cast trucks.

Length: 15

in.

Weight: 4.3

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

7.7

0-27

radius:

26

pull:

oz.

The RailKing Dash 8 is a good representation of a modern locomotive that will please not only kids who want an Selected Comments:

engine of their own, but also serious operators

who

scale-size

This

is

don't have the

room

run

to

big,

power. a smaller,

more

toylike representa-

tion of Amtrak's workhorse.

detailed

It is

and

operates well.

The body familiar

GE

design, with

its

wide nose and the

radiator overhang, helps

make

actually

it

the

is.

It

conveys the image of a piece of equipment

Scale

MPH

26.4

2.0

12.0

3.5

89.1

15.6

4.6

134.9

number boards. A plug-in ProtoSounds

board can be

retrofit, if desired.

The intricate paint scheme of our Amtrak test model was neady applied. The lettering clear

and sharp.

The engine operated smoothly and motors were quiet. The flywheels added

the ter-

"coastability." There are four traction which combined with the weight and two motors, result in sure-footed performance. The drawbar pull should accommodate most rific

has

freight or passenger action

This

is

on

a typical layout.

a budget-priced diesel, suitable for

hobbyists desiring something out of the ordi-

ready to work.

The engine

nated)

Amps

tires,

locomotive look larger than that's

Volts

die-cast

trucks,

and couplers. The frame

metal

nary for their small-radius layouts.

stamped equipped with a headlight and an electronic horn that

wheels,

steel with die-cast fuel tanks. It

delivers a satisfactory beep.

from

plastic with a lot

The

is

is

shell

is

made

of door latches, air

and handrails molded in. There are gleaming handrails and painted (not illumi-

vents,

Original February,

30

CTT Review;

1997 (Bob

Keller)

Diesel

Dash 8-40C

Road Name

(original release):

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

CSX

Roster Number:

(Premier)

MSRP: $300.00

7599

Catalog Number:

20-2006

Greenberg

$425.00

Price:

Prototype Information: The first 4,000 h.p. 8-40C was delivered in December, 1987. It was developed by General Electric to replace the earlier C39-8, which shares a number of its characteristic :s.

and die-cast metal construction, dual flywheel-equipped can motors, directional QSI reverse unit, diesel horn, operating knuckle couplers. Color: gray, blue, and yellow.

Features: Plastic

lighting,

N/A

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

This

lbs.,

radius:

pull:

is

Performance:

15 oz.

48

0-31 oz.

a beautifully crafted

now in full-swing operation. Our sample represented early production.

of Korea are

Normally, you'd expect to find a few glitches first

pieces off the line, but that was

not the case.

The CSX

8's

scheme is expertly applied, numbers well done, but it's the overall look and feel that are noteworthy. The engine weighs almost 6 pounds because of its die-cast frame and trucks. Detail on the shell is as good as any we've seen in a compaint

with lettering and

From

17.4

49.6

9

.8

11

.9

79.8

12

.9

90.9

13

1.0

116.9

MPH

amperage draw never rose above

1

amp,

when

pulling long freights

up steep

toy-train

grades, the locomotive won't overly tax your

transformer. Also interesting is the speed range - from a nice, mellow pace of 17 scale m.p.h. at the low end to 117, when cranked up to the

high end. With a rated pulling power of This

it is

can handle almost 100

IS

cars.

one awesome locomotive

that

is

ready for big train duty.

the scale proportions

hood-door latches, to roof detail, the spacious wide cab, this baby is realistic to tiny

Scale

.7

even during high-voltage operation. So, even

ounces,

mercial product.

Amps

8

model - so tight and perfect it's almost too good to be true. With the release of the Dash 8, MTH and master train builder Samhongsa

with the

Volts

to

in

the extreme.

Our sample was an incredibly smooth perhumming along in almost musical fashion. Power comes from two vertically mounted can motors equipped with flywheels. The Dash

former,

Original

CI

I

Review;

November, 1993 (Jim Bunte)

31

Dash 8-40C

Diesel

Road Name (original North Western

Chicago

release):

&

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

MSRP: $549.95 w/RailSounds

w/o

$479.95

8501,8502

Roster Number:

II,

Catalog Number:

6-18219,6-18220

Greenberg

$420.00/$335.00

Price:

it

The Dash 8-40C was developed by GE to replace the earlier C39-8. The two The biggest difference is the cab roof. On the Dash 8-40C it was raised to match the height of the long hood over the dynamic brake box. The first 4,000 h.p. Dash 8 was delivered in December, 1987. The real CNW operated 77 of them. Prototype Information:

share a few characteristics.

Features: II

Operating headlights and ditch

Length: 17X

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 5

Drawbar

Selected Comments:

O

operating couplers, electronic E-unit, RailSounds

gauge

Need

Performance:

in.

radius: 0-31

pull:

1 lb.,

12.8 oz.

big motive power for

railroad,

but your broadest

you'd be out of luck. Lionel's Dash 8-40C

runs through regular

O

gauge curves with the

finesse of a ballerina.

Of course, is

Lionel's

Scale

2.5

20.1

12.0

3.2

149.3

18.0

5.0

193.5

MPH

in,

but be sure you have enough power until then. a

Once again Lionel has produced a model of modern diesel that won't overwhelm your lay-

out. II,

model of the locomotive

Amps

8.4

This should improve as the engine breaks

curves are 0-31? Without the magic of toy trains

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lbs., 2.1 oz.

Minimum

your

lights,

Dual Pullmor motors. Color: Yellow and green.

available,

With

the

EMD

its

smooth operation and RailSounds Dash 8-40C may threaten your

CNW

diesels with early retirement.

shorter than the prototype, but that's okay

with me, since

it's

still

recognizable as a big

GE. With its handsome paint scheme, operating beacon and ditch lights, and RailSounds II, this one will be turning heads on many layouts. It sounds just like the real CNW units. But sound and looks are only part of the story.

pull 1.8

No

its

operator wants an engine that can't

weight.

The Dash

pounds means

it

8's

drawbar pull of

can handle close to 85

on straight and level smooth-running engine,

free-rolling freight cars track.

This

although fast

for

The

its

my

is

a

top speed, 195 scale m.p.h.,

is

too

taste.

dual Pullmor motors

make

juice hog, drawing between 2.5

this one a and 5 amps.

Original December,

32

CTT Review;

1995 (Marty McGuvrk)

Diesel

Dash 9 (C44-9W)

Road Name

Demonstrator

(original release):

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

5823

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $699.95

Greenberg

Prototype Information: This

a functional

is

modern-era

diesel,

Price:

L8226 $400.00

produced by General

Electric

and

verj

in

cab,

popular on major railroads. Features:

Two Pullmor

motors, Magne-Traction, directional lighting, engineer figure plastic shell over sheet-metal frame.

Command-equipped, RailSounds, Length: 16

Vital Statistics:

Weight:

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

new wide

radius:

0-31

pull: 1.4 lbs.

9

based

is

and mechanism.

shell

new

safety cab,

die-cast metal trucks,

It

fuel tank,

and GE's demonstrator

paint scheme.

As with most toy

The

trains, the

model

is

a

little

nicely designed

cab masks the

shortness fairly well.

GE

As for decoration, the design are,

is

demonstrator

simple and striking. Minimal as the)

the graphics are crisp, clean,

and

well

applied.

The

loco

is

equipped with directional

ing and ditch lights. for

maximum

The high end

Amps 2.5

Scale

12.0

2.9

105.6

18.0

3.5

151.2

is

MPH

37.7

a speedy 151.52. Using the

TrainMaster system, the low end drops scale m.p.h.

The

effort converts to

to

IS

pounds of tractive about 60 cars of the modern. solid 1.4

free-rolling type.

shorter than the prototype - 12 scale feet to be exact.

Volts 8.9

The Lionel Dash

on the Lionel Dash 8 sports a

in.

N/A

light-

is terrific. To find any more lifeambience you'd need to be standing at trackside. The volume is controlled by a knob under an exhaust stack or by the CAB-1 remote controller. The Dash 9 is a fine locomotive. If youi lay-

RailSounds

like

out needs some new, modern motive powei that is at home on sharp curves, you'll wain to

check

this

one

out.

Command-equipped

It is

operating

flexibility

with the

TrainMaster control system.

The newly designed

die-cast metal trucks

are superb copies of the real thing, with clean

and

industrial lines.

This locomotive delivers quality, reliable performance. The low-end speed is typical of

Pullmor motors, averaging 37.7

scale m.p.h.

Ordinal (II Review; June,

2000 (Bob Keller) 33

Dash 9 (C44-9W)

Diesel

(original release): Burlington Northern Chicago & North Western, CSX, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific)

Road Name

N/A

Roster Number:

(also

Manufacturer:

Original

Third Rail

MSRP: $799.95

The General

Prototype Information:

than 400 were sold in the

first

Features: Brass construction, single

Length: 19

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 6

Minimum Drawbar

modeler's

C44-9W

all

CP

is

Price:

an exceptionally popular locomotive - more It

represents the latest in diesel power.

motor, directional lighting, QSI sound system. Performance:

in.

radius:

pull:

Volts 7.9

0-72

1 lb.

It is

a

new

work of the

replicated. There's even a

recessed fuel cap at the rear of the engine. All

of the screens are amazingly intricate, and the

sprung 6-wheel trucks

Greenberg

was on the market.

Hatches, grates, vents, air hoses,

grab irons are

N/A

lbs.

to brass detailing. art.

it

This engine adds a

Selected Comments:

dimension

Electric

year

Catalog Number:

really stand out. Yes,

they actually spring.

Amps

Scale

12.0

1.4

57.0

18.0

1.4

121.2

middle of the frame, has drive shafts extending to both trucks. This kind of system, using universal joints, is more likely to be found on

on three-rail tinplate. The model we tested had a sound unit by QSI. The diesel sounds, horn, and bell were pleasing, but we found no volume control. The engine performed well. Acceleration

scale trains than

The safety cab's angular snout looks terrific, do the gull wing shades over the side windows. Inside you'll find a control panel. The

will

cab

few practice passes before you get

as

is

dimly illuminated.

This

is

a large engine - a scale

model

that

requires 0-72 or wider curves. All wheels are

and deceleration were

The engine has no

We

it

in.

might take a it

to stop in

noted what sounded like drive train fricappear to hinder performance,

They look great, but they limit the loco's free movement. The couplers have springs to hold them in place and metal "thumbtack" uncouples attached. During our testing, one of the

but

off,

flywheel, so

a realistic way.

tion. It didn't

fell

a bit rough, but that

probably improve as the loco breaks

flanged and the couplers are frame-mounted.

thumbtacks

MPH

23.5

1.4

it

was quite audible.

rendering the coupler

inoperable.

The Dash 9 has all-wheel drive via a drive The single can motor, mounted in the

shaft.

Original

CTT Review;

Jan nan, 1999 (Bob 34

KH/m

Diesel

Dash 9 (C44-9W)

Road Name (original release): BNSF (also Amtrak, Chicago & North Western, Conrail, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific)

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: $179.00 powered, $129.00

Prototype Information:

were sold the Features:

first

The General

year

headlights,

Length: 18

in.

Weight: 4.8

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

The

on

is

Greenberg

$189.00

Price:

Dash 9 It

is a very popular locomotive - over 400 represents the latest in diesel power.

Amps

Volts 5.0

radius: 0-31

introduction of the

fairly detailed,

<>l

them

and horn.

line for

a budget.

loco shell

DA601

Performance:

Dash 9 expands Williams locomotive the operator

Catalog Number:

pull: 2.6 lbs.

The

Selected Comments:

Electric

was in production.

it

Two can motors,

Vital Statistics:

dummy

5823

duplicating

most of the essential reference points on the prototype, and can hold its own against similar engines from other manufacturers. The safety cab looks great, and the radiator overhang adds a brawny appeal to the engine. Decoration on the preproduction samples we tested was superb. For those concerned about the Williams "shine," the brilliance has been reduced by about 20 percent - the colors

Scale

MPH

21.0

1.0

12.0

1.5

76.9

18.0

2.0

119.1

should satisfy most freight-hauling needs. The speed range was also very good - 21 scale m.p.h. on the low end, and 1 19 at the top.

The most obvious stamped-steel

cost

frame,

compromises arc the which has rigid

handrails, and the use of die-cast metal tru< ks from the SD45. Lesser compromises include

decorated,

but

not

illuminated,

number

on the nose. If you want to add some modem, smart-looking motive power to your layout without mortgaging your roundhouse, check this one out. boards and

cast-in grabs

are bright, but not glossy.

The measurements compare the prototype - 72 feet in

The engine

of the real one.

favorably to

O scale to the

73'-l"

features die-cast

metal trucks and couplers, as well as a die-cast fuel tank.

Throughout responsive.

The

testing, the

engine was quite power metal

twin can motors

gears for durability

and even, steady perform-

The

2.6-pound drawbar pull

ance.

hefty

Original September,

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1998 (Bob Keller) 35

E8 (AA Duo.with Separate B Unit)

Diesel

Road Name

(original release):

New York

Central

4084 4045, 6046/6018

Roster Number:

(Lightning stripe). Southern Pacific (Daylight)

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

(RailKing)

AA w/horn,

MSRP: SI 79.95

$279.95

AA w

B

sound. S59.95

EMD's

Prototype Information:

Catalog Number:

30-2140; 30-2141

Greenberg

S200.00

Price:

w/o sound, $260.00

unit

E-series of diesel locomotives followed a classic design.

Created for

passenger sendee, the locos were longer than the more numerous, but similarly stvled F-units.

More than Features:

1,200 of the E-series diesels were sold.

Horn and

headlight,

Length: IVA

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

sound version

available.

Performance:

in.

radius:

Volts

6.4

lbs., 1 oz.

0-31

pull: 2.4 lbs.

Although reduced

in size,

If

Amps

Scale

MPH

15.7

1.4

12.0

1.4

89.7

18.0

1.5

141.8

you've had reservations about adding

the E8 compares favorably to the prototype.

RailKing diesels to your fleet due to their

The A

diminutive

unit, with

oversize couplers, meas-

its

ures 58 scale feet, as opposed to the proto-

size,

the larger dimensions of the

E8 might change your mind.

type's 70 feet.

The

styling of the

engine

is

true.

Windows,

hatches and doors appear in the correct places,

and the

level

of detail

is

what vou'd

expect. All units have rubber diaphragms.

Both the powered and

dummv A units

have

headlights, but lack directional lighting.

The B

something of a puzzle. This mounted to one of the trucks, but with the horn-only A units we tested, there are no matching receptacles. We

dummy

later

unit

is

unit has a tether

learned that

even though

it

all

B

units have this tether,

has no function with the non-

ProtoSound sets. Performance was superb. The engine crawled around the layout without hesitation or balking. The loco is equipped with two can motors and traction tires, so it delivered an excepdonal 2.4 pounds of pull at the drawbar.

Original October,

36

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob Kcllrn

Diesel

E8AA

Road Name

(original release):

Baltimore

(also

&

Union

Pacific

New York

Ohio,

Roster Number:

927/928

Catalog Number:

1994

Central,

Pennsylvania, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific)

Weaver

Manufacturer:

Original

MSRP: $495.00

Prototype Information:

E

units for various

Greenberg

Price:

$400.00

By the time EMD brought out the E8 in 1949, it had produced thousands ,,l American railroads. The E8 was the most dependable of all postwar diesels.

service.

style and flash of curved noses and streamlined design, most were assigned Their 1,800 h.p. allowed for long trains and fast schedules.

Features:

Injection-molded plastic and die-cast metal construction, two can motors,

With the

directional lighting, jacks for optional

Length: 17%

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 5

Drawbar

Selected Comments:

the prototype in

speed

when

Performance:

run on three

to

in part to

to

cision can

model

rails.

At

motors

in

a detailed casting that includes

A brass etching simulates

the ventila-

each

pre-

unit.

We found that some of the wires from each power truck were a bit short, so when the truck can pinch the wire between

motor and frame.

rails.

MPH

good truck design and the dual

swivels

grab

Scale

N/A

it's a mere scale foot short, and on the money when it comes to height. If you want realism, this one's for you. is

reverse,

(Data Not Available)

71 feet long,

shell

Amps

Volts

right

The

I

radius: 0-31

pull:

as close to a scale

trains

OS

traction tires.

(each unit)

Weaver's model is faithful more ways than devotion

(it's fast!). It's

as you'll get

in.

lbs.

Minimum

QSI sound system,

to passengei

it

It

the

wouldn't hurt to add

about a half-inch to each. The Weaver E8 completely upstages the

models of a few years ago (the

late 1980s).

on both sides. The frame is heavy sheet metal and rides on die-cast 6-wheel trucks. Our sample had excellent paint and graphics. tion grills

The shoe

E8's trucks swivel easily - a die-cast

into a corresponding hole in the frame - so the locomotive can negotiate 0-31 curves without binding. There is a rather extreme overhang on the sharp curves, so fits

clear the right-of-way.

The speed range is perfect for the world of The diesel pair can creep and pull

toy trains.

consistently at low speeds, yet also scream

around the curves with

ease.

It's

one of the

smoothest performers we've reviewed, thanks

Original October,

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/'

1991 (Jim Bunte) 37

F3AA

Diesel

Road Name

Santa Fe

(original release):

(freight color

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

200/200

Roster Number:

scheme)

MSRP: $599.95

Prototype Information:

18117

Catalog Number:

Greenberg

The

$400.00

Price:

cab-type diesel was popular for hauling both freight

General motors sold almost 7,000 of

its

the 18 years they were in production.

3

classic

and passenger

trains.

F units (FT through F9) to American railroads in

and metal construction, cab lights and headlights in both units, mechanical E-unit, in powered unit, operating couplers at front ends and dummies at rear, horn, Magne-Traction. Color: dark blue and yellow. Features: Plastic

two three-pole

Vital Statistics:

AC motors

Length: 13% Weight: 6

Performance:

in.

15 oz.

lbs.,

(powered unit only) radius: 0-31

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

pull:

22

Volts

Amps

Scale

MPH

36.4

7

2.5

9

2.7

74.4

12

2.9

130.9

oz.

Year after year Lionel has

dummy

unit.

The

freight carries only a horn.

offered Santa Fe F3s in the red-and-silver pas-

For some reason there are a few differences

senger color scheme, because no doubt that is what the public wants. All the Santa Fe freight trains clattering through Lionelville, from 1948 to the present, have been pulled by passenger

in performance between the passenger F unit and the new one. The freight's minimum speed is faster, and - not a bad thing - its top

F3s instead of those designated for freight serv-

Maybe it's the new brushplates. Those who are sticklers on prototype fidelity may be a little disappointed in the decoration. The quality is good, but the accuracy

ice.

With release of F3s

in the blue-and-yellow

freight scheme, things are different.

Lionel's Santa Fe F3

AA

is

painted in the

road's freight livery - dark blue

speed

is

slower.

A local

It

also

draws

less

current.

and yellow. They look good and they run fine. In fact, they're a lot like an old shoe. Anyone who has

yellow should be paler, the nose herald should

a Lionel F3 of any vintage will be comfortable

rear

with the

new

not.

Santa Fe expert pointed out the

have a bronze-gold background, the roof and

end should be painted

black,

low over the cab should look

one.

For comparison purposes, the new freight F is

is

almost identical to the recent Lionel passen-

ger unit pattern, not squared Nevertheless,

I

and the

yel-

like the passenoff.

think most Lionel fans

will

ger unit. They have slightly different brush

be pleased with these engines. They're

attrac-

holders on the motors, and the freight unit's

tive, they run well, they have the F3 look, and they fill a need.

Lionel

frame

is

painted black instead of

silver,

but

The

pas-

classic

otherwise, they are twins.

The

electronics are a bit different.

senger loco has RailSounds equipment in the

Original

CTT Review;

May, 1994 (Dick Christianson) 38

Diesel F3

Road Name

Atlantic Coast Line

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

342

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $975.00

Original

Roster Number:

Greenberg

ABA

Price:

18123 $540.00

The F-class cab-type diesel locomotive was a favorite for both freighl and pasGeneral Motors sold almost 7,000 of them (FT through F9) from 1939 to 1957.

Prototype Information:

senger

Some

traffic.

are

still

in service.

Pullmor motors, Magne-Traction, Railsounds

Features:

II,

command

control. Color: purple with

gray and gold striping.

Length: 13%

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 4.5

Minimum Drawbar

in.

Performance:

7.5

radius: 0-31

pull:

20

oz.

The F3 is probably the most popular diesel locomotive in O gauge model Selected Comments:

and Lionel comes out with

railroading,

version every few years.

review the

one

to

ACL

We

a

new

have chosen to

engine because

have both Railsounds

II

it is

the

first

and command

control features.

is

true

to

Lionel's rendering tion

and sharp

ACL

is

is

The

sharp.

paint

streamliner colors.

good, with clean applica-

lettering.

The powered

unit gives a quality perform-

ance. Starting speed was 24 scale m.p.h., with

end at 164. The two motors ran smoothly and racked up 20 ounces of drawthe high

Scale

1.9

12.0

3.1

65.4

17.5

3.9

163.6

older Railsounds

I

MPH

24.2

engines off the layout. The

sound is full and distinctive with variety and depth that won't disappoint even the most jaded operator. A good range of volume is available. We noticed a rattle on the high end - the speaker vibrating against the unit shell.

Cosmetically, the engine

scheme

Amps

Volts

lbs.

A

slight

plastic

B

adjustment downward

made the noise disappear. The unlabeled switches on the underside the B unit have caused some confusion. <>f

Although not labeled, they simply function on/off controls for the sound system.

The new ACL Lionel F3

is

fun

to

run.

Command

control coupled with the sound

tem puts

in a class

it

by

as

sys-

itself.

bar pull.

Command

control

worked

flawlessly.

Boosting the sound, revving the engine, squealing the brakes, and doing the tle

things that

add character

many

lit-

to a layout with

the TrainMaster.

From

the

first rev,

you and makes you

the Railsounds grin. This

II

grabs

F3 just blows

Original

Novemhn.

(

I

I

) l >h

1

1

Review;

(Bob Keller)

39

F3ABA

Diesel

Road Name

Atlantic Coast Line

(original release):

Chicago. Burlington

(also

Electro-Motive Division. Lehigh Valley,

Northern

Pacific, Texas Special,

Manufacturer:

MTH

New Haven

Western Mankind)

(Premier)

MSRP: $625.00

Original

201A/201C

Roster Number:

Quincv.

8c

Catalog Number:

20-2084-1

Greenberg

S970.00

Price:

Lhe cab-type diesel was popular for hauling both freight and passenger trafGeneral Motors sold 6,829 of its classic "F" units (FT through F9) to American railroads between 1939 and 1957. The F3 has long been the favorite of model train manufacturers. Prototype Information:

fic.

Features: Dual-motored, flvwheel-equipped ProtoSounds with "cab chatter." Sold as AA or

Vital Statistics:

Length: 40

in.

Weight: 10

lbs.,

Minimum Drawbar

Our

Selected Comments:

Special

grills

1

0-31 10.2 oz.

lb.,

Texas

ABA. The models were superbly

detailed. glass,

Performance:

sample was a

test

Molded-in fan blades, a water sight

filler

caps,

and the

headlight and operating Mars

12 oz.

radius:

pull:

A unit, ABA sets.

characteristic

F3

with visible structural supports show the

fied I

Volts

Amps

Scale

7.6

1.5

8.7

34.6

10.0

2.0

12.0

2.5

77.3

18.0

3.0

86.4

light.

MPH

from the prototvpe appealed to me when saw it. Now that I've seen and operated )

first

the

MTH

model, I'm even more impressed.

And when its

beauts

considering

-

is

certainly

its

operating features,

more than

skin deep.

manufacturer paid close attention to prototype details. I put the complete three-unit lashup through its paces on my home layout. The

dual-motored loco performed

The horn sounded light

great.

effortlessly.

The simulated Mars

was spectacular, along with the steady

headlight.

The ProtoSounds option

features

all

sorts of

whining, growling, clanking, and "cab chatter"

- comments radioed from the engineer in the cab. bell,

The sound package

adjustable volume,

The and I

includes the horn,

remote-control couplers, reverse unit,

and other

things.

paint application looked great.

lettering graphics are clean

never saw

the

real

It's

fun.

The logo

and sharp.

Texas Special,

Lionel's version of the paint

scheme

but

(simpli-

Original C.rr Review; December, 1995 (Dick Christiansen)

Diesel

F3AA and

Road Name (also

Southern

Original

(

loasi

Roster Number:

503/504

Central, Pennsylvania,

Pacific,

Manufacturer:

Union

MTH

Pacific)

(RailKing)

AA w/hom,

MSRP: $199.00

$279.00

Florida East

(original release):

New York

B Unit

AA w/Proto

Catalog Number:

30-2007-1

Greenberg

$205.00/$255.00

Price:

Sounds, $79.95 B unit

EMD

Prototype Information:

cab diesel locomotives were popular with American railroads be used by themselves or in combination with other A and B units in either freight or passenger service. The Phase Ill-type F3s made in 1947 and 1948 seem to be the prototypes here.

because of their

Features:

Can motors,

Vital Statistics:

F-class

The A

versatility.

units could

traction tires, die-cast metal trucks, ProtoSounds available.

(AA duo) (ABA) Minimum radius: 0-27 Drawbar pull: 1.2 lbs. Length: 15^

Weight: 6.7

in.

Performance:

lbs.

6.4

To allow for operation on 0-27 curves, MTH scaled these F3s way down. One might justifiably wonder why they had to be made so far under size. A prototype AA duo Selected Comments:

is

100 feet long, compared to the 62 scale feet

of the models. Yet, the proportions seem to be

reasonable,

except for the trucks, which

appear huge under the small bodies.

Mold rific.

There are simulated

is

ter-

fuel sight gauges

and

number of fans and support posts the side grills. The simulated fuel tanks seem

the correct in to

Amps

Scale

MPH

11.5

.9

12.0

1.3

78.0

18.0

1.8

137.0

bells, and squealing brake sounds them up. Our test model was decorated in the Florida East Coast red, yellow, and silver liven, righl tives,

ringing

to liven

down to the Flagler System shield on the There was good color separation and no ness in any of

Don't

detailing of these locomotives

Volts

nose. ln//i-

it.

let their

diminutive size fool you

-

these engines are ready to haul on a moment's notice. RailKing

may be designed

0-27

for

operators, but the quality shines through.

be the most fragile part of the body. Operationally, the F3

and smoothly

is

a winner.

It

runs well

speed ranges, from a low of 1 1.5 scale m.p.h. up to 137 wide open. The flywheel offers great coasting ability, and it racks

up

1.2

The

in all

pounds of drawbar

pull.

optional ProtoSounds system

powered

A

unit.

Having

this

locomotive priced

this

small layouts can

now have

low

is

is

in the

system in an 0-27

remarkable. Even roaring locomo-

Original September,

(

/

/

/'-

1997 (Bob

Keller)

41

F7ABA

Diesel

Road Name

Baltimore

Chesapeake

(original release):

&

& Ohio

8012/8013/8506

Roster Number:

Rio Grande,

(also Pennsylvania,

Ohio)

Manufacturer: K-Line

K21 5-80 12/K251 5-80 13"B"/

Catalog Number:

K25 15-8506 Original

MSRP: $699.95

Prototype Information:

senger

traffic.

Greenberg

The

cab-type diesel locomotive was a favorite for hauling both freight

General Motors sold U.S.

equipped versions from 1939 Features: Six

to 1957.

lines 6,829 of

Some

are

motors, single E-unit, 12 traction

Length:

Vital Statistics:

NA (ABA over 40

still

tires,

in.)

them (FT through

tests

Note that the performance

former.

The average

starting

ZW trans-

speed was low-

ered from 40.4 to 28.8 scale m.p.h. when using

No matter what power source is used, this engine resembles a missile on wheels. This offering marks K-Line's move into scale-length, scale-detailed models for the hirail end of the toy train market. Rivet counters a Lionel TrainMaster system.

will

note that although

this rig

is

sold as an F7,

submerged screen for dynamic brakes above and behind the cab suggests it is a late model F3 instead. If the top had been solid, rather than screened, this would be an F7 without dynamic brakes. These same people will the

also indicate that the

A unit is a tad longer than

the prototype - four scale feet, to be exact.

The

blue,

gray,

scheme on our

test

no graphic design and are sharp with

and yellow

sample

is

blurring. its

C&O

terrific

The

- the

paint lines

distinctive

execution are up to a

high standard.

Performance:

The motors

in

each unit are mounted

A

single reverse unit

and

pas-

in passenger-

Volts

Amps

6.8

.03

12.0

1.37

155.6

19.1

1.91

252.7

Scale

MPH

40.4

all six motors, via a plugged cable between the units. You can run the outfit as an ABA, AB, AA, or just the lead A unit. The trailing A will not run by itself. The connecting

controls

cables are not a distraction, because the rub-

ber diaphragms between the units hide them.

How did

the set fare

on the

test track? It

has

gripping power and speed we've never seen before in a toy

train.

Going from

to 40.4

scale m.p.h. instantly practically defines the

term "jack-rabbit

end

home is

likely to

is

start."

The

252.7

on the high

challenge the curves on any

The 3.2 pounds of drawbar pull more than 100 modern, free-rolling

layout.

equal to

and level track. horn was a little anemic-sounding, and we detected a grinding noise from the leading A unit during low speed testing. It disappeared once the speed was nudged upward. K-Line confirmed this as a common sound that vanishes when the train is under load, cars

on

The

straight

outfit's

drawing more than 6 or 8

volts.

model of a popular locomotive, which has tremendous speed and This

across the truck frames.

many

headlights, horn.

lbs.

above were done with a Lionel

F9),

in service.

(ABA) Minimum radius: 0-42 Drawbar pull: 3.2 lbs.

Weight: 7.8

Selected Comments:

$320.00

Price:

is

a well-detailed

pulling power.

Original

CTT Review;

November, 1997 (Bob Keller)

42

Diesel

F7ABA

Road Name {Daylight

(original release): Southern scheme) and others

Pacific

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: $589.00

Prototype Information: The F7 was one of the were among the most popular of all time.

Features: Plastic

and

later

6017

Catalog Number:

F7107

Greenberg

$280.00

Price:

General Motors cab

die-cast metal construction, dual

units.

The

F-series diesels

can motors, OMS/True-Sounds diesel system,

1:48 proportion.

Vital Statistics:

Length:

N/A

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

2 oz.

lbs.,

6.5

radius: 0-31

pull:

34

Volts

oz.

Amps .9

Scale

MPH

11.9

8.0

1.0

24.9

12.0

1.2

61.7

14.0

1.3

148.8

Our sample came decorated

for the Southern Pacific Daylight.

The dual can motor operation is smooth quiet. The F7's speed ranges from a mere

and

With powered wheelset, our

11 m.p.h. to a toy train standard of 148.

one

traction tire per

sample produced 34 ounces

at the drawbar,

roughly equivalent to 68 cars on straight and level track.

The "True-Sounds" system

among

is

the

Apply 6 volts to the track and the system rumbles. After about 5 seconds, there's departure conversation between engineer and tower. Juice it a bit more and the best we've heard.

engines rev up.

The

as the voltage stays

On

bell

can be tolled as long

under

8,

then

it

cuts out.

awesome too. All the sounds were recorded from authentic Burlington Northern E8s. You must the main line, blast the horn.

hear

it

It's

in action.

Original

CTT Review;

May, 1993 (Jim Bunte) 43

Diesel

FA-1 (AA)

Road Name

(original release):

New York

Central

Lehigh

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

586/588

Roster Number:

Valley,

MSRP: $269.00

Catalog Number:

FA1-2003

Greenberg

CP

Price:

Between 1946 and 1950, more than four hundred 1,500 h.p. Alco FA-ls were The FA shared its squared-off nose with more glamorous legendary PAs. Engineers liked the engines, but the maintenance crews had other thoughts. The locomotives were not reliable performers. Prototype Information:

sold to 21 railroads.

Features:

Two can

motors, headlight, True Blast digital horn.

Length: 13

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

radius:

staple since 1950.

0-27

Kusan, K-Line, Lionel, is

often in a

MTH, and Weaver. The

an excellent representation

This model offers great value for the opera-

The

shell

metal side

grills

features see-through etched-

and

a similar rooftop

simulated fan blades cast

in.

grill

with

The engine has

separately applied grab irons, headlight,

illu-

minated markers and number boards, as well as the correct AAR type-B road trucks. It is within six scale inches of being right on the prototype mark.

The

is

Amps

Scale

0.86

16.8

12.0

1.4

49

18.0

2.2

96

MPH

fun to run and looks good on the

point of any train. Motors are quiet in

all

speed ranges and quick to respond to transformer commands. Flywheels allow the loco to coast nicely to a stop.

age

of the classic prototype.

tor.

The FA

a toy train

smaller 0-27 version, has been offered by

Williams entry

5.5

pull: 2 lbs., 8 oz.

The FA has been The locomotive,

Selected Comments:

Volts

5 oz. (powered unit)

is

is

The

FA's low-speed aver-

16.8 scale m.p.h.; the high-end average

96.2.

With a drawbar pull of 2 pounds, 8 ounces, the loco should handle about 120 modern, free-rolling cars. Very hefty indeed.

The FA

good looking, good value. Whether you operate your railroad on a tight budget or is

carefully designed,

a great performer,

not, this piece

is

and

a

worth a closer look.

painting and decoration are top notch,

including minute nomenclature items, class lettering,

and

builder's plates.

The FA uses Williams' new True Blast digital horn. The sound is realistic, and although basic, still a quantum leap ahead of the standard battery-operated horns found on many other locomotives.

Original September,

44

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

Diesel

FA-2 AA

Road Name

Santa Fe

(original release):

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: K-Line

Original

MSRP: $162.50

Prototype Information:

2120 2128

Catalog Number:

K-2126 K-2128

Greenberg

$115.00

Price:

The

distinctive, square-nosed Alco FAs were intended to give the EMD F-sei ies Although many major railroads bought them, Alco FA-2s never even came figures racked up by the General Motors engines.

diesels competition.

close to the sales

Features: Plastic

plers at front

Vital Statistics:

and metal construction,

ends and dummies Length: 11

in.

Weight: 3

lbs.,

(powered

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

oz.

MPH

Scale

unit)

7

.3

45.5

radius: 0-31

8

.4

79.8

10

.4

116.9

24

oz.

inevitable.

about 9 feet short of scale.

simply cry

How

can

On

closer examina-

become apparent. The

K-Line model has clear lenses in the engine

room doors - Lionel has filled in portholes. A more noticeable difference is Lionel's black exposed frame - a contrast to K-Line's, which is concealed inside the body. The K-Line sits about a scale foot lower than Lionel, giving it a slightly more streamlined appearance in its

Amps

32.7

At first glance, the two locomotives look almost identical. They are in length - both

spite of

Volts

.2

you not compare K-Line's Santa Fe FA-2 with Lionel's FA-2 from the Super Chief set?

tion, the differences

yellow.

6

pull:

It's

and

Performance: 1 1

Some products

out for comparison.

electronic reversing unit, dual can motors, operating cou-

at rear. Color: silver, red,

stubby length.

tent derailment problems, likely related to the traction

tires.

The low speed range

is

comparable, bin

K-Line's gearing allows for a higher top speed.

The K-Line motors draw

slightly less current.

Both units feature electronic reverse units and a single bulb in the cab for the headlight and interior illumination.

couplers in front and

The

Both have operating

dummies

K-Line's drawbar pull

in the back.

24 ounces.

is

Lionel's was tested at 18. Perhaps the

main

area where K-Line's loco definitely excels is decoration. The "plain Jane" look oi Lionel's

economy model

pales next to the fanciei look

of the K-Line, which has yellow and black side stripes

and a more complete warbonnet.

Neither one has the prototypically correct truck sideframes. Lionel's looks like an

EMD

based on an

AAR

type,

while K-Line's

is

design. Unfortunately, the models are of an

Both engines are powered by can motors on the front and rear trucks, and both use traction tires. We experienced intermit-

Alco.

Original

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Diesel

FT (AA)

Road Name (also

New York

(original release):

Central

1602,1603

Roster Number:

Santa Fe)

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

MSRP: $349.95 traditional,

Catalog Number:

18160,18163

Greenberg

CP

Price:

S449.95 Command-equipped Prototype Information:

This 1,350 h.p. locomotive was the

rounded nose and streamlined but between 1939 and 1945. Features:

first to

feature the now-famous gently

utilitarian carbody. Electro-Motive sold

Two can motors, RailSounds,

headlight, TrainMaster

command

almost 1,100 of them

control,

stamped

steel

frame, plastic body.

Length: 26

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 3

Performance:

in. (.AA)

lbs.,

(powered unit only) radius: 0-27

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

This

pull:

is

the

it

first

rails.

its

debut for

two years. close

to

detail

is

scale

a nice-looking model, very

is

proportions, the

amount of

only moderate for the price range. are not lighted, the horns

and the rooftop grills are not seethrough. There are nose grab irons and clear portholes, though. Major detail points are present and the tooling is well executed. are plastic,

The cab interior is bare, but illuminated. The paint job and decoration are very good. Overall performance is comparable to a benchmark postwar F3 in speed, but slightly less in drawbar pull - yet the FT should pull roughly 84 pieces of modern rolling stock. The RailSounds diesel sounds are excellent

Of special note

13.6

12.0

1.5

40.9

18.0

1.7

73.5

MPH

features an

ElectroCoupler and

directional lighting, but in a way both features

are only half there, most notably in

mode. There units. So,

this

The number boards

as usual.

The FT

time the leg-

was originally cataloged in 1998,

delays in production held back

While

Scale

1.2

5 oz.

1 lb.,

endary FT has been made for three

Although

Amps

8.9

Volts

10 oz.

is

is

no

electric tether

although the powered unit's lighting

directional, the

dummy

The ElectroCoupler the

command

between the

dummv

is

unit's

is

always on.

on the powered

unit -

has a conventional magnetic cou-

These compromises seem strange. instruction manual suggests, in command mode, running the A\ units with pler.

Lionel's

the

dummy in

the lead. This better utilizes the

ElectroCoupler but negates front-end directional lighting. Worse,

pushing the

dummv A

unit simply invites derailments.

are rev-ups as the loco

climbs an incline, and the compressor spurts

when running

at

low speed.

Original September,

46

2000 (Bob

Keller

and

CTT Review;

Neil Besougloff)

Diesel

GP9

Road Name

(original release):

Southern

Pacific

New York

Central,

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Roster Number:

2380

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $299.95

Greenberg

18563, 18562

$210.00

Price:

Prototype Information: The EMD General Purpose diesel locomotives, known affectionately as "Geeps," were legendary performers in the second half of the Twentieth Century. Almosl ever) American railroad used them for everything from yard switching to freight and passenger sei vice Features:

Pullmor motor, Magne-Traction, Railsounds, Command-equipped, directional headlight,

and couplers.

strobe light, metal trucks

Length: 14

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 3

Minimum Drawbar *The above

in.

lbs.,

results were from

Scale

1.4

45.1

12.0

1.4

75.4

16.3

2.1

138.3

8.9

radius: 0-31

pull:

Amps

Performance:* Volts

5 oz.

12 oz.

using

ZW power.

The average low

scale speed

MPH

using the TrainMaster system was

13.3 m.p.h.

Selected Comments:

the-art

The

Lionel took a 40-year-old

up a bit, and added state-ofelectronics, and the result is just great.

design, spruced

shell

is

it

painted plastic with lettering

neatly applied, over a stamped-steel frame, plastic fuel

On

tank and die-cast metal trucks.

20-plus

and

modern,

straight

The Railsounds audio

is

superb. There's a

very realistic idle tone, air brakes, horn.

and

air

compressor. You'll need to

tery for the

The

the underside, there's a volume-control

knob and switches for selecting Railsounds or SignalSounds and for placing the loco in run or program mode - needed if the TrainMaster

on

free-rolling cars

level track.

It

is

shutdown sounds -

well built,

performs

worth

well

case for this locomotive

ww

is

and

well,

hell.

install a bat-

is

it.

strong.

loaded

with electronic extras.

Command system is to be used. A single Pullmor motor and MagneTraction provide the power. We tested it with a

ZW

and TrainMaster.

In both cases, the 2380

to commands. Operationally, the major difference was the low speed reaction to TrainMaster's pulsed power - a more prototypical 13 m.p.h.

ran smoothly and was responsive

instead of 45.

The drawbar

pull

is

modest, averaging 12

ounces. You won't be pulling stumps with

it,

but the engine should easily handle a train of

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Krllm 47

GP9

Diesel

Road Name

Burlington Northern

(original release):

1704

Roster Number:

(and 20 other road names) Manufacturer:

Original

Red Caboose

MSRP: S395.00

EMD

Prototype Information:

1949.

A little more

than

duction through 1959 and

Features:

introduced the

five years later, is still

the

first

of

Catalog Number:

RC-0015

Greenberg

$329.00

its

"general purpose" (GP) road switchers in

company brought out

AC/DC

the 1,750 h.p. GP9.

One

It

was in pro-

EMD

ever produced.

horizontally

mounted motor

the most popular diesel locomotive

Injection-molded plastic and brass construction.

to all wheels,

Price:

(Kit)

linked

operation, electronic reverse unit, directional headlights, two coupler-shank

lengths available.

N/A

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 3

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

rate scale

model.

This

is

radius:

pull:

Not Specified

6 oz.

all

and accu-

of the details

of the prototype. The exhaust fans rotate when you blow on them, and the cab windows open and close. The side and end railings are made of flexible plastic, so there is litde danger of damaging them when handling this handsome locomotive. Since the model track,

it

is

is

Amps

Volts

6

a beautiful

has almost

It

Performance:

lbs., 1 oz.

designed to run on

Scale

.5

5.3

9

.8

33.7

12

1.0

40.4

15

1.4

65.5

a disappointment to

manv

MPH

operators. This

represents a train of about a dozen mixed vintage cars.

The Red Caboose GP9 is an excellent examdone to mix the beauty of a scale model with the ease of hi-rail operation. ple of what can be

hi-rail

furnished with Lionel-compatible

couplers. For the couplers to swing far

enough

to negotiate tight curves, they have to stick out

a bit

far.

But

this leaves the front

skirt intact, so all

end fender

of the details are present.

The GP9 is powered by a horizontallv mounted Pittman AC/DC motor in the center of the frame. Drive shafts on either end of the motor connect are powered.

to the trucks. All of the wheels

A QSI

reversing unit controls the

and the headlights. The model's speed performance

direction

is

very

close to the range of the prototype. But the

drawbar pull of onlv

six

ounces may come

as

Original September,

48

1

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994 Tom Rollo) (

Diesel

GP38-2

Road Name

BNSF

(original release):

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: k-Line Classic

MSRP: $333.00

Original

Prototype Information: This 2,000 h.p. locomotive

duced

Can motor, horn, and silver. Length:

Vital Statistics:

Greenberg

CP

Price:

exceptionally popular, with

more than

,800 pro-

1

153* in.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

This

Performance:

radius: 0-31

a rugged, scale-like

locomotive, replete with fine detail. External details include illuminated

number

marker

lights

boards, a radio antenna, horns,

and bell,

fold-down steps at both ends for multiple-unit operation,

screens

rings, adjustable side vents,

lift

made

and

of photoetched metal at the

There are two figures

and a

in the cab,

Geep even exhaust fans on top,

shield hides the can motor. This

powered rotating

adding a unique touch

The applied.

heritage

The

but in normal

The horn

to the operation.

paint

scheme

lighting looks nice in

room

light,

it

is

dim

neatly light,

appears dim.

leaves a great deal to

be desired -

it has a traditional sounding electronic bleat which is out of place on so fine an engine. However, K-Line has announced that it is developing a sound system, and upgrades will be available. The engine performance was smooth in all speed ranges. It should be able to pull 90 mod-

We

Amps

Volts

lbs.

pull: 2.2 lbs.

is

offering

directional lighting, die-cast metal trucks. Color: orange, dark green,

Weight: 4.7

offers

K241 1-2099

North American railroads since 1972. The GP38-2 was actually a retro concept, less power but without the high maintenance of a diesel turbocharger.

Features:

rear.

Catalog Number:

for

slightly

gold,

is

2099

Scale

6.8

1.0

12.0

1.2

88.8

18.0

1.9

129.0

MPH

31.8

tested the unit with the Lionel Train-

as well as the MRC DualPower 027 and the MTH Z-4000 transformers. There were no unexpected operating characteristics

Master and ZW,

we got to the MTH Z-4000. The manufacturer advises thai

until

there ma) he

a slight flow of voltage to the track even

the Z-4000's throttle lexers are

enough

to

keep the Geep's reverse

when

1'his

oil.

unit

was

from

We put a Williams heavyweight illuminated car on the track with the engine to draw

cycling.

off

some of

this

current leakage, and

reverse unit worked.

the

(Perhaps Mill should

pack one of those with ever) Z-4000 they sell.) As with some other K-Line diesels we tested,

we noticed

a rumbling sound from die reverse

nudged

unit below 6 volts. As the voltage was

upward, the noise vanished. This is a well-made scale-like model anything on the market

rugged

as

detail

pleasing,

is

the engine

make

I

that

is

as

lie level oJ

and the operating qualities oi it a good freight hauler.

ern, free-rolling cars.

Original

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49

GP38-2

Diesel

Road Name (also

(original release):

Baltimore

&

Southern

4823/4835

Roster Number:

Pacific

Ohio, Conrail, Delaware

&

Hudson, Lehigh Valley, Reading, Santa Fe Seaboard Coast Line, Union Pacific)

Weaver

Manufacturer:

Original

MSRP: $250.00

Catalog Number:

7530

Greenberg

$180.00

Price:

From its introduction in 1972 until the end of production in 1980, 1,545 made and sold in both the domestic and foreign locomotive markets. Virtually every

Prototype Information:

GP38-2s were

major and most minor roads an ideal prototype. Features: Scale

in the

United States have rostered GP38-2s

at

some

point,

making

this

proportions, can motor-equipped.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 15Kin. Weight: 2

Minimum Drawbar

lbs.,

Performance:

9 oz.

radius:

pull:

0-42

1 lb.,

3 oz.

Volts

Amps

Scale

6.7

0.50

5.6

10.0

1.25

43.2

12.0

1.50

65.7

17.9

2.50

106.0

MPH

Although Lionel offers a (it's also been called a now we've been missing a

Selected Comments:

model of the GP38 GP38-2), until

model of

detailed

this

go-anywhere, do-any-

Now Weaver

thing workhorse.

through with flying

colors.

has

The engine

come is

an

accurate scale model of the prototype, and captures

The

all

it

the visible external features.

handrails

and couplers need

to

be

installed before putting the loco into service.

These parts are packed separately to prevent damage during shipping. With a maximum draw of 2.5 amps, Weaver's Geep ran nicely over our test track. From a realistic switching speed of 5 scale m.p.h. to a manifest freight speed of 106, this engine can handle any assignment the dispatcher dishes out. The drawbar pull of more than a pound equates to 85 free-rolling cars on straight, level track.

Whether you're shopping

for a mainline

freight engine or a yard switcher, Weaver's

GP38-2

is

a

good choice.

Original December. 1995

(S.

VI 1 Review;

Marshall Poindexter)

Diesel

GP60M

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

Roster Number:

(Premier)

MSRP: $399.95

Prototype Information:

modal

Santa Fe

(original release):

Catalog Number:

20-2180

Greenberg

CP

Price:

bought 63 GP60Ms to power some of its hottest interwarbonnet paint scheme, the 3,800 h.p. units ramrodded a licet

In 1990, the Santa Fe

Decked out

trains.

157

in the

of piggyback trains that arguably kept the Santa Fe in the black. Features:

Two

motors, ProtoSound, directional lighting. Color: red, yellow, and

Length: 15^

Vital Statistics:

Volts

Amps

10.0

2.7

0-31

12.0

2.8

32.2

pull: 1.95 lbs.

18.0

3.1

141.3

Weight: 4.1

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

superb.

The

The

in.

Performance:

lbs.

radius:

tooling

side screens are

on

this

model

made from

mesh, and the frames for the top cooling fans

beneath the screens. The model's fuel tank matches the shortened tank as shown in the prototype photos.

The paint job is first rate. The historic warbonnet looks great, and the lettering is all clear and in place. This loco has plenty of

light,

lights,

lights:

constant

volt-

accurately off-center head-

and illuminated

cab.

The

reverse lights

mounted inside the body. The trucks appear to be an older style EMD truck, rather than the more modern type on

are

the prototype.

The most obvious difference between the GP60 and the GP60M is the latter's wide-nosed cab. The model depicts this accurately, but overall,

it

is

On

is

fine

look good. There are free-turning fan blades

age ditch

silver.

It

Scale

MPH

31.4

the test track, the unit performed well.

ran a bit roughly in the lower ranges, and

from time to time it seemed as if the motors were fighting each other. This should smooth out with running time. The draw on our test track was between 2.7 and 3.1 amps. This seems a bit high and may have something to do with the fighting motors

mentioned above. The Protosound includes cab the general diesel sounds were

chatter.

fairly

While

ordinary,

the startup and shutdown sounds were neat.

Our sample had a defective The inside of the knuckle had a

rear coupler.

ridge of flash

from mating properly. A pass file would probably fix it This interesting model of a unique lo< omotive should appeal to operators looking lot East power for their intermodal trains, and anyone that blocked

it

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two with a round

who

likes the old

warbonnet.

a scale 7 feet shorter than the

prototype.

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51

H-10-44

Diesel

Road Name

Chicago

(original release):

&

North

1053

Roster Number:

Western (and Frisco, Milwaukee Road, New York Central, Pennsy, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific,

Union

Pacific)

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

(Premier)

MSRP: $349.00

Prototype Information:

Catalog Number:

20-2078

Greenberg

$640.00

Price:

The Fairbanks-Morse opposed-piston diesel engine was so successful in powWar II that the company decided to adapt it to peace-

ering U.S. Navy submarines during World

time use in the railroad industry. This resulted in a line of diesel locomotives, starting with the

H-10-44 in 1944.

Features:

A total

of 227 of these 1,000 h.p. engines were

built.

Operating remote couplers, sound system, prototypically slow speed.

Vital Statistics:

Length:

N/A

W eight:

4

7

lbs.,

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

9 oz.

radius: 0-31

pull:

1 lb.,

11 oz.

For years, O gauge railroadwere forced to switch cars using engines that ran too fast or couldn't pull a decent load.

Volts

Scale

7

7.5

10

33.2

15

46.8

18

62.0

MPH

Selected Comments:

With good looks and a drawbar

ers

81 free-rolling freight cars, this engine will be

With this model, MTH delivers the power and performance your yard crew needs.

The model tion of the

FM

is

a faithful

switcher.

A

O

pulling mainline sendee on

pull equal to

many

O

gauge

railroads.

scale reproduc-

check of prototype

measurements confirmed the dimensions. It looks tall - taller than a Lionel F3 - but

FM diesel was an opposed-piston had to be considerably taller than the EMD 567 model found in early F units. The lettering and detailing are perfect. The sound system is available with an interestbecause the engine,

it

communibrakeman and the engieven announces when it's time to

ing "cab chatter" effect, featuring cations between the neer.

It

"head for beans." Performance was silkv smooth, even maneuvering through 022 switches without a hitch. Operating couplers are a real plus. The heavy weight and great performance don't limit this beast to within the yard

limits.

Original July,

52

GIT Review;

1995 (Marty McGuirk)

Diesel

H-24-66 Train Master

Road Name

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

8699

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $469.95

Greenberg

Price:

18307 $350.00

Prototype Information: The Train Master was a big, beefy workhorse locomotive produced In Fairbanks-Morse in the early 1950s. For some reason, it didn't live up to its full potential and was

overshadowed by engines from other producers. popular than the prototype.

A

Lionel postwar model of

it

was probabl) more

Features: Injection-molded plastic and sheet-metal construction, two vertically mounted worm-drive motors, diesel horn, electronic reverse, twin headlights. Color: Brunswick green and gold.

Vital Statistics:

Length:

N/A

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

the

Performance:

lbs.,

radius: 0-31

pull: 1 lb., 13 oz.

For the 40th anniversary of

introduction of the

first

Lionel Train

Master in 1954, the company reissued the

model in Pennsylvania livery. The Brunswick green color

is

authentic for

the nine Train Masters the Pennsy owned.

Unfortunately,

on our sample, the color

didn't

cover the inside of the exhaust stacks completely, so a little

Volts

11 oz.

of the gray body shell color

is

showing. Other distinctive features are black-

diesel

horn

horn

Amps

6.7

2.0

Scale

MPH

0.4

8.0

2.3

43.6

12.0

2.3

148.8

15.0

2.3

327.3

that works with the no. 6-5906

control.

It

can be deactivated with

a

under the loco. Magne-Traction provides an impressive drawbar pull that translates into a train of

switch

more than 50 mixed-vintage cars. Put all this together and yon have

a

mm

dependable workhorse. Lionel can still out an excellent O gauge locomotive, as the return of this classic indicates.

ened handrails and a radio antenna. Foil reflectors reflect

above each headlight bulb

heat and light downward so the body

doesn't warp. The bulbs have clip-on brackets which can dislodge during shipping. Check

yours before operating the engine.

Our sample was more responsive than postwar models at the low speed range - it crept along at 6.5 volts. We didn't go above 15 volts, because at that level the loco had a scale speed of 327.

A

It

was almost airborne!

pair of vertically

mounted worm gear

motors power the engine.

It

has an electronic

Original September,

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Review;

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Rollo)

53

NW2

Diesel

Road Name

Seaboard

(original release):

Original

MSRP: $499.95

Prototype Information: fairly close to

1954.

It

Features:

.Although originally based

the prototype in scale, this

model

Pullmor motor, Magne-Traction,

1 1

Weight: 3

full

Greenberg

$475.00

Price:

EMD

upon an

design for

its

NW2

switcher,

Performance:

updated with

technology.

radius:

0-27

pull: .85 lbs.

all

the latest electronic

The locomotive

is

not an exact

copy of the original from the 1950s, but Lionel's

prototype

The

close.

NW2 is itself a fairly good copy of a EMD switcher - very nearly exact level

of detail the original Lionel

Corporation committed

to

this

engine

is

commendable. Like the original, this switcher

model. The shell

is

crisp

is

a top-of-

and

clean,

with only a few subde changes in the tooling.

some details, such as bolts and hinges, more pronounced on the new engine because the paint isn't quite as thick. The wire and the circular radio volume control. The die-cast metal frame and truck sideframes are flawless. The decoration is immaculate, far better than the original. The same goes for the lettering and herald. The Railsounds system is the crown jewel of this locomotive. It has a bell and a MultiHorn

MPH

29.9

12.0

2.1

98.0

18.0

2.4

159.6

But what about performance? The new version's average

low speed was a brisk 25.9 scale

m.p.h., with 159.6

on the high end. We noted would occasionally derail

that a string of cars

when pushed through

switches by the 6250 -

probably due to the jack-rabbit starting speed

and the very light contemporary rolling stock. Drawbar pull is on the anemic side. There was a bit of lurching going over sections of Atlas track, where electrical connecwere

tions

as a Railsounds

Scale

1.7

electrocouplers, a real plus for a switcher.

rollers

terrific,

Amps

8.6

sound effects. Lionel's TrainMaster system is needed to access all of its features, such as the

are

handrails are

die-cast frame, plastic

function, allowing for several different horn

Actually,

antenna serves

Volts

9 oz.

Selected Comments: This is from Lionel's Postwar Celebration series, a re-creation of a classic product from a bygone time, made the old

less

on both

would minimize this. fault could be the track here. There is an audible

Admittedly, ascribed to

than perfect. Having pickup trucks

some of the

clicking noise caused by an axle attachment

sound system. you missed the 6250 the first time around, here is a chance to buy a new model that replicates the design and quality of the original, yet comes equipped with the latest in that tracks r.p.m.s for the If

high-tech gadgets.

Origiiuil

September,

54

and

an updated version of a postwar Lionel loco from

sound and control packages,

in.

lbs.,

Minimum Drawbar

the-line

18582

and orange.

Length:

Vital Statistics:

scale.

is

Catalog Number:

even has the same number!

body. Color: blue

way, but

6250

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Switcher

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

Diesel

PA1

Road Name

New York

(original release):

Central,

Roster Number:

2000/2000

Santa Fe Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $299.95

A

Unit,

Greenberg

1

8953/ 8952 1

$220.00

Price:

$334 B Unit w/RailSounds

The Alco PA was one of the more

Prototype Information:

The model

represents the DPA-2

class,

which pulled

distinctive designs to

fast

New York

come out of the

I

9

l(k.

Central passenger trains from

1948 until they were retired in 1962.

Two Pullmor motors, B unit.

Features:

able in

Vital Statistics:

Length: 16.5

(A Unit)

Weight: 4.7

Minimum Drawbar

its

PA

in.

Performance:

radius:

0-31

pull: 2.1 lbs.

in 1992, only

The current control

and

Command

stripped-down

model of The digital

RailSounds, called SignalSounds.

roar of a diesel might be missing, but the unit delivers a prototypical

the control button

is

horn

blast every time

pushed, rather than the

traditional buzz of a "toy train" horn. Full

RailSounds can be added with the B

The PA model most major rotors cast

and a

unit.

duplicates the prototype in

and has simulated fan into the fan exhaust grate. Other details

details include

metal horns, wire handrails,

nicely detailed grill along the sides.

The

cab holds an engineer figure.

The

paint

and

12.0

2.0

60.5

17.1

2.0

110.1

improved only

version features

a

lettering are flawless.

appearance of the models could have been

if

avail-

MPH

15.6

Lionel had

The only notable

numbered them

shell imperfections

are two slight dimples on the nose top caused by internal screw supports. You might want to take a look before you bin.

The engine is equipped with a good power package - two Pullmor Direct motors and traction tires - delivering quiet, smooth pei foi mThe speed range was good in our tests, and the drawbar pull was adequate to satisf) most expectations. The engine does have a big overhang on tight curves, so you'll have to keep an eye on your trackside scenery and accessories during the maiden voyage. When operated with an ance.

LW

transformer,

the speaker generated

i

creaking noise, possibly from vibration, al lower speeds. This disappeared once the

speed increased. Lionel's effort to place a top-qualit) locomotive in

The

Scale

1.4

correctly.

units also available.

Amps

7.0

two versions were

Grande ABA set and an Erie Lackawanna AA. The marketing strategy for the rerun is unique - both New York Central and Santa Fe versions can be had as single A

B

Volts

Lionel originally

offered, a Rio

units, with

Command-equipped; RailSounds

lbs.

When

Selected Comments:

fielded

traction tires, Signal Sounds,

able.

the mid-level price range

The PA1

real thing,

and

is its

is

commend

an excellent rendering

performance

is

Original September,

of the

top notch.

t

1

1

Review;

1998 (Bob

Keller)

55

PA ABA Set

Diesel

Road Name

Rio Grande

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

6001/6002

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $900.00

Greenberg

Price:

18107 $1,150.00

The Alco

Prototype Information:

was one of the more distinct designs to

come out

number of major railmade by General Motors.

of the 1940s. Although a

roads used them, they were no match in popularity for similar units

and metal construction; powered unit includes two can motors; QSI electronic Mars light, RailSounds, operating couplers on A unit noses. Color: vellow and silver.

Features: Plastic

reverse, interior lighting,

D&RGW

Vital Statistics:

Length: 49

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

in.

(ABA)

Performance:

radius: 0-31

pull:

32 oz.

The Lionel Alco PAs

well-tooled, run great,

are

and have plenty of

extra features. Finally, Lionel offers an every-

man

locomotive that

better than

is

its

postwar

PA's looks are stunning. Details are

extremely

Scale

.28

20.58

10

3.0

28.96

12

3.1

48.85

14

3.2

83.92

ABA

set

represents

MPH

another step

towards the ultimate "scaleization" of Lionel. Don't get me wrong - Lionel trains will always

run on

three-rail track with pilots that

swing

wide on ridiculously tight turns. But the

competition.

The

This

Amps

9

Volts

N/A

Weight:

fine, right

down

ism factor

is

real-

gaining on the toy quotient.

to the intake fans,

which actually turn when you blow on them. Doors open and close. Interior lighting is kept

an acceptable minimum, and the number It's a darn cool set! Our samples operated smoothly, though they are amperage hounds. If that's a big concern, you may be displeased, but to most it will be worth the extra juice. We tested the engine in the set configuration, and it's smooth as silk. But the speed range is most unexpected - it's nothing like to

boards illuminate.

the hell-bent frenzy of

The Alcos pull,

some Lionel products.

deliver 32 ounces of

drawbar

equaling 64 mixed-vintage pieces of

rolling stock

on

four traction

tires

straight

do

and

level track.

The

it.

Original

CTT Review;

January, 1993 (Jim Bunte)

56

Diesel

PA ABA Set

Road Name

(and

Southern

Roster Number:

51/53

Central, Pennsy, Southern,

Pacific,

Manufacturer:

Original

Santa Fe

(original release):

New York

Union

MTH

Wabash)

Pacific,

(Premier)

MSRP: $695.00

ABA w/ProtoSound

Catalog Number:

20-2024

Greenberg

$970.00

Price:

Prototype Information: The Alco PA was one of the more distinct designs to come out of the 1940s Although a number of major railroads used them, they were no match in popularity foi similai units made by General Motors.

Features:

reversing,

Injection-molded plastic and sheet metal construction, two can motors, electronic ProtoSound features available. Also sold as A-A consist and without sound.

Length: 48+

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 11

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

radius:

0-31

pull: 3 lbs., 3 oz.

Apart from the obviously

Selected Comments:

oversized wheel flanges

and couplers, these

are scale models - accurate representations of the real thing. sist is

You'll sters.

And

they are big!

more than four

Volts

6 oz. (A-B-A)

lbs.,

The ABA con-

to

Scale MPII

2.4

11.8

10

2.5

43.6

12

2.6

52.0

14

2.6

99.2

boards, engineer figure in both portholes,

and roof fans

A

units, clear

(though

that turn

not powered).

The

trains

come

with an easy-to-undei stand

12-page instruction booklet.

feet long.

need a large layout

Amps

8

run these mon-

Nevertheless, they are designed for 0-31

curves.

Our

Of course,

there's a lot of overhang.

numbers reflect the powered unit with two dummies in tow. Even at that the amperage draw wasn't excessive. With traction tires on both trucks, the engine registered a drawbar pull of 51 ounces. It should have no test

trouble pulling a long string of cars.

Although available without ProtoSound, the ProtoSound-equipped units earn' the following features:

DCRU

reverse unit, horn, bell,

remote-control coil-wound couplers (front of

both

A

units

only),

self-charging battery

backup system, reverse unit lockout, and remote-controlled adjustable diesel volume.

Other features include operating Mars light, directional lighting,

illuminated

number

Original

'

I

I

Review;

November, 1994 (Dick Christiansen)

57

RDC-1 and RDC-2

Diesel

Road Name

&

Baltimore

(original release):

Ohio,

9920 and 9932/191 and 192

Roster Number:

Santa Fe Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

(RailKing)

MSRP: $279.95 w/sound, $179.95

w/horn

Catalog Number:

30-2144-0/30-2145-0

Greenberg

CP

These RDCs were Budd's answer

Prototype Information:

Price:

to the railroads'

need

to lower the cost of

passenger service in postwar America. They were self-contained units, which could be run individually or in multiple lashups,

up

the cars at speeds

Features:

Two can

Weight: 6

Drawbar

Selected Comments:

O

in.

lbs.,

Minimum

of the

(each unit)

radius:

0-31

pull: 3.4 lbs.

gauge

models

three-rail

thanks

Marx, K-Line, and Williams. The

RailKing duo comprises an all-coach RDC-1

and a baggage/coach RDC-2. In spite of being compressed into 64 scale feet, as opposed to the 85-foot prototypes,

MTH's

design captures

the look of the real thing.

The is

tooling of the aluminum-colored units

excellent.

smooth

We

as silk,

Performance:

13 oz. (both units)

RDC have been around for years,

to Lionel,

service.

noted no flaws - sides are and the detail areas rendered

horn-only

MPH

13.9

12.0

1.4

77.1

18.0

1.7

127.6

in evidence.

holiday displays or even performing com-

muter service on a hi-rail line. These models should appeal railroaders,

who

to

O

gauge

(like the real railroads in the

1960s) primarily want to haul freight, but feel

service.

the

Scale

1.0

The minimum curvature is 0-31, but there is some overhang. Suffice it to say, the wider your curves, the better the RDCs will look gliding around them. They look right at home on

Decoration

We examined

Amps

8.0

motor noise was

they have to

simple, but well done.

Volts

except at the high speed end, where some

texture that can be felt with the fingertip. is

diesel engines propelled

motors, directional lighting, ProtoSound or digital horn. Color: aluminum.

Length: 16

Vital Statistics:

depending upon demand. A pair of 275 h.p. Popular and durable, many are still in

to 85 m.p.h.

make

a final attempt at passenger

version.

Performance-wise, the units work well in pas-

senger service, but with the dual can motors, there's

enough punch

to

double

as freight

haulers on layouts lending themselves to

The drawbar pull is equal about 128 modern free-rolling pieces of

mixed-train service. to

what the protowould pull. The two motors delivered excellent performance - they ran very quietly rolling stock, far in excess of

types

Original

CTT Review;

January, 2000 (Bob

58

Keller)

RDC

Diesel

Road

Name

Baltimore

Pennsy

(original release):

&

Ohio,

New York

(also

Amtrak,

Roster Number:

420,421,422

Central, Santa Fe,

Southern Pacific) Manufacturer: Williams

MSRP: (3-car set) $368.00 w/True Sounds,

Original

w/o

$299.00

Catalog Number:

BC204

Greenberg

$220.00/$200.00

Price:

it

RDCs were Budd's answer

to the railroads' need to lower the cost of passenThey were self-contained units, which could be run individually or multiple lashups, depending upon demand. A pair of 275 h.p. diesel engines propelled the cars speeds up to 85 m.p.h. Popular and durable, many are still in service.

Prototype Information:

ger service in postwar America. in at

Injection-molded plastic and sheet metal construction, two flywheel-equipped can motors,

Features:

electronic reverse.

Length: 16

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected

Comments:

Performance:

in.

radius: 0-31

pull: 2 lbs., 3 oz.

The tooling is crisp and the model is good. The scale

overall look of the

speed range

is

about 102.

to

good, running from 10 m.p.h.

One amazing

feature of the

smooth-running powered unit, attributable to traction tires on the inboard wheelsets of each truck,

is

Volts

5 oz. (powered)

lbs.,

a drawbar pull of 2

lbs.,

Amps

Scale

MPH

9.7

5.5

1.0

8.0

1.2

52.0

12.0

1.4

102.3

All three units feature operating couplers at

both ends. If

you are

in the

Williams units ing

market for RDCs, these

may be just what you

are look-

for.

13 oz. (Just

think of the freight train you could pull with

your RDC!)

The

three-car set

we

tested consisted of nos.

sound and 422, a dummy. Running the three units together, the ammeter registered 3 amps at 7 volts; at greater voltages, the 3-amp meter 420, the dual can-motored unit; 421, the trailer;

topped out. Dual motors, three

lights in

each

and electronic sound eat up the juice. Our set came equipped with a three-position electronic reversing unit and the Williams True Sounds option. The digital sound runs at car,

low speed until 9.5 volts at that

is

applied to the track;

point the sound chip simulates high

speed running. There is also conversation between the engineer and dispatcher.

Original

CIY Review;

January, 1995 (Dick Christianson) 59

Diesel

RS-3

Road Name

(Black

Pacific

Weaver

Manufacturer:

Original

Southern

(original release):

5447

Roster Number:

Widow Scheme)

MSRP: $225.00

Catalog Number:

N/A

Greenberg

$180.00

Price:

The RS-3 was an early version of Alco's "road switcher" concept of a general The Alco RS series was no match for EMD's Geep, which outsold them handily.

Prototype Information: utility

locomotive.

Features:

Injection-molded plastic and metal construction, Pittman can motor, traction

dummy couplers,

tional lighting,

Length: 13K

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 2

Minimum Drawbar

Amps

Scale

6

.60

7.2

0-42

8

.80

27.5

4

10

.85

40.4

12

.95

55.5

16

1.20

96.3

Performance:

in.

8 oz.

lbs.,

radius:

pull: 1 lb.,

oz.

Selected Comments:

claim big

it

has

name

Weaver's ads for the RS-3 - "double pulling power" - a

DPP

for a simple

and

trusted concept:

They sent us one with the Southern Pacific "Black W idow" paint scheme for testing. It looks great. This model is a three-rail version of an O scale model that has been around for five years. As such, its thin shell and lacy T

make

it

hands. This train

is

The locomotive Pittman

a bit too delicate for

little

for adults.

gets

can motor.

its

A

power from a Dallee

large

electronic

Volts

happiest running With a consist in

direc-

MPH

in the 8- to 10-volt range. tow,

it

should operate very

smoothly.

One

traction tires.

handrails

tires,

electronic E-unit.

thing that could be redesigned

roller pickup.

We

with pickups snagging

And why

the

is

the

experienced some problems

on our

dummy

sectional track.

couplers?

Though

Weaver's roots are in the scale market, they

produce the best O gauge knuckle coupler on the market today. Yet, those couplers don't appear on their domestic motive power. Even so, this is a dynamite locomotive that belongs on every hi-rail layout.

reverse unit handles sequencing duties with silent reliability.

A small

drive shaft

to a vertical chain-drive

powers the long-hood truck. shaft transfers

has traction

power

is

attached

mechanism, which

An

articulated

to the rear truck,

which

tires.

Our sample produced 20 ounces

of pulling

power. That equals 40 mixed-vintage cars on straight

and

level track.

speed range -

it

The model has

a

good

creeps along nicely, but was

Original April,

60

CFF Review;

1992 (Jim Bunte)

Diesel

RS-11/RSD-12

Road Name

Lehigh Valley

(original release):

7643

Roster Number:

(and others; see text below)

Weaver

Manufacturer:

Original

MSRP: $299 w/sound, $259

Prototype Information:

Two can motors,

Features:

of

w/o sound

Alco's 1,800 h.p. DL-701

EMD's GP7 and GP9, but

steel

1401/1501 (6-wheel)

Catalog Number:

Greenberg

CP

Price:

and DL-702, introduced in 1956, designed to rival Only about 500 sold, compared to 4,000 Geeps.

didn't score very well.

directional lighting, illuminated

number

boards, plastic body, stamped-

frame, die-cast trucks, optional sound system. Newly designed headlight actually casts a

beam

light.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 14K

Selected Comments:

12.0

1.8

83.8

2.5

128.4

The model

captures the

and grab irons are

in place.

We exam-

ined a Lehigh Valley unit and found the tooling flawless and the decoration superb.

locomotive has a nice heft to

it

and

The

feels very

The Alco has bell,

a great-sounding

somewhat

plain

and generic.

A remarkable

feature

is

the newly designed

beam of -a worthy innovation that

headlight that actually casts a focused light

down

the track

others will have to emulate.

built, nicely detailed,

Hudson, Lehigh Valley, New Haven, New York Central, New York

horn and

but the diesel sound system comes off as

Both the four-axle RS-11 and the six-axle RSD-12 are available undecorated and in Chesapeake & Ohio, Chicago & North

&

MPH

28.8

1.4

solidly constructed.

Western, Delaware

Scale

18.0

5.2

lbs.,

general lines of the prototype. All of the doors, hatches,

Amps

Volts

pull: 1 lb., 8 oz.

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

lOKoz. radius: 0-31

Weight: 4

Weaver's model has a lot to

them, and has a

size

home on many

offer. It is well

performs with the best of

and shape

that will look at

layouts - particularly those

modeling the steam-to-diesel

transition period.

Central lightning stripe, Nickel Plate Road,

Norfolk Pacific,

8c

Western, Pennsylvania, Southern

and Union

Pacific

road names. They

are also available in multiple road numbers.

The locomotive demonstrates

a

good speed

range and performs smoothly throughout, thanks to an efficient flywheel. There's a lot of reserve

power

built in.

The model should

pull

70 modern pieces of rolling stock without

much

effort.

Original

CTT Review;

May, 2000 (Bob

Keller)

61

SD9

Diesel

Road Name

Chessie System

(original release):

&

(and Burlington, Denver

Roster Number:

1831

Rio Grande Western,

Nickel Plate, Pennsy, Southern Pacific)

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

(Premier)

MSRP: $379.00 w/sound,

20-2108

Greenberg

$600.00

Price:

w/o sound

$299.00

Prototype Information:

Motors

Catalog Number:

in late 1953.

Features: Diesel

A successor to the SD7, the SD9 road switcher was A total of 471 of these 1,750 h.p. units were sold.

introduced by General

exhaust, operating remote couplers, ProtoSounds optional. Color: yellow, orange,

dark blue. Length: 17

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

Volts

radius:

0-31

pull: 2 lbs., 15.6 oz.

This model measures within

dimenwith underbody

inches of the prototype in every

critical

and

Scale

.75

8.2

10

1.25

23.9

15

1.50

68.4

18

2.00

106.1

Once power

MPH

applied,

smoke

pours out of the two exhaust

stacks.

delightful.

literally

Amps

8

2 oz.

is

some liberties details, pilot front, and steps common to all toy trains had to be taken. Other than that, this is an accurate scale model of EMD's first-

There's an on/off switch for the smoke unit

generation, six-axle road switcher.

The diesel exhaust and ProtoSounds may seem to indicate the SD9 relies on gimmicks. Nothing is further from the truth. Here's an engine that doesn't need mirrors and smoke to earn a place on any roster.

sion. Naturally,

Our sample model was

nicely painted

and

lettered for the Chessie System, with clear sep-

arations between colors tering.

The number

and

easy-to-read

accurately reflects

bers applied to Chessie SD9s

when

repainted from their original

B&O

The SD9 shared

the

let-

num-

under the engine, so you can stop if

your train room

starts to

it

for a while

resemble a fog-

locked harbor.

they were colors.

same exceptional oper-

ating characteristics demonstrated by other

MTH scale-sized locomotives. The speed range of 8 to 106 scale m.p.h.

is

within the acceptable

range. With a drawbar pull close to three

pounds,

it

should be able to pull 140 freight

cars of the straight

and

modern,

free-rolling variety

on

level track.

In addition to the

ProtoSounds option, our that's new - simu-

sample included a feature lated diesel exhaust.

The

effect

is

entertaining

Original

CTT Review;

March, 1996 (Marty McGuirk)

62

Diesel

SD45

Road Name (also

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Union

Manufacturer:

MTH

(RailKing)

MSRP: $229.95 w/sound,

Original

6176

Roster Number:

Pacific)

Catalog Number:

30-2153-1

Greenberg

$210.00

Price:

$129.95 w/horn only

C-C truck diesel took America by storm. More than and 1975. But because of high maintenance costs, this 20-cylinder engine did not measure up favorably against the 3,000 h.p. SD40, so the emphasis and popularity shifted to the less expensive unit. However, many SD45s are still in service today. Prototype Information: This successful 3,600 h.p.,

1,600 were sold between 1965

Features:

Two can

motors, nondirectional headlights, ProtoSound system. Color: Brunswick green

on Pennsylvania model. Length:

Vital Statistics:

N/A

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

version

is

The

Performance:

6.5

radius: 0-31

pull: 2 lbs.

MTH RailKing O gauge

a nice downsizing of this classic sec-

It is a good- looking model, made smaller for tight-radius opera-

ond-generation diesel.

tion,

but done so in good proportion.

well-balanced. However,

Volts

6 oz.

lbs.,

it

It

looks

Amps 1.0

Scale

MPH

12.2

12.0

1.4

80.2

18.0

2.1

127.4

The two pounds of drawbar move 120 modern pieces of rolling

127 scale m.p.h. pull should

stock

on

level track.

This SD45 RailKing

is

a

welcome addition

to

the

fleet.

definitely looks out

of place with scale-like cars.

The simple one-color

scheme

paint

smoothly applied. Lettering

is

is

clear.

This plastic-bodied engine has die-cast trucks

and couplers, and metal

The

tooling

detailing

is

is

handrails.

very well done.

The

plenty of simulated hatches the roof detail

is

sparse.

nated, although there

The headlight

is

of

and hinges, but

The cab

no

level

There are

respectable, yet basic.

is

illumi-

interior detail.

isn't directional.

The sound

system offers brake squeals, engine revs, and

the usual array of idle and acceleration sounds.

The

and the

freight yard

and horn are loud and clear, sound feature is fun. Our sample engine delivered good performance in all speed ranges, from about 12 to bell

Original February,

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

63

SD50

Diesel

Road Name

&

Denver

(original release):

5512

Roster Number:

Rio Grande Western Manufacturer: Lionel

MSRP: $665.95 w/RailSounds,

Original

$595.95

18221

Catalog Number:

Greenberg

$475.00

Price:

w/o RailSounds

Prototype Information:

The

SD50s were delivered

first

to the

Kansas City Southern in May, 1981. Early

production units were rated at 3,500 h.p. After delivery of 60 units to the Missouri Pacific in

December, 1984, the horsepower rating was increased SD50s in late 1984.

Command-control equipped, working ditch

Features:

Grande

N/A

Length:

Weight: 4

Drawbar

This

Selected Comments:

uct available with that the

4

0-31

pull: 2 lbs., 11 oz.

the

is

first

command

Lionel prod-

control.

This

model can be run anywhere on on

a layout without having to switch blocks

The TrainMaster Command Control

off.

system

is

needed

tures. Place this

out,

and

it

command

to enjoy the

SD50 on

handles

fea-

a conventional lay-

like every

handling 86

2.2

10.9

15.0

3.0

131.3

17.0

3.0

164.3

O

gauge freight cars on

It's

watch and

really neat to

locomotive as

The Lionel SD50

best described as a

is

same the company's SD60M. The

frame and drive

as

only visible difference

is

shares the

It

straight,

erates onto the main, out. Better

still,

listen to this

idles in a passing siding, accel-

it

and

with the

travels

over the

command

control

laysys-

tem, you can follow the loco around the layout.

What

the

new Lionel SD50 model

under the hood may very

stand-in of the prototype.

MPH

level track.

other Lionel

locomotive.

Scale

7.7

oz.

radius:

Amps

Volts

Performance:

lbs.,

Minimum

and

motors. Color: black and Rio

lights, twin

vellow.

Vital Statistics:

means

D&RGW received a total of 17

The

to 3,600.

the toy train hobby. as

RailSounds

II

Command

make

it

hides

well be the future of

control as well

a state-of-the-art loco-

motive, just as the prototype was.

the conventional cab

on the SD50.

We

ran our sample using

command and

conventional control. Performance with both

was almost identical. The speed range meas-

ured between 10 and 165 scale m.p.h. Although prototype SD50s are used for hotshot freights, they

pulling

fast. The amount of

never move quite that

model's two motors give ability.

it

a fair

With a drawbar

three pounds, the

pull of nearly

SD50 should be capable of

Original

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May, 1996 (Marty McGuirk) 64

Diesel

SD60

Road Name

Burlington Northern

(original release):

Catalog Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

9413

Roster Number:

MSRP: $499.95

Command-equipped,

Greenberg

18241

CP

Price:

$399.95 traditional

American railroads ordered more than 530 of these 3,800 h.p. between 1984 and 1991. BN had more than 150 of these units.

Prototype Information:

haulers from

Features:

EMD

Two can

motors, directional lighting and illuminated

Command-equipped. Color: Cascade green, Length:

Vital Statistics:

N/A

Weight: 6

Selected Comments:

radius: 0-31

pull: 2 lbs., 4 oz.

Lionel's

first

SD60 model,

needed

est version

away from

model

for tighter radius curves. This

is

its

lat-

symbolic of Lionel's stepping

roots

and marching toward

railroading. This

is

scale

a formidable piece

The on

tooling

is

superb - no flaws detectable

body - and the paint professionally

this

Power comes from a pair of flywheel can motors and traction tires, instead of the usual Pullmor motors and Magne-Traction. The SD60 has ditch lights and directional lighting, eight add-on grab irons, a deck with diamond traction tread, and even a cab door that opens. Nomenclature notations are accu-

The

Volts

Amps

Scale

7.0

1.4

12.0

1.7

70.0

18.0

1.7

110.1

MPH

12.5

engine a

solid,

deep-throated tone.

The motors ran

very quietly during our test. With the RailSounds turned off, the wheels going over the rail joints made more noise

than the motors. locomotive's speed was excellent and

quite in line with the prototype. pull

is

The drawbar

equal to about 130 modern, free-rolling

on straight and level track. While the SD60 can negotiate 0-31 curves, it looks much

cars

applied.

rately detailed

boards, RailSounds,

placed in the die-cast metal fuel tank, gives the

The

of equipment.

number

black.

Performance:

offered in 1994, had the usual stubby dimensions

and

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

white,

six-axle freight

down

on wider radius track. At the bottom line, this well-detailed performer is a solid contender for the dollars of modern-era operators. better

to the microscopic.

diesel exhaust unit will generate

smoke

at a five-alarm level, particularly in the 18-volt

Command mode. The RailSounds

quality

is

diesel noise aptly reproduced.

superb - the

The

speaker,

Original July,

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

65

SD60M

Diesel

Road Name

Conrail

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

MSRP: $649.95

This

Prototype Information:

Many

EMD

5500

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

18216

Greenberg

$425.00

Price:

product represented 1990s

locomotive design.

state-of-the-art

of the powerful beasts were used in intermodal service.

Features: Plastic

body on a metal frame, two Pullmor motors, operating ditch

lights,

RailSounds

II,

with MultiHorn. Color: Conrail blue with white lettering.

N/A

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

it

radius:

good

lately.

0-31

modem

diesels

There's an ever-

increasing variety of this kind of motive power

Amps

Volts

pull: 2 lbs., 2 oz.

Fans of

Selected Comments:

have had

Performance:

Scale

MPH

10.2

8.2

2.5

10.0

2.8

56.9

12.0

2.6

90.1

15.0

3.0

109.0

lbs.

and slipping in a 9-volt battery, comes out of the box ready to roll. The SD60M is powered by two heavy-duty

safety chains

the engine

available today.

Pullmor motors, capable of pulling a 100-car

model of the prototype SD60M. It is considerably shorter, making the long hood and cab look too wide and giving the engine a chubby appearance that doesn't

freight

capture the long, sleek look of the prototype.

diesel

This

isn't

a scale-sized

The rounded roof

fans look

more

like the

on

straight

The RailSounds should be, since

sound of a

and

level track.

II is it

full-sized

extremely

SD60. The four

sounds have

to

be heard

to

The new MultiHorn sounds

EMD units.

brute makes.

Does

all

that

make this managed

a

bad model?

to capture the

overall feel of the prototype, without

the

model

so big that

home layouts. The SD60M offers

it

overwhelms

all

RailSounds

II,

of

be appreciated. a bit different

each time, adding variety to the noise

this little

The volume control is conveniently located on top of the engine. From its user-friendly volume control to

making

excellent RailSounds

but the

lot

going for

it.

Let's

II,

Lionel's

SD60M

has a

hope the innovations

in-

troduced continue with each additional model.

largest

flashing warning

levels

roar and the start-up and shutdown

ones found on F-units and early Geeps and don't resemble those on current production

Hardly. Lionel has

realistic. It

was recorded from the

operating ditch

light

a great

lights, a

on the roof, and new sound system.

Painting and lettering are both top-notch.

Other than needing

installation of the end-rail

Original

CTT Rmiew;

May, 1995 (Marty McGuirk)

66

SD60M

Diesel

Road Name

Soo Line

(original release):

Western, Conrail,

Union

North

Norfolk Southern,

Rail,

Pacific)

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

CP

&

5823

Roster Number:

(also

Burlington Northern, CSX, Chicago

(Premier)

MSRP: $349.95

Prototype Information: Electro-Motive Division's

motives.

Catalog Number:

20-2044

Greenberg

$355.00

SD60M

is

Price:

one of the new generation of diesel locoThe first production models were deliv-

has a 16-cylinder engine that delivers 3,800 h.p.

It

ered in 1985. Features:

Two motors

with flywheels, plastic shell with metal frame, electronic reversing, operating

ditch lights, ProtoSound.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 18 Weight: 8

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

3.5 oz.

lbs.,

radius: 0-31

pull:

4

lbs.,

14.2 oz.

Like the prototype,

Selected Comments:

this

model is big. Although it is a "toy train," the model is very close to an O scale replica of the SD60M. The diework on the body shell is particularly impressive, especially around the fans and doors. Our sample arrived painted in the Soo Line's candy-apple red scheme. Both the color and lettering capture the look of the prototype. The model is available painted for seven other roads as well, and each road name comes in three numbers, so you can create

and "cab tions of

This

Amps

Volts

Scale

7.3

1.0

7.9

10.0

1.1

40.4

12.0

1.2

67.4

15.0

1.4

105.6

MPH

chatter" - recorded radio conversa-

crew members speaking

MTH model

is

to each other. an outstanding replica of

one of today's most modern and powerful iron horses. It will look great heading up a string of modern freight cars on any O gauge layout.

realistic lash-ups.

The locomotive performed our

tests.

It

started smoothly

throttle response.

impressively in

and had good

The SD60M has an astound-

ing drawbar pull of 4.9 pounds. That equates to

235 free-rolling freight cars on straight and

level track.

Electronics are rapidly changing the train hobby,

and a few

and

this

surprises.

model has

Among

all

toy

the features

the latter are oper-

ating ditch lights, a digital diesel start-up

sound

Original

CTT Review;

March, 1995 (Marty McGuirk) 67

SD90MAC

Diesel

Road Name

(original release):

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

EMD

Union

liven (also Conrail,

(Premier)

MSRP: $329.95

The pinnacle of

Prototype Information:

8205

Roster Number:

75th Anniversary

Pacific)

GM

Catalog Number:

20-2184

Greenberg

$340.00

Price:

A new design being tested, scheduled maintenance. 6,000 h.p.,

locomotive development.

offering greater fuel efficiency, better traction,

and

less

80 feet long. Features:

Two can

number

motors, directional lighting, ProtoSound, smoke, illuminated

boards,

ditch lights. Color: two shades of blue, white, black.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 20^ Weight: 6

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

13 oz.

radius:

0-42

pull: 3 lbs.,

4 oz.

on the shell looks model captures all the detail one can see with the naked eye. The sides duplicate the array of doors, hatches, and accessways. The top is smooth, and the little drop at midframe accurately portrays the downward slope of the prototype. Simulated screens and fans all look sharp. The handrails are scalelike, and the platforms are crowned by safetv Selected Comments: Detailing

the

terrific;

feet.

length

is

track,

its

on die money - 80 scale model is said to work on 0-42

right

Although the

Scale

1.9

16.7

12.0

2.2

57.1

18.0

2.4

95.7

MPH

even when the loco was idling in neutral.

When under way,

the engine roar

and

squeal-

ing brakes were top notch.

The smoke

unit will chase you out of your room, unless you have good ventilation. on/off switch is on the frame, if it gets too

train .An

thick for you.

The speed range although a

bit

is

probablv prototypical,

slow by toy train standards. This

babv should pull more than 200 modern,

chains. Six (count 'em) windshield wipers.

The

Amps

8.0

Volts

rolling pieces of rolling stock

on

straight

free-

and

level track.

length challenges even 0-72 curves.

The decoration clean stripes.

And

is

great - flawless paint

there's

an

and

EMD emblem on

the nose.

The

unit

we

tested

delivered absolutely

superb performance. The two can motors

were quiet, and the speed was both smooth

and even in all ranges. There was no hesitation in moving out, whether it was pulling 20 or 40 cars, and the engine nicely glided to a halt. The ProtoSound effects were excellent.

Original

CTT Review;

Jan nan. 2000 (Bob Keller) 68

SD90MAC

Diesel

Road Name

Union

(original release):

8068

Roster Number:

Pacific

Norfolk Southern)

(also

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: $179.00 powered,

Catalog Number:

SD90-104

Greenberg

$140.00

Price:

$129.00 unpowered Prototype Information: This

is

the peak of

EMD's locomotive development - 6,000

h.p. to replace two

or three older units, extended scheduled maintenance intervals, better adhesion and fuel economy.

Features:

Two can

motors; die-cast trucks, couplers, and fuel tank;

plastic body; scaled

down

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Minimum

Selected Comments:

This

Performance:

1714 in.

Weight: 4.8

Drawbar

lights;

horn; sheet-metal frame;

to negotiate tight curves.

radius:

0-31

pull: 4.8 lbs.

an economy model

is

Volts

that delivers top-notch freight-handling per-

Scale

1.0

17.7

12.0

1.6

109.1

18.0

1.7

155.0

bit stubby, this

Williams shell

Amps

4.7

lbs.

MPH

may be the most interesting The company continues its

yet.

formance - a powerful and

visually interesting

trend to create detailed, scale-like loco shells

addition to any locomotive

fleet.

and place them on economical stamped-steel frames. This way, hobbyists can have some of the latest motive power without draining their bank accounts.

The model

scales

about 70

feet, as

to the prototype's 80 feet, but

opposed

it

looks pro-

loco

delivered

portional.

On

the

test

the

track,

smooth, quiet performance and did well average speed department.

about

190

straight

and

modern,

It

in the

The Williams SD90MAC

looks like

it is

right

out of the pages of Railway Age.

should pull

free-rolling

on

cars

couplers hold.

level track, if the

Detail items of note: Whispercab, with

its

centered headlight and cast-in door. Add-on

grab irons and sandcaps.

Many hatches and

latches dot the body, giving

The

top of the shell

is

it

a rich texture.

smooth, but

it

does

have four simulated fans and those large radiator wings.

The painting of both samples we saw was superb, but on the Norfolk Southern, the road

name and

stripes

Although

appeared

to

safety cabs always

be a

bit

seem

too low.

to look a

Original

CTT Review;

December, 1 999 (Bob Keller)

69

SW8/SW9

Diesel

Road Name

(original release):

Western

Roster Number:

Pacific

Manufacturer: Atlas

Original

MSRP: $349.00

General Motors

Prototype Information:

1,200 h.p. switcher that saw service

EMD SW8

on many

601

Catalog Number:

6130-1

Greenberg

CP

Price:

and SW9 (one or two stacks respectively) was a from the 1940s to the 1990s. Some mav still

railroads

be around.

Can motor, sound

Features:

Vital Statistics:

Length: 11

in.

Weight: 3.8

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

locomotive. tures the It

It

system, die-cast metal hood, illuminated cab gauges.

This

is

Performance:

radius:

0-36

pull: 2.1 lbs.

the

first

Adas

O gauge

has scale dimensions and cap-

major

detail items

on the prototype.

has a die-cast metal chassis, truck side-

frames,

and engine hood. The tooling

hands.

The

plastic

cab has two crew figures

and illuminated gauges on the control panel. The loco has two directional control switches on the belly of the fuel tank. They are recessed and very tiny - you might need a paper clip or change their positions. The horizontal can motor is in the center of the engine, and drive shafts connect to each truck, giving it 8-wheel drive and a drawbar pull equal similar instrument to

to

50 modern pieces of rolling stock.

Performance

is

commendable. You can

actuallv switch with this switcher, because the

low-end average speed Score one for

is

about 14 scale m.p.h.

realistic railroading.

We

heard some complaints by owners and hobby shop staffers prior to testing this model, so

we thought

On

proper to address them: curves of 0-42 or less, the couplers occa-

sionally

it

pop open. This

is

14.5

12.0

.9

55.2

18.0

.9

82.3

on the

pilot steps

going over rough

notches in the button or the step, or

re-lav

The

unit does not properly reverse some-

times.

The company

briefly

touch their directional controls instead

suggests that owners just

of holding them down.

If

held too long, the

re-

verse unit often cvcles back to the original direction.

The

third criticism involved the

tem and

ume

it

isn't

of the diesel roar

is

sys-

The

vol-

overtaken bv

easily

the sound of the train running. ity

sound

so easily remedied.

could be better overall. This

And is

the qual-

partially

due

to the limitations of space within the engine,

severely limiting speaker size.

Cosmetically, the engine

is

a

gem. The

of detail, painting, and decoration

level

commendable. Operationally, switching speed and drawbar pull are great. The sound is a bit is

more to an engine than The positives far outweigh

limited, but there's

the audio system. the negatives.

caused by the couOriginal February,

70

when

track. Solutions are to either

the offending track.

is

superb and you can feel the quality in your

Scale

.5

pler button catching

file

MPH

Amps

5.6

Volts

1

CTT Rn>ieiv;

999 (Bob

Keller)

Diesel

U25B

Road Name

Union

Southern

(original release):

Pacific,

6715/638

Roster Number:

Pacific (also Conrail, Chessie,

Erie Lackawana,

New York

Central, Pennsylvania,

Santa Fe, undecorated)

Manufacturer:

Original

Weaver

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $345.00 w/sound,

Greenberg

1332/1331 $299.00/$259.00

Price:

$269.00 w/horn only

These first-generation 2,500

Prototype Information:

1959.

Dubbed

More than 470 of these U25Bs were Features:

Two can

for each road

Vital Statistics:

Length: 16

in.

Weight: 5.5

lbs.

Selected Comments:

see-through vent

the

radius:

Performance:

grill

number variations

0-31

pull: 2.1 lbs.

This model looks good.

The

a neat feature -

the

is

expensive

if

with solid plastic.

all

they had simulated

The metal

handrails

look sharp and should bear up well.

Decoration was superb on the samples we

and colorful graphics skillfully applied. There is no interior cab detail, but a shield hides the cab's can motor from view. Motor performance is terrific. The motors delivered smooth, silent power over a broad speed range, from 16 to 200 scale m.p.h. The drawbar pull is equal to 90 free-rolling modern cars on straight and level track. The sound system is a basic QSI model, with good diesel noise, horn and bell. Unfortunately, the unit has no external volume control. If the novelty of the sound wears off, you don't have an easy way to kill it or reduce the inspected, with the paint

level. If this is likely to

Volts 6.3

impressive since tooling probably would less

in

EMD's "Geeps."

sold to U.S. railroads.

motors, headlight, optional QSI sound system; three

Minimum

have been

General Electric road switchers arrived

available

name.

Drawbar

more

h.p.

"U-boats," these utilitarian classics were very distant competitors to

The

Amps

MPH

Scale 16.3

1.4

12.0

1.4

104.3

18.0

2.6

200.3

reverse unit has

no

reset

mode;

it

merely provides standard neutral-forward-neutral-reverse

most

sequence. While

situations,

it

means you

this

is

good

can't lock

it

for

into

forward for traditional two-train or multipleunit operation.

Note that the reverse unit and sound boards if momentary, surges in track power. We blew one out when our MTH Z-4000 briefly peaked at 24 volts. QSI is offering a new product to detect and suppress such spikes and power surges. It's called "Power Guard" and will cost you an are very sensitive to sudden,

additional $87.00.

be a problem, consider

the horn-only model.

Original

CTr Review;

November, 1998 (Bob Keller)

71

Diesel

U33C

Road Name

Milwaukee Road

(original release):

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: SI 79.00 powered, S129.00

5553

Roster Number:

dummy

Catalog Number:

U33-16

Greenberg

S150.00

Price:

Nicknamed "U-boats" because of the "U" for "universal" designation, 375 of U33Cs were produced by General Electric between 1968 and 1975. This locomotive was a

Prototype Information:

these

step toward creating the 4,000 h.p. diesel, which at the time was

Features:

and

Two

motors, headlight, traction

tires;

a goal, not a reality.

numbered

available in two

versions. Color:

orange

black.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 17 Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

radius: 0-31

pull: 2.2 lbs.

Williams

is

shooting for

dimensions and it succeeds. The proportions are also good - even the slight widening of the U-boat shell toward the rear

is

copied. Doing a hatch-by-hatch comparison with prototype photos suggests that virtually

even important detail on a real U33C is duplicated on the model. Decoration meets the company's high standard. Paint separation is clean and the lettering and numbering are crisp. The cab herald easy to read.

The U33C has

trademark high-gloss appeal to

all

finish,

hobbyists -

Construction

is

it's

Amps

Volts

lbs.

scale-like

is

still

Scale

5.8

.9

25.1

12.0

1.2

107.8

18.0

1.5

175.1

passable. The owner can add tem from Williams, Ott or QSI.

it's

This

two-motor,

engine runs very

a

traction-tire

quietlv.

MPH

sound

svs-

equipped

The speed range

is

good, from 25 to 175 scale m.p.h.. and it produces 2.2 pounds of drawbar pull - perhaps

more than

will

ever be needed, even on a

fairly

large layout

This unit

lives

for good-looking,

up

to Williams' reputation

value-priced locomotives

that pull like a truck.

the Williams

which may not

a matter of

taste.

very sturdy, with a sheet-

metal frame, die-cast metal trucks and couplers.

The

trucks are

from the SD45, and while The frame has

not accurate, thev look good. sturdv,

and

if

unrealistic, stamped-steel handrails

a die-cast metal fuel tank.

We've heard better horns, but

in

keeping

with the value-priced concept of this model,

Original December,

72

C7T Review;

1997 (Bob

Keller)

gauge steam locomotives: 1990-2000 Locomotive type

Manufacturer

0-4-0 Docksider

Right-of-Way

74

0-6-0

Weaver

75

2-4-2 Columbia

Marx

Trains

76

2-4-2 Columbia

MTH

(Prewar

2-8-2 Mikado

Lionel

78

2-8-4 Berkshire

MTH

79

2-10-0 Decapod

Third Rail

80

2-10-4 Texas

Third Rail

81

4-4-0 (William Mason)

(RailKing)

82

(RailKing)

83

4-6-0 Rogers 19th-century Ten-Wheeler

MTH MTH MTH

(RailKing)

84

4-6-2 Pacific

Lionel

85

4-6-2 Pacific

Weaver

86

4-6-2 Pacific K4s

(RailKing)

87

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

MTH MTH

(RailKing)

88

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

Weaver

89

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

Weaver

90

4-6-4 3450-class Hudson

Pecos River Brass

91

4-6-4 HI -class Hudson

Weaver

92

4-6-4 J-class Hudson

K-Line

93

4-6-4 J-class Hudson

Lionel

94

4-6-4 J-class Hudson

Williams

95

4-6-4 L1 -class Hudson

Lionel

96

MTH MTH

(RailKing)

97

(Premier)

98

USRA Switcher

Reproduction)

4-6-0 Camelback

(Premier)

Page

77

4-6-4 Alco F7 Hudson (Streamlined

Hiawatha) 4-6-4 E4-class Hudson (Streamlined) 4-6-4 Jle-class Hudson (Streamlined

Commodore

Vanderbilt)

Lionel

99

4-6-4 Jle-class Hudson (Streamlined

Commodore 4-8-2 L-3a

Vanderbilt)

Mohawk

MTH

(RailKing)

100

Lionel

101

4-8-4 Northern

Lionel

102

4-8-4 2900-series Northern

MTH

103

4-8-4 GS4-class Northern

Lionel

104

4-8-4 GS4-class Northern

MTH

105

(RailKing)

(Premier)

4-8-4 J-class Northern

Lionel

106

4-8-4 J-class Northern

MTH

107

(RailKing)

6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

Lionel

108

6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

MTH

109

6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

Third Rail

110

2-6-6-6 Allegheny

Lionel

111

4-4-6-4 Duplex (Q2)

Third Rail

112

4-6-6-4 Challenger

MTH

113

4-6-6-4 Challenger

Third Rail

114

4-8-8-2 Cab-Forward

Third Rail

115

4-8-8-4 Articulated Big Boy

Lionel

116

4-8-8-4 Articulated Big Boy

Third Rail

117

6-4-4-6 S-1

Third Rail

118

Shay

Lionel

119

Shay

Right-of-Way

120

(RailKing)

(RailKing)

73

Steam

0-4-0 Docksider

Road Name

Baltimore

(original release):

& Ohio

Manufacturer: Right-of-Way

Original

MSRP: $399.95 plus $15.00 shipping

Prototype Information:

and

Catalog Number:

5006

Greenberg

$750.00

Price:

The prototype locomotive was designed

for the

B&O

for use in waterfront

where curves were sharp.

industrial locations

Features:

97

Roster Number:

Brass construction,

smoke

unit, directional lighting

(equipped with jack for use with

Right-of-Way sound system boxcar) Color: black. .

Vital Statistics:

Length: 8

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

The

rate. It is a great little

Performance:

in.

N/A

Weight:

radius:

0-27

pull: 7 oz.

B&O

Docksider

is first

runner, one that hardly

Amps

Scale

8

.32

13.93

10

.37

24.24

12

.42

41.43

16

.47

55.45

Volts

The Docksider tive,

a good-looking locomo-

is

but deviates from prototypical correctness

Most noticeable are the on the fireman's side - pho-

uses any electricity but really pulls well, in

in several small ways:

spite of

six-pane windows

its

diminutive

size. It's

operates smoothly, and

nicely detailed,

great fun to watch

is

in action. as a

demonstra-

numbers reflect a broken-in locomotive. The 14 m.p.h. low end is surprising so the

7

an engine

more

our library suggest that they should have the cab roof has been flattened, the oil bunker is shaped differently, and the tank steps are not right. But none of these nitpicks detracts seriously from the overall impression. Perhaps the strangest attribute is the smoke unit switch which is mounted just in tos in

four.

Our sample had been used tor,

this small

should creep along

much

slowly, like the prototype.

However, throughout Docksider ran

very-

its speed range the smoothly - no hitches from

the connecting rods, noise. Best of

all

no wobble, and

operational

traits is

little

the small

power requirement - only half an amp. The Right-of-Way switcher is equipped with nonmagnetized, non-traction-tired, die-cast wheelsets and managed a drawbar pull of seven ounces. In a shop test, it managed to

MPH

The arch of

front of the stack,

where the

water-fill fixture

should be. Right-of-Way 's Docksider to the

world of three-rail

O

is

a great addition

gauge.

It's

a lot of

locomotive in a small package.

pull 14 pieces of mixed-vintage rolling stock

on

level track.

Original L'lT Review; December, 1991 (Jim Bunte)

74

Steam

USRA 0-6-0 Switcher

Road Name

(original release):

Pennsylvania (and

7011

Roster Number:

about 20 other road names) Manufacturer:

Original

Weaver

MSRP: $399.00

Catalog Number:

1026

Greenberg

$495.00/$400.00

Price:

Model based upon a World War I United States Railroad Administration produced during the war followed USRA guidelines.

Prototype Information:

design. All locomotives

Formed

Features:

brass

and stamped sheet-metal construction, can motor, QSI

electronic reverse,

constant voltage headlight, directional lighting, firebox glow, operating couplers. Color: black with silver

smokebox. Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight:

N/A N/A

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments: is

a smart

little

Performance:

radius: 0-31

pull: 21 oz.

The Weaver USRA

switcher

engine that has loads of

runs decently and

high-end world.

is

We

detail,

quite a value in today's

experienced a few minor

problems with our sample but

still

came away

Volts

Amps

8.5

1.0

9.92

10.0

1.1

26.83

12.0

1.3

44.23

14.0

1.4

71.14

was installed incorrectly and the tender wobbled. Easy fixes.

A

little

added weight

tender helped to alleviate the

There was no play

curves.

struction.

nism. I'd

latter

in the pivot

mecha-

recommend snipping a small

portion

up

slightly.

diminutive size

of the centering spring to loosen

complements undersized Lionel and K-Line rolling stock. The model looks very nice, though its shininess might be objection-

But these are small problems

This

is

a scale piece, but

able to some. lost

its

it

wax

The amount of detail

castings are

all

is

in the

problem. Most troublesome was a coupler problem the locomotive derails rolling stock on 0-31

pleased with the quality of design and con-

means

MPH

Scale

it

in

an other-

wise very nice product. After the recent glut of

big brass smokers, less really

is

more.

amazing:

over the boiler, near

and on the tender. Our model ran nicely but noisily, even after lubrication. The noise seems to come from the transfer of power between the motor and drivers, and from the motor itself. the drivers,

The engine has

a well-defined speed range

and a drawbar pull of 21 ounces, equal to 42 mixed vintage pieces of rolling stock on straight and level track. On our sample, one of the valve gear rods

Original December,

CJT Review;

1992

(Jim Bunte)

75

Steam

2-4-2 Columbia

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Marx Trains

Prototype Information: in the 1930s.

Length: 15 2

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

S195.00

maroon,

classic

Price:

Marx locomotive that was introduced upon Canadian Pacific designs.

new

Performance:

in.

radius:

0-27

a look

all its

own.

more were designed and

drive,

compatible with new

addition,

and

shout about.

Amps

Scale

5.6

.10

13.4

Volts

pull: 10.4 oz.

Marx has tools

motor

silver.

lbs., 1.8 oz.

original tooling was long gone, so

100

Greenberg

an updated version of a

trains. Color: black, gray,

Weight

than

8341

construction, three-position reversing unit, can

Marx

Vital Statistics:

The

is

Catalog Number:

has an outline and major features that were based

It

Features: All-tin

original

This

3003

Roster Number:

Pacific

MSRP: S195.95 (plus S6 shipping)

Original

and

Canadian

(original release):

9.7

.15

50.5

12.0

.26

55.7

18.0

.55

91.7

gives

It is

Marx

MPH

fans something to

a celebration of traditional

tinplate values without apology.

constructed for this engine's sheet-metal

components.

The handsome paint scheme is highlighted CP lettering on the tender. Even the

by gold

famous beaver herald

is

beneath

clearlv visible

the cab windows.

The steamer

is

rent production

Marx

original

or

tilt

compatible with

Marx

the cur-

all

Trains as well as any

rolling stock having either

hook

couplers.

The model runs smoothly and should offer many hours of trouble-free service. With a total

weight of

2.1

of 10.4 ounces, dling 31

and

O

pounds and a drawbar

this

steamer

is

pull

capable of han-

gauge free-rolling cars on

straight

level track.

The "new" Marx

Trains line was inaugu-

rated in 1991, with a colorful array of both freight

ing

CP

and passenger cars).

cars (including match-

This locomotive

is

a

welcome

Original

CTT Rrviexo;

November, 1995 (Marty McGuirk)

76

Steam

2-4-2 Columbia

Road Name

(original release):

Manufacturer:

Original

Pennsylvania

260E

Roster Number:

MTH

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $399.95 traditional,

Greenberg

Price:

10-3001

$420.00

$499.95 contemporary Prototype Information:

This model never had a real-railroad prototype.

1"= 1" of a toy locomotive

made by

It is

a copy, in the scale of

Lionel from 1930 to 1935.

Features: Die-cast and sheet metal. The contemporary version has a can motor, ProtoSound and ProtoSmoke. The traditional has a knockoff of the original Lionel motor and mechanical air whistle. Both have headlights and firebox lights.

Vital Statistics:

Length: \9 A l

Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

radius:

0-54

pull: 8 oz.

Although Lionel produced

the 260E locomotive from 1930 to 1935, the colors of the

and

MTH reproduction - black boiler

cab, green frame, red pilot

and wheels -

are those from 1931 to 1933. All are appropri-

and quite close to the original. The combination of copper, brass and

ately glossy

nickel trim accents the excellent paint job well.

We

Volts

13 oz.

contemporary version that features a can motor and includes ProtoSound and ProtoSmoke. Both the smoke and sound were very good, once we got past the shock of experiencing such things on a 1930stested the

how

it

Amps

Scale

6.5

1.4

12.0

2.5

80.0

18.0

2.7

112.0

MPH

14.8

was with trains back then. Three- or

norm. For some reason, Lionel put Standard gauge wheels with O gauge axles on the origifour-car sets were the

nal

260E tender. The

MTH version carries this

feature also. While this was in the

no problem back and/or

1930s, operators using 0-27

contemporary low-profile track systems will encounter some tie-hitting, bumping, and jumping due to the larger flanges, especially when going over switches. All things considered, this

real

gem

-

it

locomotive

is

a

duplicates a classic Lionel de-

era toy train.

sign in a virtually forgotten style of toy train

Performance of the 260E was smooth and good, with a surprisingly slow speed of under

manufacture.

15 scale m.p.h. In true toy train fashion,

high end our sample

hit 112,

on the

probably faster

than any real 2-4-2 might go.

By today's standards, the drawbar pull seems light for an engine of this size - it registers only 8 ounces on our gauge. But that's

Original July,

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

77

2-8-2 Mikado

Steam

Road Name

Southern

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

MSRP: $1,200.00

Prototype Information:

4501

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

18018

Greenberg

$1,000.00

Price:

Southern Railway's no. 4501 Mikado once pulled Southern Steam Specials It was then purchased by the Tennessee Valley Railroad

(excursion trains) during the 1960s.

museum

in Chattanooga. This

Features: Die-cast

lighting,

the

is

last

of

its

metal construction, precision

kind.

AC/DC

can motor, electronic reverse, directional

steam RailSounds with volume control, smoke, coal load. Color: green, with

silver

smoke-

box, tuscan cab roof, and gold trim.

Vital Statistics:

Length:

N/A

Weight: 11

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

This

Performance:

lbs.

radius:

0-31

pull: 2 lbs.

is

a scale

model -

close representation of the original.

It is

a

well

and has a sturdy feel that says "Lionel." hard to accept less-detailed offerings once you've been accustomed to scale ones built

It's

like this

Mikado. Tiny piping passes over

sized drivers, real coal

fills

scale-

the tender bunker,

a scale-sized front coupler connects

to

an

tive's

traction

Amps

Scale

8

2.4

20.58

Volts

10

2.6

34.45

12

2.9

57.42

14

3.2

81.82

tires.

MPH

They come on four

drivers

- two front and two rear. The good news is that replacements are available from Lionel service centers, which should correct the problem. One has to ask if an 11-pound locomotive really needs traction tires? This not-so-mean green machine will be a natural on all kinds of layouts - maybe yours. 1

operating release mechanism - even the boiler front opens.

The Mikado has quite a voracity for amperis odd for a loco equipped with a

age, which

can motor.

Of course,

it is

heavy.

It is

also noisy

- more so than other imported Lionels. After lubrication the noise quieted down some.

The RailSounds operate nicely, although seem comparatively spartan. The

the effects

and sequences dependably. marker lamps are most excellent, getting their light from LEDs. The valve gear and side rods are very entertaining. Most undesirable about this otherwise nice offering is the wobble caused by the locomoreverse unit clicks

The

boiler-front

Original

CTT Review;

January, 1993 (Jim Bunte)

78

Steam

2-8-4 Berkshire

Road Name

(original release):

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

Nickel Plate

Road

(Premier)

MSRP: $899.95

Prototype Information:

NYC's Boston

&

Named

Albany

Roster Number:

765

Catalog Number:

20-3032-1

Greenberg

$1,000.00

Price:

for the grades they mastered through the Berkshire

line, this

engine

is

based upon Lima "S"

engines. Nickel Plate had 80 of them, built between 1934 1944, retired in the 1960s, restored in 1979 for the Fort

Mountains on super-powered fast freight

class

and 1949. Number 765 was produced in Wayne Railroad Historical Society, and

used in excursion service through the 1990s.

can motor, ProtoSmoke, ProtoSound, flashing Mars

Features: Die-cast metal,

light over headlight,

back-up light on tender, illuminated markers, and firebox glow. Color: black with gray smokebox. Vital Statistics:

N/A

Length:

Weight: 12

Minimum Drawbar

It

12.0

2.1

44.7

18.0

2.3

102.4

and decoration on

even has readable builder's and

equipment trustee plates (if you have good eyes and a magnifying glass). The model is replete with rivets, with much added-on piping, handrails, pop valves, and generators. There is even a simulated lift-pin uncoupler on the flat pilot. The cab interior has a backhead and two figures. The piece is nicely

reverse

is

elaborate and includes

equipment normally omitted from

mid- and low-market

O

gauge steam engines. the locomotive in

The tender matches wealth of detail. The coal is made up of individual

load appears as

if it

MPH

8.6

1.6

engine moving faster than yard speed, and the pistons will be chattering.

The

bell

had a hard

time punching through the locomotive steam noises

and tended

to get lost.

The ProtoSmoke out. There's

unit will fog

The Berkshire moved

lay-

effortlessly

and

qui-

siderods and tender wheels were

etly (after the

lubed).

up your

an on-off switch below the cab.

The speed range matched

large steamer.

It

that of a

should pull about 180 mod-

ern pieces of rolling stock on

painted, with crisp lettering.

The running gear

Scale

0-54

radius:

pull: 3 lbs., 12 oz.

massive and burly locomotive are both

excellent.

Amps

Volts 6.3

Selected Comments: Detailing this

Performance:

lbs., 15J* oz.

level

ground.

Some tracking problems were in evidence. The loco is tail-heavy and tends to derail easily on

less

than perfectly aligned track, even on

0-72 curves.

It

simply walks off the

added weight up front and

rails.

We

that helped greatly.

The on them.

pieces of coal.

6-wheel trucks have "Buckeye" visible

The backup light works only when in reverse. The audio effects are generally excellent. A volume control is located on the bottom of the frame. Chuffs and assorted sounds were great, and the whistle sounded very good. Get this

Original

CTT Reviau;

March, 2000 (Bob

Keller)

79

2-10-0 Decapod

Steam

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

4585

Roster Number:

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Third Rail

MSRP: $799.95

Catalog Number:

3RI1

Greenberg

CP

Price:

The Pennsylvania Railroad put 598 Decapods to good use hauling long coal through western Pennsylvania between 1916 and 1960. With their small drivers and long wheelbase, they ran slowly, but had tremendous power. Prototype Information:

trains

Features:

Formed

brass construction,

AC motor,

operating tender coupler. Color: Brunswick green,

gray smokebox.

Length: 29

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 9

Minimum Drawbar

The

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

2 oz. (engine only)

lbs.,

radius:

4

pull:

0-72

lbs.

slow speed, power, and

look of the Pennsy Decapods have,been niceh

captured by Third quarter-inch scale

modifications to

Rail.

The engine

model with

make

it

all

is

a brass

the necessary

.8

6.2

10

.8

20.5

17

.9

49.6

engine. (A shorter tender

rate

backup controls

the deck. All of this

in a

to the

engine

which

in profile look like

the rivet heads are sharply defined. This fine-scale brass

model

The headlight

is

in every sense.

volts.

operates with a grain-of-

wheat bulb. Production models have working marker lights on loco and tender, and smoke, although these were not on our preproduction sample.

Power comes from

motor conand fourth pair are flanged, allowing the model to a Pittman can

nected to a gear box. The of drivers

first

negotiate 0-72 curves. Each driver set vidually sprung,

The tender motive.

is

and some have just as

Top speed

a

traction

is

indi-

tires.

is

is

required sepa-

cab on the rear of

rides on 8-wheel The power system

It

trucks, individually sprung.

heaters, compressors, bell, whistle, grab irons,

reproduced. Even

also available.)

it

the electronic reverse

and a sound system.

and the

like are faithfully

is

MPH

faithfully re-created.

is

The tender houses unit

All of the piping detail, handrails, water

Scale

7

This tender was so long that

compatible with

three-rail operation.

Amps

Volts

contained in four black wires,

hose connections.

a realistic 49.6 m.p.h. at 17

At the low end, the locomotive

will

crawl

Drawbar pull is an impressive 4 pounds! That equates to almost at

6.2 without stalling.

200

cars. That's quite a train.

Decapods weren't generally popular in the United States. Many that were built here ended up being shipped to Europe. The Pennsy was the exception. This is your chance to

own an unusual locomotive

place next to your

that will have a

GG1 and

other

classic

Pennsy power.

outstanding as the loco-

Our sample came

distance tender," which

is

with

a

"long-

longer than the

Original

CTT Review;

May, 1994 (Torn Rollo)

80

Steam

2-1 0-4 Texas

Road Name

(original release):

Third

Manufacturer:

Original

Pennsylvania

Rail

MSRP: $999.95

Prototype Information:

When

the Pennsy

6465

Roster Number:

needed

a

Catalog Number:

3RT1

Greenberg

$950.00

Price:

new high-horsepower

freight engine, wartime

prevented them from creating their own design. The company turned to the

restrictions

C&O for

and the Ahoona shops constructed a fleet of 125 of these J-class engines. Of course, Pennsylvania designers added a few touches to mask the origin. The Texas types proved exceptionally successful and were the last steamers operating on the Pennsy. They were dropped in 1959.

a blueprint,

Features: Brass construction,

marker

lights.

Pittman can motor, headlight, QSI sound system, smoke, illuminated

Color: Brunswick green, gray smokebox, red cab roof, gold trim.

Length: 29X

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 11

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

Volts

Amps

6.4

lbs.

radius:

0-72

pull: 1.5 lbs.

As a high-end brass scale an exceptional level of detail

Scale

12.0

1.6

60.8

17.3

2.0

110.4

which should enable opera-

Selected Comments:

force of 1.5

model, there

tors to pull a 70-car train with ease.

is

present. The intricate maze of piping, valves and grab irons maximizes the realism, but also makes the model a bit fragile. The engine

requires careful handling.

The

front

coupler

The

is

end

is

terrific.

headlight, keystone,

front scale

and compressors

a Pennsy look to the basic

rod action

The

designed to be raised and lowered.

is

C&O

design.

give

The

The

lbs.,

MPH

12.7

1.5

reverse unit control

is

on the

tender,

which houses the QSI sound system. The various at-rest steam noises are delightful. The chuff rate, which seems a bit fast at low speeds, evens out as speed increases.

The smoke

unit

functions quite well too.

This

is

a great brass

model of a freight-mov-

ing monster from steam's final glorious years.

dazzling and the cab well deco-

rated with plenty of backhead detail.

The work of

massive eight-axle tender art,

is

mirroring the prototype

the brakeman's doghouse.

another

down

to

The tender has

illuminated markers and a realistic coal load, with individual pieces glued in place.

Drawing power from a Lionel

ZW

former, the loco's performance was very

trans-

good

- smooth running in all speed ranges. The drivers have no traction tires, but an extra wheel set with tires is included. Without the traction tires, the engine delivered a

drawbar

Original

CYT Revieiu;

January, 1998 (Bob Keller) 81

4-4-0 William Mason

Steam

Road Name

Designated

(original release):

Roster Number:

5

The Wanderer

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

(RailKing)

MSRP: $329.95 w/whistle only,

Catalog Number:

30-1155

Greenberg

$375.00

Price:

$429.95 w/ProtoSound package Prototype Information:

The William Mason was

built in

1855 and has been on display

at the

Baltimore

& Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore. It starred in The Great Locomotive Chase movie and Wild West TV series and film. The name "The Wanderer" came from the TV series.

the Wild

metal construction, smoke, free-coasting motor; available with either whistle or

Features: Die-cast

ProtoSounds. Length:

Vital Statistics:

1

Weight: 6

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

TA in. lbs.,

Performance:

1 lbs.,

5 oz.

Old-time 4-4-0 steamers have

a niche in toy train history: American Flyer, Lionel, Marx,

and Thomas

the postwar era. In

has re-issued

its

all

made them

more recent

in

times, Lionel

postwar General with a variety

of road names and

MTH made its own

General,

is

nearly

solidly

constructed.

The

graphics are neatly applied, and the effect of

maxed

reserve.

13

12

1.8

48.4

18

1.85

99.5

moving

out, with

But then,

type William

it

little

MPH

speed held in

isn't likely that

Mason could get a

the proto-

similar train

in the real world.

The ProtoSound system functioned and the conventional sounds were

The

as well as the Texas.

This engine

Scale

1.4

7.6

radius: 0-31

pull:

Amps

Volts

9 oz.

well,

satisfactory.

special Wild Wild West station sounds, with

gunfire,

horses,

and Will Smith chattering

away, left us grinning.

the gold-tone handrails, steam and sand domes, and other accoutrements is very appealing.

The Wanderer has a quiet and smoothrunning motor. The peppy 4-4-0's speed range was very good, with a low average of 13 scale

We noticed a few through switches, and once or twice the engine lost power, but this wasn't m.p.h. and a high of 99.5.

bumpy

transitions

a major problem.

The drawbar pull equals about 63 pieces of modern, free-rolling stock. In operational testing, however, running with a 22-car mixedvintage train, the steamer appeared to be

Original Website, Posted

82

CTT Review;

May, 2000 (Bob

Keller)

Steam

-6-0

Road Name

(original release):

Central Railroad of

Camelback

Roster Number: 631

New Terse) Manufacturer:

MTH

(RailKing)

MSRP: $399.95

Original

w/ sound,

Catalog Number:

30-1141

Greenberg

$375.00

Price:

w/o sound

$299.95

Prototype Information:

The Camelback locomotive was developed because many Northeastern

railroads

mines that produced anthracite. To make the most efficient use of this cheap coal, a special wide firebox was developed by John Wooten, general manager of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. This wide firebox gready diminished crew visibility, so the engineer's cab was mounted

owned

coal

on a virtually unprohad hazardous duty.

alongside the boiler in front of the firebox, while the fireman could be positioned tected rear deck in front of the tender.

Can motor,

Features:

The crew on

these Camelbacks

headlight, whistle, smoke, traction

tires, die-cast

metal; Protosound available.

Color: black with gray smokebox.

Length:

Vital Statistics:

N/A

Weight: 7

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

lbs.

radius:

0-27

pull: 1.5 lbs.

The MTH Camelback is one of the most interesting locomotives ever modeled. The prototype looks like it was designed by someone who had no preconceived notion of loco construction and the model duplicates this very well. Selected Comments:

truly

This

is

a sturdy engine, with a lot of detail,

The headlight is great. The amount of cast-in piping and several pumps. The walkways from the rear of the loco to the cab are super, with numerous all

neat and

tidy.

boiler has a fair

handrails.

On

Amps

Scale

6.6

1.2

12.0

1.8

85.3

18.0

1.9

149.0

MPH

18.9

Operationally, the engine ran very well.

The

motor was quiet, and the smoke generator puffed up a dense plume. Speed response was smooth in all ranges. This little brute develops enough pull in the drawbar to haul 70 modern cars on straight and level track. The Camelback delivers top-rate performance. With its 4-6-0 wheel arrangement and center cab, it should be a standout on just about any layout.

top of the boiler are two air

brake reservoirs, a whistle, a

pop valves. The tender

Volts

is

a stubby

little

bell,

and three

rascal that mir-

rors the real thing - a short haul freighter.

There

is

a fair

amount of detail on

but the crowning point

is

the tender,

the backup light,

which for some reason is not functional. A bulb in it would have made such a big difference!

We

tested the whistle-only version

underwhelmed by the sound of ProtoSound model is available.

and were it.

A

full

CMginal

CTT Review;

November, 1999 (Bob Keller)

83

4-6-0 Rogers Nineteenth-Century Ten-Wheeler

Steam

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Denver

(original release):

MTH

Rio Grande

Roster Number:

(RailKing)

MSRP: $429.95 w/ProtoSounds,

$329.95

w/o

Prototype Information:

Features:

Catalog Number:

30-1160

Greenberg

$380.00

Price:

1890s-vintage Rogers Ten-wheeler.

on western

A

very popular wood-burning type loco-

railroads of the day.

0-27 operation, can motor, headlight, ProtoSounds optional. Length: l&A

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 6

Drawbar

Selected Comments:

to

gaugers -

radius:

pull:

0-27 12 oz.

1 lb.,

railroading

among

O

and HO modelers. There is a tremendous amount of potential for opening up a new venue for fantasy railroaders: the Old West as we wanted it to be. The Rio Grande road name suggests gold mines, gunplay, and buffalo steaks on an open fire. The model is a surprising mix of detail and fans

bare bones. For example, there

Amps

8.6

period has a good following

large-scale

Volts

9 oz.

This loco might open the

pre-1900 this

Performance:

in.

lb.,

Minimum

among

781

it

motive, particularly

door

&

is

nice rivet

on the steam chests and smokebox, but practically none on the boiler. There are boiler bands though. There are ovals for builders plates, but no plate detail. The grab detail

and square

room ures. is

in the

The

Scale

12

.9

45.3

18

1.0

90.0

oil

MPH

22.8

.9

headlamp are

There

nice.

wide-open cab to place crew

boiler front

is

fig-

good, but the tender

is

rather basic.

The

4-6-0

performed quite

- the motor

well

was quiet and the movement smooth. The low-

speed average was measured

and the high end

m.p.h.,

at 90,

at

22.8 scale

which was prob-

ably high for the prototype but right trains.

The drawbar

straight

and

level.

pull equals

The

on

for toy

84 cars on the

optional ProtoSound

system generates appropriately Western period effects

(including wagons rolling and horses

neighing).

Smoke output

is

generous.

irons are neat, especially those that stand high

and away from the catcher.

The

boiler

though this engine bones operation.

The

and those on the cow

siderods look a is

little

sparse, even

from a period of bare-

catwalks are wider than usual, but they

wood detail. The The diamond stack

lack any sort of simulated

domes

really jut

out at you.

(higinal

November,

84

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

Steam

4-6-2 Pacific

Road Name

Southern,

(original release):

1390/2055

Roster Number:

Pennsylvania Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $499.95

Prototype Information:

Greenberg

This locomotive

is

N/A

Length:

Weight: 4

The model

traces

its

look.

Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

lbs.,

Minimum

radius: 0-31

pull: 15.5 oz.

This locomotive could be

time-honored body

Volts

6 oz.

classified as traditional Lionel: die-cast

light,

had a Santa Fe

Spur-gear mechanism, headlight, Magne-Traction, whistle, smoke.

Vital Statistics:

in a

$350.00/$400.00

Price:

not based on a specific prototype.

origin to the Lionel no. 665 of 1953, which

Features:

18044, 18050

style,

smoke

engine

unit,

head-

Pullmor spur-gear mechanism, Magne-

Traction, electro-mechanical E-unit,

and an

air

The what

Amps

Scale

8.2

1.4

39.4

12.0

2.6

100.6

16.9

2.9

139.2

MPH

concept, doing have done for 60 years - hit

air whistle fits the retro

air whistles

and

the button

it

The tender pickup

toots.

roller for the whistle

has been eliminated,

replaced by a plug-and^ack arrangement to

whisde in the tender. There's no electronic stuff - it's back to the basics for that part of the

tap

hobby

power from the locomotive.

Operationally, the engine took a

little

time

the

Performance numbers were what one would expect from a light Lionel steamer. With a ZW, the average in the low-speed range was 46.4 scale m.p.h., with 139.2 at the top. The low speed was brought down to a more realistic

colors of the

22.4 by using the TrainMaster control system in

ited edition for 1996.

speed went up

The

that values traditional Lionel products.

loco looks great in both paint schemes.

No. 1390

is

in bright

and

beautiful Southern

Railway green and gold, and no. 2055 wears

more subdued Brunswick green and gold Pennsylvania Railroad. The Pennsy model was the annual J. C. Penney limThe Southern locomotive has

a red

number

to break in.

the conventional mode. Meanwhile, the high

made

to

almost 164. So, pulse power

a notable difference

One word

on both ends.

board under the headlight and one of the cab windows filled in to display the "Serves the

of gravity

South" herald. The engine needs a feedwater

so you should avoid racing

heater above the boiler face to

copy Southern practice, but

Of course,

the headlight

is

more

it's

a

in the

accurately

gem

anyway.

wrong place

on the Pennsy engine, but who cares? These are great toy trains, pure and simple.

is

top speed.

of caution: This engine's center

quite high, just like in the old days,

It

around curves

at

tends to tip over, in spite of the

Magne-Traction.

Good

old-fashioned fun!

Both versions of this engine are superbly decorated and should evoke memories of the locomotives many hobbyists grew up with.

Original December,

CTT Review;

1996 (Bob

Keller)

85

Steam

4-6-2 Pacific

Road Name

(original release):

Santa Fe

Weaver

Manufacturer:

MSRP: S975.00 w/sound,

Original

$875.00

1369

Roster Number:

(Valley Flyer)

Catalog Number:

G1088-LP

Greenberg

$940.00 w/sound

Price:

w/o sound

who might attend the World were spruced up and paired with redecorated and air-conditioned heawweight passenger cars to run between Bakersfield and Oakland, with bus connections to Los Angeles and San Francisco. .After the Expo closed, both trains moved on to become the Sa)i Diegan. The engines were scrapped between 1950 and 1951. The

Prototype Information:

\

alley Flyer

Features: Brass construction,

and

silver,

was born

can motor, directional lighting, traction

Length: 21

in.

Weight: 6.8

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

tires,

QSI sound. Color: black

radius:

0-54

This locomotive has a won-

brake hoses and simulated coupler release

The headlight

brilliant,

is

and the red

marker lights striking. The usual add-on pipes and other details are excellent. The cab is fully detailed with engineer and fireman figures.

The spoked

trailing truck

when

whirling effect

.Amps

Scale

7.0

1.3

10.6

12.0

1.4

37.5

18.0

1.4

63.8

Volts

pull: 2.9 lbs.

derfully detailed nose, with streamlined pilot,

bar.

light Pacifies

with red and yellow trim.

Vital Statistics:

air

to snare passengers

Two conventional

Exposition in San Francisco.

programming are

terrific.

options.

MPH

The whisde and

However, the chuff rate

is

too

bell fast.

no external volume control - the seemed a bit loud to us. The Weaver Valley Flyer looks good and per-

.And there

sound

is

level

forms nicelv indeed. power, check

it

If

you

like

snappy steam

out.

wheels create a neat

motion.

in

Decoration of engine and tender are quite good. The paint application

The

of smearing.

backup

is

in,

free

to test.

Lnlike

a bit of time to

one delivered great low-end

this

speeds from the

start

- averaging 10.6 scale

m.p.h., about as low as get.

and

light.

The Weaver Flyer was fun many brass engines that take break

clean

tender has a bright

oil

The high end was

2.9-pound drawbar

most

O

gauge engines With a should pull the

also very good.

pull,

it

longest passenger car consist.

The smoke sound svstem

unit is

performed very well. The QSI package with no

a basic

Original February,

86

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

Steam

6-2

Road Name

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Roster Number:

(RailKing)

MSRP: $299.00 w/whistle,

Pacific

K4s

1361

Catalog Number:

30-1115

Greenberg

$425.00

Price:

$399.00 w/ProtoSound

The Pennsylvania K.4 has been called America's most popular 4-6-2. Between 1914 and 1928 the Juniata Shops built 425 of them. No. 1361 was retired in 1956 and placed on display at Horse Shoe Curve, outside of Altoona, Pa. Prototype Information:

Can motor,

Features:

headlight, smoke, ProtoSound. Color: Brunswick green, gray smokebox, red

cab roof.

N/A

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 7.2

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

radius: 0-31

pull: 1.6 lbs.

Although scaled down

1.0

12.0

1.9

83.0

18.0

1.9

145.2

very good.

The

in neutral,

but

duplicates every major feature of the original

the engine

is

run on 0-31 track,

this die-cast

K4s, except for the area above the pilot

to

The headlight and

is it

set

out separately from the

casts a bright light.

The

headlight also illuminates the green marker lights

on both

The Other

sides of the boiler.

siderod action

is

dazzling.

details

this

on the fireman's

side,

a distinctively Pennsy loco.

The tender

great - a copy of a Penn-

is

m.p.h.

scale

can be activated only while

will

continue to clang when

in motion. well.

Using a

ZW

for

Drawbar

pull

of 1.6 pounds

should accommodate roughly 70 modern, free-rolling cars.

The

swirling

include piping along the engineer's side and a battery of compressors

making

it

MPH

10.1

power, the speed range was from 10 to 145

the cylinder sides.

boiler face,

bell

The K4s performed

and

Scale

5.8

metal model

Selected Comments:

Amps

Volts

lbs.

noisy,

fan motor

but

it

on the smoke unit

can be shut

off.

is

a bit

Smoke production

on the copious side. This may be the finest looking locomotive yet produced for the RailKing Line, and it is

runs well too.

sylvania long-range tender with increased coal capacity.

The design

is

prototypical

down

to

the trucks.

The recorded ProtoSounds

are

great,

reportedly taken from the lone operating K4s

when

it

Railroad.

sounds

was in service on the Strasburg

There are typical steam engine and compressor clunks, as

like chuffs

well as squealing brakes.

The

whistle sounds

Original December,

CTT Review;

1997 (Bob

Keller)

87

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

Steam

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Pennsylvania

(original release):

MTH

3768

Roster Number:

(RailKing)

MSRP: $299.00 w/whisde,

Catalog Number:

30-1118

Greenberg

S355.00

Price:

$399.00 w/ProtoSound

Sheathed in a Raymond Loewy-designed streamlined

Prototype Information:

K4 and eventually

shell in 1936, this

was dubbed "The Torpedo." The shroud was reworked a couple of vears

later

removed.

Can Motor,

Features:

headlight, smoke,

ProtoSound system. Color: Brunswick green with gold

stripes.

Length:

Vital Statistics:

N/A

Weight: 7.4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

to

Performance:

lbs.

radius:

0-31

pull: 1.5 lbs.

bit

more

Scale

1.4

12.0

2.0

46.8

18.0

2.2

166.6

MPH

19.1

sleek than the model. is

turbine locomotive. To draw another Lionel

is

a scaled-down version

ing photos with the prototype, the real engine die-cast metal shell

Amps

6.9

back to match the contours of the streamlined passenger cars it pulled. This tender is of a Pennsy prototype, but of much later design - it was introduced with the experimental steam

This

be used on tight-radius curves, and compar-

does look a

Volts

The on the wide and tubbv

somewhat mitigating the speedliner image and resembling an old Lionel 238E. The production quality of the shell is superb, and the details are a good rendering side,

of the major surface features of the original.

The curved cab windows, the interior cab detail, the downward angle of the boiler top,

parallel, this

one looks

like a

2671 with

stripes.

The good performance of this engine ical

of

all

is

typ-

the RailKing models we've tested.

It

ran smoothly from a starting range of 16 to a top speed of 166 scale m.p.h. The Torpedo's sound system delivered excellent reproduction.

the raised steps along the front of the nose,

and the cab teristics

side doors

all

are Pennsy charac-

of the era. The marker lights are in

place and illuminated, and there's a swanky winged keystone above the headlight.

Decoration

The gold

is

crisp,

clean,

and subdued. on

striping applied to raised surfaces

the casting adds the right touch of authenticity

to the

model.

But the tender

is all

wrong! The prototype's

top was even with the cab roof and ran straight

Oiiginal December,

CTT Review;

1997 (Bob Keller)

Steam

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

Road Name

Lehigh Valley

(original release):

Roster Number:

2102

(The John Wilkes)

Manufacturer:

Weaver

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $995.00

Original

Greenberg

Price:

1078 $950.00

In response to declining passenger business, the

Lehigh Valley shops transmodernized, bullet-nosed streamlined steamers in 1939. Well-known industrial designer Otto Kuhler handled the make-overs. Both locomotives were assigned to pull The John Wilkes, one of the most handsome trains ever to grace American rails. In all, five LV Pacifies were eventually converted to streamliners. Prototype Information:

formed two

Pacifies into

Features: All-brass construction,

Length:

Vital Statistics:

accurate paint and lettering, sound-equipped, matching cars

and maroon with chrome

able. Color: black

N/A

Weight: 7

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

11.7 oz.

lbs.,

0-42

radius:

pull: 2 lbs., 6.4 oz.

Models of The John Wilkes of, so this model is sure

are virtually unheard to earn

an honored place

O gauge steam Operators brass

any collection of

locomotives.

will

performance of

The

in

be pleased with the top-notch this

model has

handsome

avail-

striping.

streamliner.

Volts

Amps

Scale

6.7

1.5

4.3

12.0

2.0

43.2

16.0

2.1

82.1

MPH

pounds equates to 115 free-rolling cars on straight and level track.

A complete set of passenger match the locomotive is also train will

O

gauge

cars painted to available. This

be a gorgeous sight as

it

races along

your railroad.

a factory-applied finish

that captures the look of the real train.

Even

on most steamer modand includes a firebox

the cab, an afterthought els,

is

nicely detailed

door, throttle,

The

and brake

loco performs as

stand.

good

as

it

looks

and

responds well to a variety of throttle settings. The speed range is excellent. The model did

shimmy when

it

negotiated

switches at low speeds. This

Lionel is

a

0-72

common

occurrence with many of the new brass steamers - their wheel flanges are finer than those

found on older toy train motive power. The engine matches the prototype in every major dimension. With its draw of 1.5 to 2 amps, it won't tax most control systems. The impressive drawbar pull of more than 2

Original September,

CTT Review;

1995 (Marty McGuirk) 89

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

Steam

Road Name

Union

(original release):

2906

Roster Number:

Pacific

Forty-Niner

Weaver

Manufacturer:

Original

MSRP: $1,050.00,

SI, 150.00

w/ sound

Catalog Number:

G1087-LP

Greenberg

$1,100.00

Price:

system

Union Pacific no. 2906 was one of two locomotives the railroad streamlined 1937 to pull the air-conditioned, all-Pullman Forty-Niner between Chicago and San Francisco. Both engines were in service until the end of the steam era. 2906 was scrapped in 1951. Prototype Information:

in

Features: Brass construction,

smoke

unit,

QSI sound system,

directional lighting. Color: a multi-

shade mix of brown and vellow. Vital Statistics:

Length: 21

in.

Weight: 7.3

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments: ful scale

radius:

Performance:

0-54

pull: 1.8 lbs.

Weaver's model

is

a delight-

representation of the prototype.

You

can almost imagine the engine blasting through the Wyoming prairie with a gleaming streamliner in tow. Detailing is exceptional and includes the rounded angles of the streamlined shroud, the water pipes around the cab, the cab interior with figures, and the big vent on the nose. The model also features directional lighting and

operating markers.

The

rate

Amps

Scale

7.6

1.8

16.6

12.0

2.0

56.0

18.0

2.3

84.6

Volts

MPH

was off slightly. At one point, the thing was

chuffing while standing

The

Forty-Niner lives

still.

up

to Weaver's fine rep-

O

gauge steam locomotives. If you are a fan of the U.P., you'll certainly want to consider adding it to your roster. utation for

siderods look great, as

do the painted drivers. The QSI sound system was quite good - nice reproduction and four chuffs per rotation of the drivers.

It

programming

does not have a reset

mode

or

options.

Using a Lionel ZW, the loco delivered excelperformance in all speed ranges. With 1.8 pounds of drawbar pull, it can pull 80 modern, free-rolling cars. For comparison, we hooked lent

up

several other

power sources and noticed a

quirk with the Lionel TrainMaster; the chuff

Original July,

90

CTT Review;

1998 (Bob Keller)

Steam

4-6-4 3450-class Hudson

Road Name

Santa Fe

(original release):

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Pecos River Brass

Original

MSRP: $1,350.00 w/sound,

3450, 3451, 3458

Catalog Number:

N/A

Greenberg

CP

Price:

w/o sound

$1,250.00

Prototype Information:

New

drivers in 1927.

The

first

of the ten 3450-class engines was delivered by Baldwin with 74-inch A rebuilding in 1942 to upgrade per-

79-inch drivers were installed in 1936.

formance included a larger tender. A final rebuilding took place in 1948. The 3450s handled some of the hottest Santa Fe trains between Kansas City, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Three versions are offered: 3450

Features:

as delivered in 1927, 3451 as rebuilt in 1942, and 3458 1948 configuration. Brass construction, Pittman can motors, headlights, and optional

in the final

sound systems. Color: black with Length: 24%

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 8.3

Minimum Drawbar

Selected

Comments: This

silver accents.

Performance:

in.

radius:

0-42

pull: 2.6 lbs.

is

a beautifully crafted

brass locomotive with a wealth of fine detail not

found

typically

in the three-rail field.

The

pilot

has 17 cross braces for the cow-catcher and a

simulated scale knuckle coupler.

The

headlight

and very bright. The bell, which is positioned just ahead of the smoke stack and num-

is

large

ber boards, has

The

its

own

lanyard running back to

and the various added-on piping, whistles, generators, and compressors are as nice as one could hope for. The cab is remarkably detailed, with two crewmen, a redhandled throttle, firebox door, and sunshades on the windows. As the engine is finely the cab.

catwalks

too

so

detailed,

is

the

oil

tender, with

its

and backup and lettering are first-rate. Measuring from the pilot to the oversize

hatches, handrails, 6-wheel trucks, light.

The

paint

tender coupler, the engine measures about 7

Note there whistle

in

no smoke

nor

is

there a

the loco without sound.

Sound

effects are a

is

unit,

matter of personal

system in this locomotive

left

taste,

but the

something

to

be

desired. In the end, after consulting with the

MPH

Scale

29.2

9.1

2.0

12.0

2.1

53.1

18.0

2.1

107.3

Model Railroader and Trains magazine staffs, we concluded that the Pecos River sound was probably more prototypical than not, but wasn't especially robust, nor did

additional

features

that

it

it

have the

Railsounds

or

ProtoSound have. In other words, it didn't sound like what we believe a toy train sound system should sound like. The engine delivered good performance in all speed ranges - good acceleration and deceleration - and the Pittman motor was ultra-quiet. This loco

modern

cars

on

should pull about 150

straight

and

level track.

more deland we expeof trouble with screws that had

Brass trains in general tend to be icate

than

many

rienced a bit

die-cast models,

worked themselves loose during shipment. Give the locomotive a thorough check, and tighten

No

scale feet longer than the prototype.

Amps

Volts

lbs.

all

screws before attempting to run

it.

owner's manual or other instruction

sheets were packed with the model, which led

us to a bit of confusion

when

trying to trou-

bleshoot our loose-screw problem. In the end, the troubles were correctable, and running these smart-looking

Hudsons was a Original

lot

of fun.

CTT Review;

January, 2000 (Bob Keller)

91

4-6-4 Hi-class Hudson

Steam

Road Name

(original release):

Manufacturer:

Original

2858, 2860

Roster Number:

Pacific

Weaver

1074

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $899.00

Prototype Information:

HI

Canadian

Greenberg

Popularly

known

as the "Royal

$900.00

Price:

Hudson"

series, these

models represent

class

locomotives built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in the late 1930s.

Features:

Formed

brass construction with applied plastic details, can motor,

QSI reverse

unit;

QSI

steam sound can be added by owner. Available in British Columbia, Royal Hudson markings (no. 2860) and Canadian Pacific fleet markings (no. 2858). Vital Statistics:

Length: 25% Weight: 8.5

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

6

radius:

0-42

pull: 3 lbs.,

13 oz.

Selected Comments: Weaver has faithfully reproduced the originals from the paint scheme and lettering to the distinctive Canadian Pacific grab irons and tear-drop smoke stack. The paint job is excellent, lettering and outlining sharp. Name plates and builder's plates

Of

Amps

Scale

9

1.8

26.2

12

2.0

52.8

18

3.0

105.6

able to pull 200 Weaver freight cars

and

level track

long,

-

if

MPH

9.1

1.0

on

straight

you have a straightaway that

and the couplers hold.

Weaver's Canadian Pacific Hudsons represent

welcome additions

roster of

to the ever-growing

O gauge motive power. Imagine these

course,

stunning Hudsons on display in a collection or

on the running boards

pulling a string of matching Weaver or Lionel

are finished with raised lettering.

the royal crest appears

Volts

lbs.

Canadian

above the cylinders.

Pacific passenger cars.

Constant-voltage headlight, working marker

on both loco and tender, and a working backup light are highlights. Motive power comes from a horizontally mounted can motor that may be operated with any AC transformer. Traction tires are on the first and third drivers. The motor is smooth and quiet and didn't lights

stall at

the lowest transformer voltage.

The

fly-

wheel coasting feature works well without creating a runaway effect if the power is shut off suddenly.

Drawbar

pull

is

an impressive 3 pounds, 13

ounces, which means the engine should be

Original July,

92

l

CT1

c)94

Review;

(Tom

Rollo)

Steam

4-6-4 J-class Hudson

Road Name

New York

(original release):

Central

Manufacturer: K-Line

Original

5335

Roster Number:

MSRP: $399.00

Catalog Number:

K3270-5335

Greenberg

CP

Price:

The New York Central J-class Hudsons saw service pulling the The railroad owned 275 of these built-by-Alco steamers.

Prototype Information:

line's hottest

passenger trains for years.

Features:

Can motor

with flywheel, constant voltage headlight, smoke, illuminated marker lights,

digital whistle, traction tires. Color: black.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 20

in.

Weight: 7.3

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

8.2

tional-sized

12.0

.9

74.3

18.0

1.7

119.0

Without a doubt,

this J-class

engine

is

heft. It

described as that "postwar

feel," a

tion of weight, a solid feel,

first

has what

backup light. The tether that joins the loco and tender is of proper length and doesn't cause a dangling distraction.

The

is

combina-

and the look of

clean tooling and smooth paint. In it is

tradi-

many ways

model, but very proportional. This engine packs a surprising level of detail into a

through a

and

sharp

The cow catcher has see-through and a pivoted simulated front coupler.

clean.

struts

The

is

boiler features cast-in piping as well as

add-on handrails,

The

bell,

and

The spoked

drivers are

Although

all

it

-

has the

it

cuts off a micro-

good.

is

unit produces

under way with 10

best

its

when

or more. Rather nice

volts

puffing effect.

overall,

and

lettering application

smooth

is

but there was a smudge on one of the

compressor shields on the

The engine had

pilot of our sample.

and stops, and motor noise was

gentle starts

excellent speed response,

The

virtually nonexistent.

whistle.

side rods are suitably captivating

in motion.

truly elegant

quickly, the tone

The smoke

Paint

tooling for the die-cast boiler

is

valley.

second too

relatively small space.

The

whistle

haunting sound of a steam engine echoing

akin to the postwar Lionel 2046 - not a

scale

MPH

35.3

radius: 0-31

Hudsons ever produced. The this

Scale

.7

pull: 1.75 lbs.

engine qualifies as one of the finest impression of

Amps

Volts

consistent average

when

low speed of 35 scale m.p.h.

black.

high-end speed of 1 19

is

The traction tires actually have treads. The cab has a fully decorated backhead

average drawbar pull of

with a red lens for firebox glow and a sitting

O

Hudson should meet

is

more

1 .8

a bit

fast.

in line.

The

With an

pounds, the K-Line

the needs of most typical

gauge freight and passenger

service.

engineer. There are illuminated marker lights

on both the engine and tender and

a working

Original

CTT Review;

May, 1999 (Bob

Keller)

93

4-6-4 J-class Hudson

Steam

Road Name (also

New York Central

(original release):

Chesapeake

&

Ohio, Chicago

8c

5405

Roster Number:

North

Western, Santa Fe) Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

MSRP: $499.95

Command- and

Catalog Number:

28007

Greenberg

$425.00

Price:

RailSounds-equipped, $399.95 traditional

New York Central J-class Hudson, one of 275 such Alco locos owned bv the They saw sen ice pulling the line's hotshot passenger trains for years.

Prototype Information:

railroad.

Features: New tooling for this scaled-dowai version of what was undoubtedly the classic tov train steam engine prototype. Die-cast construction, can motor, smoke, headlight, firebox glow, 12wheel tender; available with RailSounds and command control. Color: black.

Length:

Vital Statistics:

N/A

Weight: 7

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

Volts 8.3

lbs.

radius:

0-27

pull: 2 lbs.

Produced in Korea, this model resembles other models made in the Far East for .American companies - immaculate tooling, smooth, clean decoration, and great operability. Although it is scaled down, the design is a good representation of the original. Comparing the model with various prototype drawings and photos, we can say that the

The sound

Selected Comments:

Amps

Scale

MPH

39.5

1.3

12.0

1.5

80.4

18.0

2.6

130.4

is

beautiful,

particularly

the

which clangs realistically as if operated by hand. The whistle sound tapers down and up authentically, with a faint echo. No rude bell,

cutoff here.

the markers in the face of the smokebox. Most

There were a couple of intermittent gremshowed up on our sample. The loco rotated through the workshop as well as several home layouts, and these phantom problems did not occur on all of them. One was a drop out of some steam sounds when at idle, another was random ctit out of the sound svstem after about 10 minutes of running, and

photos of the J-3 engines we've seen have no markers. The J-2 class units had them

stay shut. Regardless, the

mounted above

all

engine

nails the essential flavor

NYC. steamer.

The add-on

particularly the plates

One might

of the classic

details are all nice,

beneath the headlight.

quibble about the placement of

the smokebox.

Speed control was very good. Drawbar was exceptionally high for equal to

a small

lins that

the last was an ElectroCoupler that wouldn't

rave reviews from

all

locomotive got over-

who

ran

it.

pull

steamer -

120 modern, free-rolling cars on

straight and level track. The smoke unit was one of the best we've seen; one could actualh see a ring of smoke drifting from the stack

when

at rest.

Original December,

94

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

Steam

4-6-4 J-class Hudson

Road Name

New York

(original release):

Central

Manufacturer: Williams

MSRP: $599.00

Original

Features:

New York

Built by Alco, the

Prototype Information:

formers, which could be seen

on the point of the

Large can motor with flywheel,

5205

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

CS100W

Greenberg

$460.00

Price:

Central J-class Hudsons were legendary per-

road's finest passenger trains.

digital whistle, constant-voltage headlight, optional front

coupler, die-cast construction. Color: black.

Length: 24

Vital Statistics:

Minimum Drawbar

Selected

Comments: This

The

metal steamer.

large, well-detailed

price.

There

is

is

is

radius:

6.4

0-31

pull: 2.7 lbs.

Williams' is

first die-cast

to

produce a

locomotive at a competitive

much about

this

classic

model

that

700E.

six-axle

tender features a

rivet detail. It

digital whistle

sound

full

50.2

12.0

1.7

106.8

18.0

2.2

168.0

at

MPH

home. Even then, the blind

center drivers were way off the

rail.

The smoke unit provides adequate output, but ours seemed to puff in spurts rather than The Hudson performed like a champ. Even though there is a lot of metal to move, starts were gentle and speeds were even throughout the throttle range.

The

coal load

houses the simple

that tapers off gently

and

No

No

balking.

hesitation.

lowest average speed for our test loop was

50 scale m.p.h., the high speed a rocketing 168. In this regard, the Williams

model, but runs

like a scale

The engine comes

Hudson

looks

like a toy train.

with an extra pilot

assembly with a nonoperating knuckle coupler

To swap pilots, all you remove three screws. This is a ter-

for doubleheading.

have to do

minimal, but well done.

The

seemed more

Scale

1.5

a steady stream.

a fine representation of a J-class

Hudson. It matches the prototype's 96-foot length and most of the detail and points of reference are there, although there may be a bit more see-through space beneath the boiler than on the prototype. The spoked drivers look great, and the running gear appears very busy when under way. There isn't any cab detail because the large can motor takes up so much space. Paint application is smooth, but a bit shiny. Decoration is

and ample

Amps

Volts

lbs.

firm's goal

reminds one of Lionel's This

Performance:

in.

Weight: 10.3

rific

is

innovation.

Williams one.

is

at the

top of

The Hudson runs

its

game

well, looks

with this

good, and

of anyone looking for two

realistically after the blast.

should head the

Although Williams points out that the Hudson can run on 0-31 curves, we did most of our testing on tubular 0-42 track, where it

handfuls of die-cast metal steamer that don't

list

cost a fortune.

Original

CTT Review;

May, 1999 (Bob

Keller)

95

4-6-4 L1 -class Hudson

Steam

Road Name

Chesapeake

(original release):

& Ohio

18043

Catalog Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

490

Roster Number:

MSRP: Si, 265.95

Greenberg

SI, 250.00

Price:

C&O's postwar LI class streamlined Hudsons were originally shrouded-oyer new trailing trucks. Designed to pull a daylight coach streamliner called "The

Prototype Information:

F-19 Pacifies with

and Cincinnati, the

Chessies" between Washington, D.C.,

L-ls

were rebuilt

in 1946. Ironically, the

Chessie trains were cancelled, so these locomotiyes saw service between Washington and Charlottesville, Va.

By 1953, the

C&O

had dieselized

its

passenger

trains, so the L-ls

went into

early retirement.

Accurate model of prototype, die-cast boiler

Features:

RailSounds

II.

Color: Yellow boiler

Length:

Vital Statistics:

N/A

stripe, silver

command-control equipped.

shell,

and

gray.

Volts

Amps

Scale

11

2.0

11.7

0-42

14

2.5

32.2

pull: 2.07 lbs.

16

2.7

57.1

Weight: 12.5

Minimum Drawbar

and tender

Performance:

lbs.

radius:

C&O

The

MPH

motives produced by several manufacturers.

example of the diehatch, and recess found on the prototype has been included on

The model combines

the model.

Selected Comments: Lionel's

a string of streamlined

RailSounds

package that

O

work,

heft, beautiful die

and command control

II,

will certainly

a collection or

is another in gauge steam loco-

in

a

garner attention in

on a layout

Lionel certainly took a risk with this model,

The

boiler shell

cutter's art

The

- even

is

silver paint

lettering clear

a fine

rivet, bolt,

is

evenly applied, with

and evenly

on our sample, there was poor color separation between the yellow and the silver. The yelalong

run-

low didn't completely cover the

silver

ning gear and drive components are identical

both walkways and the boiler top

fluting.

but

it

started with a solid foundation.

found

to those

New York

in the

smooth-running

This particular version of RailSounds tures

all

steamer,

The

scale

Central Hudson. II

the nuances of sound from a real

The Canadian

Pacific's Royal

caplive

Hudson.

all

registered. However,

We had some

trouble with bent pins

on the

connector between loco and tender. They could be straightened, but one doesn't expect to find

such flaws on a product costing more

than a grand.

and whistle are melodic, not the static found is some other sound systems. The loco is command-control equipped for use bell

pulses

with Lionel's TrainMaster system.

The Chessie ran silky smooth, negotiating 0-42 curves with finesse. With a drawbar pull of 2.1 pounds, it is capable of pulling 96 freerolling O gauge freight cars on straight and level track.

Original July,

(

TTT Review;

1996 (Marty McCUiirk)

4-6-4 Hudson (Alco F7) (Hiawatha)

Steam

Road Name

Milwaukee Road

(original release):

100

Roster Number:

(Hiawatha)

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

(RailKing)

MSRP: $329.95 w/whistle

Prototype Information:

became

drivers, they

Six of these locos

Catalog Number:

30-1127

Greenberg

$385.00

Price:

were delivered by Alco

in 1938. Streamlined, with 84-inch

the fastest steam-powered locomotives in regular service in the world.

The F7s

were assigned to Hiawatha service between Chicago and Minneapolis. They were scrapped between 1949 and 1951. Features:

gray,

Headlight, smoke, ProtoSound or whistle, die-cast construction. Color: maroon, orange,

and

black.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 23

in.

Weight: 9.2

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

This

Performance:

7.8

radius:

0-27

pull: 3.4 lbs.

may be

a scaled-down

version of the real Hiaivatha, but

it

faithfully

captures the beautiful lines of the original,

from the smooth contours of the nose

to the

fluting of the tender.

The see-through spoked rific,

drivers look ter-

and the running gear catches the eye

as

faint noise

Amps

Scale

MPH

22.0

1.1

12.0

1.5

72.3

18.0

2.7

103.0

from running gear

friction virtually

vanished after a second lubrication. Overall, the performance was as good as one could hope in both the low and high ranges. The drawbar pull should be enough to

handle any

train, freight

or passenger.

it

The cab includes side on the windows, and a nicely detailed interior. The engine has a powerful headlight and illuminated marker lights. The tender is a good copy of the original, with sixwheel trucks and fluted sides. Decoration is superb. The colors are rich and well-applied, and lettering and nose herrolls

down

Volts

the track.

doors, safety bars

ald are excellent.

The smoke

unit delivered such a torrent of

fumes that everyone knew an engine was being tested without actually entering the workshop.

The

digital electronic whistle sounded good and delivered a deep tone. A version with ProtoSound is also available. The engine is driven by a can motor with flywheel; it coasts well and operates silently. A

pretty

Original December,

CTT Review;

1998 (Bob

Keller)

97

4-6-4 (E4-class) Hudson (Streamlined)

Steam

Road Name

Chicago

(original release):

&

4008

Roster Number:

North Western

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

(Premier)

MSRP: S899.95

The North Western's

Prototype Information:

motive streamlining. Nine of them, oil

all

E4-class

Catalog Number:

20-3034-1

Greenberg

$1,000.00

Hudson

reliable loco.

Features:

Mars

Most pulled premium

Length: 25^

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

This

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

3 oz.

radius:

0-54

pull: 3 lbs.,

MTH

art-deco styling

on

its

9 oz.

model compares

well to the prototype's dimensions.

oration.

and 1961. The E4 had a reputation and the Challenger.

as a fast

trains like the Forty-Niner

headlight,

Color: Pullman green.

Weight: 12

lights

mark of loco-

Can motor, ProtoSound, ProtoSmoke, ProtoCoupler, illuminated markers,

light.

Vital Statistics:

rific

represents the high-water

coal burners, were delivered by Alco in 1938. Converted to

a decade later, they were scrapped between 1953

and

Price:

It

has

ter-

and enough red and white

nose to qualify as a Christmas dec-

The

and the recessed located in a cavity on the

vents at the top

Amps

Scale

6.8

1.4

14.9

12.0

1.6

36.4

18.0

1.6

59.2

Volts

MPH

The engine packs ProtoSound and The sound

usual array of ProtoFeatures.

tem

is

good, and the throaty whisde

is

the sys-

a notch

above most we've heard.

MTH offers a matching streamlined passen-

"down flat" whistle roof add a neat futuristic element. The understated paint scheme reflects a "less is more" philosophy. It is basic Pullman green, with yellow accent stripes. We noted no

ger car array to go with the E4, similar to those

flaws in the paint or the application of letters

ber seeing one quite regularly at the point of the afternoon mail/express train - eight or

and

heralds.

looks great,

The and

builder's plate

C&NW the

on the

logo on the nose

engine has an Alco

side of the boiler.

The E4 handled our

test train

0-54 and wider curves very

with ease and

well. There were no tracking problems, and the engine offered sure-footed acceleration and deceleration. The locomotive had a low-speed average of about 15 scale m.p.h., and a high-end of just under 60. While this seems slow for a toy train, it is very close to prototypical. The drawbar pull roughly equals 170 modern pieces of rolling stock on straight and level track.

the real engine pulled during

its

many other

kinds of service as well.

(I

remem-

nine heavy-weight head-enders and one lone yellow and green "rider car" -

bound from Green Bay to Chicago in the early 1950s.) The E4 weighs a ton, looks great, and runs well. You can't ask for more than that, can you?

Original September,

98

glory years.

But don't get locked into that prototype trap, because this stunning locomotive looks great in

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

4-6-4 Streamlined Hudson J-le (Commodore Vanderbilt)

Steam

Road Name

New York

(original release):

Central

Greenberg

MSRP: $1,295.95

New York

Prototype Information:

Central J-le Hudson,

1934, as the Commodore Vanderbilt, a

it

became

the

first

shroud designed by Henry Dreyfuss replaced the

was returned to

its

Minimum Drawbar

This

Selected Comments:

gunmetal

light

Length: 2414 Weight: 12

Alco in 1931. In

engine

traction tires, directional headlight,

II,

gray.

Performance:

in.

radius:

0-54

pull: 2.6 lbs.

a beautiful locomo-

is

and Lionel's engineers went out of

way

to recapture the one-of-a-kind

their

look of the

A

comparison with prototype photos shows the model to be right on target, down to the sheet metal-like wave in the texture of the skirt.

built by

Commodore Vanderbilt vestments. The

lbs.

tive

original.

number 5344 was

original configuration in 1948.

Command-equipped. Color: Vital Statistics:

$900.00

Price:

streamlined steam loco in America. In 1939,

Pullmor motor, Magne-Traction, Railsounds

Features:

18045

Catalog Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

777 (5344)

Roster Number:

The model's length and height compare

Volts

Amps

Scale

10.5

1.7

19.7

14.1

1.8

65.4

16.5

2.1

91.1

firebox door are nice touches.

MPH

The smoke

when not

in the

command

control mode.

The drive systems from 1990's 1-700E scale Hudson, with modifications and improvements,

in the Commodore Vanderbilt. an upgraded version of Magne-

used

is

There

Although the shroud styling is great, the roof molding above both windows is a bit rough. We couldn't determine if it was a mold defect or a

Traction for better traction and adhesion.

process.

some point

in the

Minute imperfections

production

also

appear in

the metal finish at several points in the

The shade of gunmetal

skirt.

gray that Lionel used

sparked a good deal of controversy with enthusiasts

who contend

that the engine was actually

darker. Lionel contends

the original to go by.

had paint chips from Lettering and graphic it

design are prototypically pure understatement. Details worth noting:

The

grillwork in front

of the stack beautifully crowns the nose.

backhead

in the

gauges. Directional light

that glows

The

maze of pipes and lighting and a red firebox

cab

is

a

through the holes

in

The

disc drivers look great.

favorably to the prototype.

flaw created at

unit

produces a goodly amount of smoke even

is

also

The motor ran smoothly and was quite more noisy than expected.

responsive, but

Perhaps the metal amplifies

the

shell acts as a resonator

armature helped a

The

little.

die-cast metal tender holds

Railsounds

II

and

motor's whirring. Oiling the

system and speaker.

both the

The sounds

generated were impressive - the chuffs, thumps, and compressors will liven any operating session. There are two coupler choices regular magnetic and the Electrocoupler for

use with the TrainMaster system.

The speed ranges were very good and the 2.6-pound drawbar pull should handle any O scale express easily.

the Original

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May, 1997 (Bob

Keller)

99

4-6-4 Streamlined Hudson J-1e (Commodore Vanderbilt)

Steam

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

5344

Roster Number:

Central

(RailKing)

MSRP: $429.95

$329.95

New York

(original release):

w/ sound,

Catalog Number:

30-1133

Greenberg

$390.00

Price:

w/o sound

Prototype Information:

The New York Central advertised the Commodore Vanderbilt as the world's first train when it was unveiled in 1934. The locomotive was a regulation

steam-powered streamlined J-class

Hudson

Features:

with a sheet-metal shroud to give

Headlight, traction

tires,

it

a sleek appearance.

optional ProtoSound, die-cast construction. Color: dark gun-

metal gray.

Length: 2VA

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 7.5

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Commodore

Performance:

in.

lbs.

0-27

radius:

pull: 2.1 lbs.

In the toy train world, the

Vanderbilt has

certainly

made

its

mark. Both Lionel and Marx produced mod-

during the prewar

els

Lionel

made

a

era.

More

recently,

Commodore that

scale-like

sparked a controversy over the color shade of the original.

This engine was designed with obvious

erence to the prototype, but

down

for the RailKing line.

it is

It is

ref-

plainly scaled

a

full

10 scale

and a foot lower than an exact scale model would be. To some, it seems to be a little too squat and a little too short.

feet shorter

The

metal shell

die-cast

is

detailed to reflect major points type.

Of particular

impressive,

on the proto-

Amps

Volts

Scale

MPH

33.7

8.8

1.5

12.0

2.0

59.9

18.0

2.9

115.7

applied, as are the words

"New York

Central"

and "Commodore Vanderbilt."

The six-axle tender is a beauty. There is what seems to be a simulated light or a receptacle for a backup light on the rear, but, alas, none is installed. The spoked drivers have metal

rims,

and

the silver running gear beneath the skirting really stands out.

The Vandy's operation is in line with other The motor is fairly quiet,

RailKing products. the sound system

is

good, and the engine

delivers quick response in

Drawbar

pull roughly

all

speed ranges.

approximates 90 mod-

ern, free-rolling cars.

note are the recesses along

the top of the boiler where the smokestack, whistle,

and

bell are place.

The

sides replicate

the locomotive's steel plating nicely.

The New York the headlight

may be

is

Central Lines shield under

a nice touch.

Many

familiar only with the later

Central System herald.

The dark

hobbyists

New

paint

is

York

neatly

Original July,

100

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

Steam

4-8-2 L-3a

Road Name

(original release):

New York

Central

MSRP: $1,300.00

Original

The

Prototype Information:

freight service; however,

majority of

18009

Greenberg

$820.00

Price:

L-3a was built by Alco in 1940 and was designed primarily for fast

first

demand

the

them served out

Catalog Number:

required, they could also be used

their lives pulling

NYC

on passenger

light,

trains.

The

passenger consists.

Die-cast metal construction, smoke, RailSounds, operating headlight,

Features:

backup

if

3000

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Mohawk

marker lamps,

firebox glow, improved Pullmor motor. Color: black.

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight:

N/A N/A

Minimum Drawbar

radius:

pull:

Volts

Performance:

0-42

N/A

Amps

MPH

Scale

9

1.75

9.10

12

2.20

47.43

15

2.50

71.14

boiler, tender, pilot,

Perhaps the main unhappiness factor surrounding the Mohawk is its price. Lionel pleases operators by redesigning the Pullmor motor to improve performance, yet prices it at

high as

a level to

Selected Comments: Lionel did a

creating the

good job

NYC Mohawk. The

in re-

dimensions

and the level of detail on the and running gear is just as the detail on the Hudson.

are very close,

Although many will probably spend their lives in boxes or display cases, these locomotives were designed to run. The Pullmor motor is

a completely

new

bearings for the

smooth, thanks

Mohawk range.

design, incorporating ball

first

to

time.

its

The gearbox

is

also

bearings. As a result, the

ran splendidly with a scale-like speed

The

The

accommodate

"investors."

L-3a represents the culmination of the

great design Lionel. But

it

and

quality advances

also serves as a

production and pricing crossroads the toy train industry stands.

performance have appear

to

cost

made by

symbol for the

Do

at

which

beauty and

more?

It

would

so.

thing creeps along with the best of

the can motor crowd.

The RailSounds comes with an amplifier board and volume control, so that even battered ear drums can enjoy the synchronized sound of steam, the bell, and the whistle. Like the loco, the tender also has operating

marker lamps and a backup light. Our sample worked without a out of the box. It was awesome.

hitch, right

Original

CTT Review;

February, 1 991 (Jim Bunte)

101

4-8-4 Northern

Steam

Road Name

Northern

(original release):

Pacific

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

MSRP: $850.00

2626

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

18016

Greenberg

$520.00

Price:

Alco built this unit in 1929-30 as a demonstrator. It was the first steam engine be equipped with roller-bearing trucks. Originally numbered 1 1 1 1, it made the rounds of 14 different railroads before being purchased by Northern Pacific in 1933. Renumbered as 2626, it Prototype Information:

to

pulled long-distance passenger trains for 20 years.

Features: Die-cast

It

was scrapped in 1958.

metal construction, steam RailSounds, smoke, Magne-Traction. Color: gray and

black.

Length: 23

Vital Statistics:

Weight:

Minimum Drawbar

engine

is

radius:

0-31

Northern

Pacific

generally faithful to the appearance

It has the correct wheel arrangement and comes close to matching the dimensions of the actual locomotive. Few compromises with details have been made. Even more interesting, the piece isn't a generic 4-8-4, but rather a model of a locomo-

of the prototype.

tive that

occupies a special place in the devel-

opment of

steamers: Alco's no. 1111,

dubbed

"Four Aces." Overall, the loco and tender is about 20 percent shorter than a scale model, but correct in height. As for details, especially pleas-

ing are the bell, boards.

The

smokebox door, and number and green classi-

large headlight

fication lights nicely

do the

copy the prototype. So

Volts

Amps

8.5

2.2

Scale

MPH

51.14

10.0

2.3

83.92

11.0

2.4

112.85

some

controversy

regarding

Lionel's paint job. Existing (black

and white)

pull: 12 oz.

This

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

N/A

There

is

photographs show the smokebox to be lighter

The black and gray seem to be right, so could Lionel have reversed them? The locomotive generally performs well. It has a drawbar pull of 12 ounces, which means it can handle 24 cars on straight and level track. Where this 4-8-4 disappoints is that it does not operate more like the real loco - it than the rest of the engine.

colors

way the Northern it starts fast and quickly exceeds the prototype's record speed of 88 m.p.h. But then, that's part of the fun of can't pull at slow speeds the

Pacific version did. Rather,

toy trains.

Operators

will

be happy that Lionel

is

mak-

and white-painted

ing a Northern, particularly one with decent

but in about the right position.

The sand dome is too large The 12-wheel

drawbar pull. They will probably enjoy the smoke, the firebox glow, and never grow tired

tender has ladders and railings that follow

of the simulated steam sounds.

siderods, handrails,

number and

class.

the prototype.

Original

CTT Review;

March, 1993 (Roger Carp)

102

Steam

4-8-4 2900-series Northern

Road Name

(original release):

Manufacturer:

Original

MTH

2926

Roster Number:

(RailKing)

MSRP: $429.95

$329.95

Santa Fe

w/ sound,

Catalog Number:

30-1140

Greenberg

$410.00

Price:

w/o sound

The Santa Fe 2900-series Northerns, constructed by Baldwin in 1943 and upon an earlier design. They delivered superb performance in both freight and passenger service until they were retired in 1959. Six of these engines are still on public display at various museums and points along the line. Prototype Information:

1944, were based

I

Headlight and smoke unit; ProtoSound version available. Color: black.

Features:

Vital Statistics:

Length: 24X Weight: 15

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments: sized. It

is

type, but

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

radius: 0-31

pull: 3 lbs., 15 oz.

This Northern

is

not scale

20 scale feet shorter than the proto-

it

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3 oz.

looks great anyway. All the tooling

made for this specific locomotive. The nose is well-balanced and, with its bell above the headlight and twin shields on the used was

deck above the pilot, is unmistakably Santa Fe. Marker lights are set in the boiler face, and the smokestack simulates a stack extension in the lowered position. Train number boards are placed mid-boiler, and piping, riveting, and other details have been incorporated into the body.

Amps

MPH

Scale

26.0

7.5

1.5

12.0

2.1

80.8

18.0

2.1

138.4

Unbelievably, the Northern

is

operate on 0-31 track, although

designed to its

size

and

overhang make it look a bit awkward doing so. We encountered a few problems with the pilot overhang bumping into things, so you might want to take the first lap or two around your layout carefully.

We tested a whistle-only model and it sounded good. A ProtoSound version is also available. The smoke unit worked generously. Operationally, the only problem we encountered was a tender coupler that tended to pop open. Performance was superb, smooth, and

The siderods and running gear look great and provide a focal point when the engine is under way. The drivers are of the silverrimmed variety, currently popular among

even regardless of load. The drawbar pull

manufacturers.

high for detail and operability.

The tender is also unique

to this

a close match to the original, with

is

equal to about 70 pieces of modern, freerolling cars

on

straight

and

level track.

RailKing's Santa Fe Northern sets the bar

model, and

its

elaborate

and correct four-axle trucks. Its sharp angles, and hatches are all in the

rivet detail

curves,

right places too.

Original October,

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

103

4-8-4 GS4-class Northern

Steam Road Name

Southern

(original release):

4449

Roster Number:

Pacific

(Daylight)

Catalog Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Greenberg

MSRP: S994.95

18071

S900.00

Price:

The Southern Pacific GS4-class Northerns were produced by Lima Prototype Information: Locomotive Works and entered service in 1941. With 5,500 h.p. and a speed of 110, many believe these engines were the best performers of the SP steam era. They were replaced bv diesels in Daylight service in 1955. Bv 1959. all but two of the Northerns had been retired. Pullmor motor, RailSounds, Command-equipped. Color: orange, vermil-

Features: Die-cast metal,

ion, black,

and

Vital Statistics:

silver.

Length: 23

in.

Weight: 10

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

0-31

radius:

pull: 1.4 lbs.

This

is

the third Daylight

locomotive Lionel has produced in the past two decades - the no. 8307 in 1983 and the no.

18007 in 1991 preceded it. As were the earlier versions,

The only

postwar offering.

model

is

N&W

real differ-

ence is in the nose and the streamlined sides. Although this is a physically impressive locomotive, it is far from a scale model in manv ways, not the least of which is length - 16 scale top-qualitv decoration.

Paint application was clean as silk.

Of special note

is

and

clear -

smooth

the delicate Daylight

lettering near the steam chest

and the nomen-

clature data beneath the cab windows.

The GS4 has lights,

bright over-and-under head-

two green marker

lights,

and

illumi-

nated number boards. The metal tender fea-

and two markers that work when the engine is running in reverse. tures a large headlight

Cosmetically, the only distraction

tether that,

no matter how you

is

the engine

try to

secure

plops out the side of the engine. This visual

is

it.

a real

The RailSounds from

the prototype 4449 are

Running or

sounds are second

to

46.6

16.0

3.2

118.1

18.0

3.2

144.9

Scale

MPH

and the air horn in command You now have two ways to the crossings, and both sound good.

the steam whistle

mode clear

is

a great idea.

the loco

is

disappointing.

our normal break-in period and a layout run, the performance was so poor that we acquired a second sample to test. It was bet-

Even

ter,

after

but unfortunately

still

below reasonable

expectations. Both locos took fairly high voltage to get

around our

test track

without

stalling.

Lubrication was not the answer. Entering

own, even when within two feet of the lockon. Performance noticeablv improved the longer the trains ran, especially the second sample.

Using a conventional transformer, the lowoperating speed was 46.4 scale m.p.h. That was the lowest speed at which we could run the engine without it stalling on our 0-42 curves. Using the TrainMaster system did

est consistent

not significantly alter that performance.

at rest, the

engine

none, and having both

Daylight does not have Magne-Traction.

but uses the engine's weight and two traction tires

to deliver a respectable 1.4

drawbar

pounds of

pull.

Original

CTT Rei'ieiv;

March, 1999 (Bob

104

some

and at lower speed, it stalled and required a push to get through. On 0-72 track, the engines performed moderately better, but thev sometimes lurched and slowed down on their

The

annoyance.

outstanding.

2.4

0-42 curves, the engine wheels seemed to bind,

feet short of the mark.

Our samples had

Amps

11.4

Operationally, this

based on the tooling developed for the J-class

Volts

Keller)

Steam

4-8-4 GS4-class Northern

Road Name

Southern

(original release):

4449

Roster Number:

Pacific

(Daylight)

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

(Premier)

MSRP: $999.95

Catalog Number:

20-3029

Greenberg

CP

Price:

Prototype Information: The Southern Pacific GS4-class Northerns were produced by Lima Locomotive Works and entered service in 1941. With 5,500 h.p. and a speed of 110, many believe these engines were the best performers of the SP steam era. By 1959, all but two were out of service, and they were on public display.

Features:

Large can motor, ProtoSound, ProtoSmoke, ProtoCoupler, directional lighting. Color:

Daylight paint scheme.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 29

in.

Weight: 13

lbs.,

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments: Yet

Performance:

radius:

7.0

0-54

pull: 2.9 lbs.

another Daylight engine?

O

gauge models by a

number of manufacturers

in recent years, this

Yes,

amid the

variety of

one may indeed be the top dog of the pack. is one magnificent hunk of die-cast metal.

The

It

clean streamlined elegance of the pilot

sets the

tone for the rest of the model. The

nose features two large headlights: a Mars

on top and

light

a conventional headlight

below. There are illuminated

and twin marker

The

lights

number boards

on the

boilerfront.

streamlining on the flanks looks great,

and many

and extra touches add the model. Seen from the side,

details

authenticity to

the top of the boiler has a gentle arch, a slick

nod to the prototype. The GS4 has a great-looking set of drivers with polished rims. The all-weather cab interior

is

illuminated, with a decorated backhead,

engineer and fireman.

MPH

19.7

12.0

1.9

60.9

18.0

2.4

120.0

to connect.

The ProtoSound has

the usual array of fea-

tures: digital whistle, bell,

enhanced passenger

steam sounds, and

station

sounds that have a

delightful echo, suggesting a train shed in a

big terminal. However, there wasn't a diesel

horn sound audible

in

our

test.

The GS4s had

both horn and whistle.

The smoke

unit generates the expected

plume. The locomotive comes with a comprehensive instruction manual and parts list. The Daylight is smooth and responsive in all speed ranges and has a drawbar pull far greater than might be needed in passenger service. In short, it runs as good as it looks. billowing

white

this

is

supposed

to

be an 0-54

engine, we ran into a few problems with pilot

silver,

and vermilion colors

make a

loco that stands out,

and cab overhang even on our 0-72 track. Keep an eye on your trackside scenery and switch machines the first lap or two around

orange, black, to

Scale

1.6

details and a ProtoCoupler for uncoupling anywhere on the layout. The reverse unit tether between loco and tender is somewhat difficult

Although

The

Amps

rich flat

Paint application

combine

Volts

11 oz.

streaking like a

The tender

is

precise.

comet down the main also

line.

has plenty of realistic

the layout.

Original September,

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

105

4-8-4 J-class Northern

Steam

Road Name

Norfolk

(original release):

& Western

Catalog Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Greenberg

MSRP: $899.95

To meet the need for a fast,

Prototype Information: J,

612

Roster Number:

Price:

18040 $1,150.00

reliable locomotive,

incorporating some proven features of older engines.

The

N&W engineers designed the had 18 of them,

railroad

built

between 1941 and 1950. Features: Die-cast

locomotive and tender, RailSounds

maroon and gold Vital Statistics:

Length:

N/A

Weight: 7

lbs.,

Minimum Drawbar

is

striking.

smoke, MultiWhistle. Color: black with

Performance:

The

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Scale

9.0

11.0

12.0

46.0

18.0

65.4

6 oz.

radius: 0-31

pull: 2 lbs., 2 oz.

Selected Comments: Lionel's latest version of the

J

II,

striping.

colors

and

finish

are ex-

more

Lionel could have found a to

handle

MPH

attractive

way

this detail. It's a noticeable flaw in

and the black has just the right amount of luster. The most apparent difference between this model and the earlier ones is the new die-cast tender. The metal walls resonate the sound

both conventional power and the TrainMaster

better than the earlier plastic version.

freight cars

quisite,

The steam

version of RailSounds

II is

great.

Instead of the whisde and chuff-chuff of a

typi-

sound I remember hearing when I saw the prototype on an excursion run a few years ago was there in the room. To use a cal toy train, every

tech-speak buzzword,

it is

"virtual reality" steam.

Lionel included the unique

N&W steamboat

more mournful sound than Another neat feature is the synchronization of the smoke with the steam sounds. Each chuff produces a puff from the stack. The exterior appearance of the model was diminished by the frayed wrapping on the wires between the engine and tender. On an upper-end model like this, it would seem that

an otherwise outstanding model.

Our system.

sample responded smoothly to

test

With a drawbar

pull of

more than two

pounds, she's capable of handling 93 if

on

straight

the couplers hold!

and

We

That

is,

experienced a prob-

lem with the tender constandy uncoupling from a string of passenger cars. The cause was a weak spring on the tender coupler - a simple fix,

but

bothersome.

still

Although

it is

fun to highball, the J has

able slow-speed response,

whistle - a lower,

enjov the

usual.

valve gear.

movement

making

it

reli-

easy to

of the side rods and

Hopefully, the no. 612

is

the start of a

new

era in Lionel steamers. Top-notch perform-

ance and dynamite sound make fire

this a sure-

winner.

Original July,

106

O gauge

level track.

CTT Review;

1995 (Marty McGuirk)

Steam

4-8-4 J-class Northern

Road Name

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

Norfolk

(original release):

& Western

(RailKing)

MSRP: $399.00

Prototype Information:

Roster Number:

611

Catalog Number:

30-1105

Greenberg

$500.00

Price:

Fifteen of these locomotives were built between 1941

and 1951. At

first

pulled hot passenger trains. Later, they saw service as freight haulers as well. Fast, reliable, and ish,

they styl-

these powerful steamers established an enviable record. After retirement, no. 611 was given a

second chance

as

an excursion engine on the Norfolk Southern. engine and tender,

Features: Die-cast

digital whistle,

smoke. Color: maroon and gold striping on

black body.

N/A

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 6.59

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance: lbs.

35 oz.

This prototype

the toy train field. Both Lionel

have used

it

N/A

radius:

pull:

previously.

is

a legend in

and Williams

MTH has attempted to

duplicate this engine in a size

and

price to

fit

most layouts and budgets. This design

is

a beautiful, sleek locomotive.

is

well done, with

The

good proportions most enthusiasts would

and a level of detail hope to find. The side rods look wonderfully busy, and the nickel-rimmed drivers, while not prototypical, add a nice touch. This die-cast engine and tender are heavy, built for

rugged

Our sample

use.

The

shell

is

durable too.

survived a half-dozen leaps off

0-72 curves with only a few nicks in the paint. The only reservation about the appearance of the piece goal was to

is

the shortness of the tender.

make an engine

Volts

6

(loco only)

Amps .5

Scale

MPH

13.6

12

1.6

81.1

18

2.1

163.6

you don't have good ventilation, reach for the switch under the engine. The engine delivered steady slow speeds as low as 13 m.p.h. and 163 on the high end. The drawbar pull peaked at 35 ounces, which is probably more than enough to pull almost any train. Our test loco was very noisy until we lubricated it three times and ran it about two hours. Once broken in, it quieted down considerably. The electronic whistle leaves something to be desired. It sounds rather fiat and lifeless. A ProtoSounds upgrade is possible. MTH has produced a fine model of a locomotive superstar. The value and performance won't disappoint.

The

that could handle

small-radius curves, but the loco appears close to scale in length, while the tender looks like

a shorty.

The J proved to be a smooth runner. The smoke tends to get out of hand quickly, so if

Original

CTT Review;

November, 1996 (Bob Keller)

107

6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

Steam

Road Name

18010

Catalog Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

6200

Roster Number:

Pennsylvania

(original release):

MSRP: $2,000.00

Greenberg

$1,550.00

Price:

Prototype Information: Built by Baldwin in 1944, the Pennsy S-2 steam turbine was an experimental locomotive - a last-ditch effort to continue using coal-burning motive power. This enormous and

powerful-looking machine burned too

much

fuel

and needed too much maintenance.

It

was out

of service bv 1949.

Features:

Pullmor motor, electromechanical E-unit, turbine

Die-cast metal construction, single

RailSounds, firebox glow, operating coupler and backup light on tender, four smoke units. Color:

Brunswick green and Vital Statistics:

gray.

Length:

N/A

Weight: 16

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments: is

Performance:

radius:

0-72

pull: 21 oz.

The new Pennsy

a truly incredible locomotive.

Turbine go out on

and say it's the best locomotive Lionel has produced since the 1937 no. 700E Hudson. Big words, but they're true. At first glance, you see the locomotive shell.

a limb

It's

absolutely beautiful, filled with the detail

MPH

Scale

7.75

1.4

7.92

10.00

1.5

43.63

12.00

1.6

57.42

14.00

1.7

88.45

This one even hangs over on 0-72 curves, so

S-2

I'll

Amps

Volts

lbs.

it

shouldn't be run on anything

it

on your

less.

Operate

layout's widest-radius curves.

drawbar pull of 21 ounces should equate

The to a

mixed-vintage consist of 42 cars on straight

and

level track.

job, provided

The

it

is

scale

Turbine

is

up

to the

operated on a track plan

some resemblance to the real world. The Turbine RailSounds is authentic, provid-

you'd expect from a handcrafted model, yet hefty and solid - die-cast - like a Lionel engine

that bears

should be. The hand-applied details are plen-

ing a big "swoosh," instead of the usual chuff-

and expertly done. And you won't find equally impressive: real coal load, scale

ing. The four smoke units are definitely overkill - within a minute I was chocking on the thick clouds of lamp oil smoke - and I'm from LA.!

and

For some reason, the engine "puffs" the smoke,

tiful

any unsightly die parting lines der

is

length, eight-wheel trucks,

either.

backup

The

lights,

ten-

operating knuckle coupler.

The Turbine

operates as superbly as

like a regular piston-type locomotive. it

looks.

equipped with a new-generation Pullmor motor, which needs almost 8 volts before it gets moving. Ours started smoothly and proceeded It is

down

We had

a problem with

sequencing and discovered trical conductivity.

this

unwanted E-unit it was poor elec-

Keep the track clean with

one.

the track without a hitch or hiccup

throughout the speed range. Expect a large amperage draw from such a large locomotive.

Original ('IT Review;

June, 1992 (Jim Hunte)

108

Steam

6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Pennsylvania

(original release):

MTH

6200

Roster Number:

(RailKing)

MSRP: $399.95 w/ProtoSound package,

Catalog Number:

30-1149

Greenberg

$400.00

Price:

$329.95 w/whistle only

The

Prototype Information:

machine

S-2 Pennsylvania

Turbine locomotive was a one-of-a-kind experimental

that was in service for only five years - 1944 to 1949 - but will never die, because hun-

dreds of thousands of models of it were made. This the prototype was not successful for a

popular in toy train Features:

the

latest.

Although

among

the most

history.

Length: 25 Weight: 9

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

14 oz.

radius: 0-31

pull: 2 lbs.,

6 oz.

RailKing locomotives com-

tighter radius layouts, but the steam engines

don't appear to be as compressed as the diesel

The S-2 model length, compared to

electric models.

100 scale feet in totype's 122.

Within

this context, all

about

is

the pro-

the pro-

portions seem right on the model, except for

the drivers, which appear too small.

appropriate locomotive details are

The tooling is excellent. The tender is a good rendition smooth

Amps

Scale

1.1

15.4

12

1.4

51.3

18

1.4

82.4

Volts 7.1

promise on their dimensions to accommodate

type:

is

the models have been

Headlight, illuminated markers, ProtoCoupler, Proto-Sound (optional), smoke.

Vital Statistics:

and

MTH Rail King version

number of reasons,

all in

The

pull of 2

pounds, 6 ounces,

this

MPH

baby should

handle 114 cars on the straight and

level.

Since the real Turbine didn't huff and puff like a

conventional steamer, we didn't

know

what the ProtoSounds would be like. As the thing accelerated, it sounded like a B-52 ready to lift off. Not bad at all. Couple that with the torrent of smoke billowing from the stack, the overall effect was convincing.

place.

of the proto-

sides, nice cast-in coal load,

and

eight axles. Like the locomotive, the original S-2's

tender was quite long.

The model

will run on 0-31 track, but looks doing so. While there is no serious overhang problem, 0-42 or 0-54 curves should be used for best visual effect.

silly

Performance of our test sample was commendable. The 9-pound, 14-ounce locomotive

had a low-speed average of

15.4 scale m.p.h.,

while the high average was 82.4. With a drawbar

Original October,

CTT Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

109

6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

Steam

Road Name

Third

Manufacturer:

Rail

MSRP: $699.95

Original

The

Prototype Information:

strong and

fast,

S-2

6200

Roster Number:

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Catalog Number:

OG3R3

Greenberg

CP

Price:

steam turbine locomotive was built as an experiment in 1944. While

the locomotive proved to be very inefficient and uneconomical at lower speeds.

Only one was made. Features:

Formed-brass construction,

ating coupler

on

AC

motor, electronic reverse unit, directional lighting, oper-

able at extra cost. Color: Brunswick green

Length: 30

in.

Weight: 10

lbs.,

Vital Statistics:

marker lamps, smoke or sound and gray.

tender. Delivered without

Minimum Drawbar

While

Selected Comments:

its

8

0-72

radius:

pull:

34

oz.

parent company.

Sunset Models has been in the brass locomotive business for 20 years, this

model of the Pennsy

S-2

steam turbine marks Third

the

hi-rail

market.

This babv

From

is

It is

entry into

Rail's

a credible

accurate,

Volts

Performance:

2 oz.

start.

down

to the inch.

all

of these are

Amps

Scale

1.6

35.2

9

1.9

57.4

11

2.2

69.6

12

2.3

86.1

avail-

MPH

The most critical shortcoming is excessive amperage draw - 2.3 at top speed. Also, her slowest scale speed is 35 m.p.h., which isn't as good as it could be. At 12 volts, the loco husded along at 86. 1 didn't want to open her up farther than that.

The drawbar

pull

of 34

from its driver centers to its trailing and pony truck centers, this engine is right on. Third Rail paid close

ounces is quite good. Sound, smoke, and marker light packages are available from the manufacturer at addi-

attention during the design process.

tional cost.

its

Other

height to

to

what

naked

stark

length,

positives include accurate

cate detail is

its

as

little

steam engines go.

deli-

The S-2 It was meant

detail there

be sleek and smooth, with a

and

is.

minimum

of

piping and valves cluttering up the boiler. Like the real thing, the

smokebox front

is

is

gray,

On our sample, the rear tender wheelset rubbed against the coupler mounting bracket on curves. It may not be that all models rub there, but

if

yours does, a

little filing will

solve

the problem.

window trim is brass, the and the keystone on the

Tuscan, with gold numbers.

A neat

fea-

smoke deflectors. The Turbine has a QSI reverse unit, directional lighting (headlight on front and red backup lights and headlight on the tender). The tender has an operating knuckle coupler. ture

is

the removable

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110

Steam

2-6-6-6 Allegheny

Road Name

Chesapeake

(original release):

& Ohio

Manufacturer: Lionel

MSRP: $1,399.95

Original

Roster Number:

1601

Catalog Number:

28011

Greenberg

CP

Price:

Prototype Information: The C&O needed a new type of engine to haul coal over the Allegheny Mountains. Lima proposed a 2-12-6, but the curves on the railroad's main line were too sharp. What was delivered in 1941 was a de-coupled 2-12-6 - a 2-6-6-6. C&O had 60 of these behemoths,

and not all of them were freight haulers. Some were equipped during World War II. The loco was 125 feet long and could remained in service until 1956.

for passenger

and troop

train use

Many

easily pull a 160-car train.

can motor, RailSounds, command control, smoke, directional between locomotive and tender. Color: Black with white trim and

Features: Die-cast construction, large lights,

and

wireless infared tether

yellow lettering.

Vital Statistics:

Length: SVA Weight: 18

Minimum Drawbar Selected Comments:

4 oz.

radius:

0-54

pull: 3 lbs., 8 oz.

fourth

Lionel's

is

O

many

and the

Right-of-Way's

the

gauge

in

as

MTH

Premier Line and RailKing Line engines pre-

ceded

is

a highly detailed scale

comes within pressors,

and

stacks,

railings.

cast-in

it

jaunty deck above the

superb - smooth

shower of the

Smoke

92.9

innovation.

Gone

are the often too-tight, too-

and unsightly plugs that got in the way and looked so grotesque on previous modshort wires

els.

The

umbilical

is

forever severed.

its

finish,

field. It

our sample loco perdream, gliding around the lay-

out smoothly in

all

speed ranges on

level track

At no time did the wheels

slip,

no matter what was coupled behind

should pull 200 free-rolling modern cars on

and

takes a back seat to

no

belches out a torrential

when

straight

the loco

command control mode. and command switches are

beneath the cab.

and

it.

It

level track.

The RailSounds system was a delight. The chuffing rhythm seemed right on target. The whistle

sounds.

clean lettering.

18-volt

unit

like a

are in place,

articulation

effluent, particularly

formed

and added-on

pilot.

The smoke generator other in the

in

43.1

2.9

slight grades.

Painting and decoration of this model are

is

2.1

18.0

and

The most eye-catching fea-

the front end, with

is

12.0

MPH

com-

bells, lights,

whistles

along with an array of piping and

model -

3 scale inches of the exact length

of the prototype. All of the

ture

26.6

After lubrication,

it.

This

Scale

2.0

9.2

Allegheny model offered in years.

Amps

Volts

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

different and unique came through loud and clear.

had a half-dozen

The

bell

Shutdown sounds are included. On-off switch and volume control are under the tender. There were some starting and stopping sputters at the lowest voltages, but they seemed sporadic and didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the train.

The wireless infrared tether between the engine and tender are perhaps the greatest

Original February,

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2000 (Bob

Keller)

111

4-4-6-4 Duplex (Q2)

Steam

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

MSRP: $1,449.95

to dieselization.

6184

Roster Number:

Third Rail

Prototype Information:

up

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Catalog Number:

3RQ

Greenberg

$1,250.00

Price:

The Pennsy built 26 of these between 1942 and 1944, and they soldiered right The Q2 was probably more successful than the more-famous streamlined Tl.

Features: Brass construction,

unit with a "use at your

own

two can motors, QSI sound system, directional lighting, and a smoke risk" warning. Color: Brunswick green, dark gray smokebox, Tuscan

cab roof, gold lettering.

Vital Statistic:

Length: 33

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

Weight: 11.7

lbs.

radius:

0-72

pull: 1.8 lbs.

This beautiful model cap-

tures the spirit of the engine, a fast freight

hauler, ready to is

move cargo

This beast

swiftly.

unmistakably Pennsy, from the drop coupler

cab windows. All the main reference

to the

points are nicely duplicated.

The

number

piping, keystone

and

plate,

that massive tender are outstanding

and

will

have you gazing at the model from even' angle.

Apply track power and

The headlight icate

is

brilliant

pinpoints of

it

gets even better.

and the markers

light.

The Q2

del-

Amps

Volts

Scale

MPH

13.9

6.7

1.7

12.0

1.4

51.5

18.0

1.8

108.2

neat "echo." As the engine moves along,

it

an out of synch. Very cool! Engine performance is as good as one could hope for. There is virtually no motor noise, and the loco runs smoothly in all speed ranges. The drawbar pull is equal to 60 mod-

slowly goes in

ern free-rolling

cars.

Everything

is

very

satis-

performance department. The Third Rail Q2 is a good runner and a

factory in the

great candidate for a display case.

A

classic

locomotive.

nicelv

is

detailed, yet not overly fragile. Just take care

how you pick it up and where you store the warning in the instruction sheet,

it.

we

With

didn't

the smoke unit. Why tempt fate? The sound system and reverse unit are made by QSI and do not offer programmable features. The whistle and bell are nice, but the steam sounds outshine all other features. The test

chuffs

from these two steam chests

start in

synch as they would on a real duplex, then slowly they rotate out of synch, providing a

Original

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November, 1998 (Bob Keller)

112

Steam

4-6-6-4 Challenger

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Union

(original release):

MTH

(RailKing)

MSRP: $499.00

Prototype Information:

3985

Roster Number:

Pacific

Catalog Number:

30-1108

Greenberg

$730.00

Price:

The Challenger was one of the most popular locomotives of all and power on the Union Pacific.

time, with an

enviable record of durability

Features: Die-cast

locomotive, two can motors, digital whistle.

N/A

Length:

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 12.8

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

radius:

pull:

Amps

Volts 7.6

lbs.

46

0-31 oz.

The RailKing Challenger is who want a major-league

.8

Scale

MPH

28.4

12.0

2.9

75.0

17.0

4.5

116.7

freight hauler capable of negotiating tight-

Cosmetically, our sample had a very obvious mold seam along the top of the boiler. A few seconds' buff with a machine tool might have

radius curves. This locomotive

cleaned

Selected Comments:

great for operators

appearance.

realistic in

The

is

exceptionally

shell

is

well de-

The finish is smooth as silk, and the gray smokebox gives a nice contrast to the flat-black body. Numbers and letters are cleanly applied. tailed.

Cast-in hatches, pipes,

and pumps, along

this up.

Two can motors

sit atop the powered wheelEach driver assembly pivots, and the trailing truck is connected to both the cab and the

sets.

rear set of drivers to maintain

alignment

through tight turns. The loco has traction

tires

with hundreds of rivet heads, are impressive.

that probably aren't really needed.

The amount of

ounces of drawbar pull, most people don't have enough cars to challenge the Challenger. The engine is responsive, and the speed

detail

molded

into the shell

probably exceeds that of any other die-cast locomotive in stacks,

steam chests ship.

its

price range. Twin smoke-

metal pop valves, and moving flexible reflect a

The cab

detail

is

high

level

great

of craftsman-

and includes sim-

ulated firebox, pipes, valves, and throttle. front deck

is

light, steps,

The

outstanding, with the low head-

and

handrails.

die-cast centipede

detail that

tender has more

you'd expect, from the metal hand-

and simulated wood grain on top of the rivets on the front end. has a pivoting two-axle truck and a fixed five-

rails

water tank, to the 277 It

The

axle truck.

range

is

excellent.

Overhang on

could be a problem

if

With 46

tight curves

your trackside scenery

and accessories are too nearby. Go slowly as you check the clearances first time out. The smoke unit performs well, but the digital whistle has room for improvement. It sounds like a looped recording with a dropout in the middle. This could be upgraded with ProtoSounds or the new QS-2 system by QSI. Bottom lines: this engine is well made, well detailed,

This

and has exceptional pulling power. a landmark loco for MTH.

may be

Original

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4-6-6-4 Challenger

Steam

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Union Pacific and Denver & Rio Grande)

(original release):

(also Clinchfield

Third Rail

MSRP: Si. 599.95

3949

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

3RCB

Greenberg

Si. 500.00

Price:

time.

The Challenger was one of the most popular Union Pacific locomotives of all The Rio Grande leased six of them during World War II. At war's end they returned the

locos,

and the coal-hauling Clinchfield bought them.

Prototype Information:

Features: Brass construction, directional lighting,

Vital Statistics:

Length:

N/A

Weight:

1 1

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

This

Ott sound system, smoke unit. Performance:

radius:

0-72

pull: 1.4 lbs.

is

a very limited pro-

duction run.

was 95.1. 1.4

The model

looks great.

It

has scale dimen-

and an exceptional level of detail, including illuminated marker lights on the engine and tender, a folding pilot coupler that can be left extended or hidden behind the pilot, optional smoke deflectors, and a tender top sions

this a

dead-on copy of the prototype. The engine runs well. It has a can motor which propels it smoothly through all speed little

The

reverse unit

1.4

58.9

18.0

1.5

95.1

The sound svstem

pull was a satisfactory

is

a solid product

tions said that

made

an activation button would be

required to operate the whistle and whistle

blew every time the

ZW

bell,

the

lever was

About three-quarters of the time, the up on its own in the low speed ranges and cut off when the speed increased. flicked.

the

ranges.

12.0

bv Ott Machine Services. Although the instruc-

name

and number boards make

MPH

9.4

.2

The drawbar

bell started

plate,

Scale

6.0

pounds.

be made to simulate a coal load or a conversion to fuel oil. Siderod detail is second to none, and the nose details, such as the bell, that can

Amps

Volts

lbs.

Though smoke

the engine has on/off switches for unit

and

reverse unit, controls for

adjusting the volume, chuff rate, and speed are

mounted

internally

on the sound board

itself.

on our sample was a more than one trj

quirky, tending to take

to get

it

into reverse about half the time. This

minor annovance seemed

to

work

itself

out

with use.

The longer

the engine ran, the better

it

per-

formed. By the end of testing, the low speed average was 9.4 scale m.p.h., and the high end

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(

.77' Review;

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Keller)

Steam

4-8-8-2 Cab-Forward

Road Name

MSRP: $1,549.95

Prototype Information:

Baldwin built a

total

beginning in 1909. They were designed the Sierra mountain range. railroad in 1929.

It

The Third

had 63-inch

4116

Roster Number:

Pacific

Third Rail

Manufacturer:

Original

Southern

(original release):

Catalog Number:

3RAC4,

Greenberg

$1,350.00

Price:

or 6

5,

of 195 Cab-forward locomotives for the Southern Pacific,

through the long tunnels and snowsheds in model is of a later AC-class locomotive, delivered to the and 115,000 pounds of tractive effort. The Cab-forwards

to haul trains

Rail

drivers

served until the late 1950s.

Features: Brass construction,

can motor, sound system by QSI. Color: black.

sngth: 3VA in.

Vital Statistics:

inimum rawbar

Selected Comments:

This

0-72

12.0

1.61

47.3

18.0

1.73

101.0

radius:

may be

the most highly

The

The

pipes, handles,

and

interior has an array of

levers.

The engine has

a

MPH

12.1

pull: 1.54 lbs.

cab has a wealth of detail from the

pilot to the bell.

Scale

1.56

7.2

detailed Third Rail engine we've seen. flat-faced

Amps

Volts

Performance:

'eight: 11.7 lbs.

and deceleration and excellent The two smoke

acceleration

coasting right out of the box. units

worked

well.

However, there was a frustrating problem with our sample.

When

running the engine on

brilliant headlight

and twin marker lights. The tender has marker lights that illuminate

a full circle of Lionel tubular track, the pilot

when reversing. The QSI sound

forward drivers rode up and dragged the pilot system successfully re-creates

truck often derailed.

off the track.

the audio signature of an articulated engine.

the curves

The

We

whistle

is

almost magical.

The

cylinder chuff sounds terrific as

it

great four-

goes in and

out of sync, just as with a real Mallet.

The 11-pound a very

good

tractive

force of

more than

a

pound-and-a-half, which should equate to

more than 70 modern electrical

and

1.5

free-rolling cars.

draw was good, using only

amps

lead wheels of the

We found that if we superelevated

slightly, that

corrected the problem.

didn't have a single derailment after that.

Gauge on the If

engine's can motor delivered

The

pilot

wheels

may need

adjusting.

you're a Southern Pacific fan, or

like really big

room,

this

if

you

steam power and you have the

locomotive

is

a great candidate for

your layout.

The

7.2 volts

for a consistent low-speed aver-

age of 12 scale m.p.h. This

is

remarkable

in the

toy train world.

Our sample required very little break-in The motor and flywheel delivered smooth

time.

Original

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Keller)

115

4-8-8-4 Articulated Big Boy

Steam

Road Name

Union

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

MSRP: $1,499.95

Prototype Information: First built in 1941

service loads.

on the Union

It

Pacific

4006

Roster Number:

Pacific

by Alco,

this

during World War

II

Catalog Number:

6-28029

Greenberg

CP

engine

Price:

is

a legendary hauler that saw

and the Korean

conflict,

yeoman

handling incredible

was retired in 1962.

Command-equipped RailSounds,

Features:

directional lighting, die-cast boiler

and

tender. Color:

black with a gray smokebox.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 34^ Weight: 20

Minimum Drawbar

Long

Selected Comments:

among

hobbyists in

the fourth

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

radius:

pull:

4

0-72

lbs,

4 oz.

a popular prototype

all scales, this

Big Boy

is

O gauge hi-rail model to appear on

the scene in the past fifteen years.

Manu-

factured in Korea, Lionel's Big Boy could well

company's new locomotives. The running gear is a real eye-catcher. Watching the two sets of drivers with their rods and hardware moving back and forth can be

What

a show!

The Big Boy looks great and performs The speed range is good and fairly

superbly.

prototypical.

are smooth.

both

sets

Acceleration and deceleration

One

very large can

motor propels

of drivers.

Command-mode performance is fantastic. The constant 18 volts made the smoke, sound, and various command functions operate well. Without the command-control voltage, the smoke output is much lighter. The RailSounds recording contains a worldclass whistle effect, captured from a UP Northern, digitally enhanced until it closely

Amps

Scale

6.3

1.5

9.9

12.0

1.6

55.9

18.0

1.7

80.4

MPH

matches that of an old recording of an actual Big Boy in action. (There were a few glitches in the sound system of our sample - some sputtering during startup and occasional spurious whistle blasts.)

The Big Boy has

be the standard with which to compare the

hypnotizing.

Volts

7 oz.

ing a

stand-out detailing, includ-

UP number number boards, and marker lights. The boiler is flaw-

terrific

front deck with

shield, headlight, train

illuminated lessly cast

metal, with several stretches of add-

on piping, twin smoke stacks, and plenty of pop valves. By opening a small hatch, the front coupler is exposed. The cab is fully fitted with simulated controls and gauges, crew figures, and firebox glow. There is even a simulated weather curtain

There

at the rear

some

of the cab.

on curves, The boiler bob and weave on uneven track. And is

serious overhang

so your right-of-way must be clear.

tends to

more than 20 pounds, the loco is heavy enough to actually damage some model bridges and tresdes. The Big Boy should be able to pull roughly 200 modern cars - if the couplers hold! at

(higinal

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Keller)

Steam

4-8-8-4 Articulated Big Boy

Road Name

MSRP: $1,500.00

Prototype Information: First built by

service loads.

on the Union

It

Features:

Pacific

4007

Roster Number:

Pacific

Third Rail

Manufacturer:

Original

Union

(original release):

Alco in 1941,

this

during World War

II

Catalog Number:

N/A

Greenberg

$1,695.00

engine

Price:

a legendary hauler that saw

is

and the Korean

conflict,

yeoman

handling incredible

was retired in 1962. Detailed model, accurate paint and lettering, factory-installed sound system. Color: black,

gray smokebox.

Vital Statistic:

Length: 36

in.

Weight: 14

lbs.,

Volts

Performance:

7 oz.

(engine alone)

Minimum Drawbar

radius:

0-72

Boy"

ern, flashy nickname, but

no other name fits. The new Third Rail model captures the look, feel, and details of the prototype. Like previous Third Rail products, the Big Boy is built entirely of brass and comes completely painted, lettered, and ready for service.

you'll quickly agree that

I

Scale

.7

8.2

12.0

1.5

36.4

18.0

1.9

68.6

MPH

pull: 3 lbs., 11 oz.

may not be a modwhat it lacks in dash it makes up for in descriptive power and image. Now you can add a Big Boy to your O gauge roster. One look at this gorgeous model and Selected Comments: "Big

Amps

8.1

variety of throttle settings. Pulling

power? This

baby could walk out of town with every car

in

have power to spare.

It

the yard and

still

should be able to haul 150 or more freerolling freight cars, if the couplers hold.

Everyone at CTT who heard the factorysound system agreed that it would sat-

installed isfy all

but the most finicky sound aficionados.

For sheer Rail Big

size

Boy

is

and performance, the Third just as aptly

named

as the

prototype.

was especially impressed with the detailing

on the front of the model.

It

has finned

air-

cooler pipes, which were replaced within several years

by radiators, so

it

reflects the as-built

version of this famous steam engine.

From deck

all

the

Union

Pacific herald

on the

the way to the rear coupler,

I

find anything about the looks of this that didn't appeal to

motive earns

its

keep

pilot

couldn't

model

me. But how well a locoat the

point of a train

is

the critical question operators want answered.

Our

test

sample responded smoothly to a

r

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May, 1996 (Marty McGuirk) 117

6-4-4-6 S-1

Steam

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Pennsylvania

(original release):

6100

Roster Number:

Third Rail

MSRP: $1,495.00

Catalog Number:

3RS1

Greenberg

$1,300.00

Price:

Engineers from Alco, Baldwin and Lima teamed up with those from the

Prototype Information:

Pennsylvania Railroad to create the ultimate high-speed steam machine. test vehicle for

6-4-4-6,

advanced and

futuristic

number 6100, put into

concepts such as duplex drive.

service in 1939 at the

It

The

was designed to be a

result was the S-1 class

New York World's Fair, where it wowed crowds

by running on rollers. At 142 feet long, the SI was too large for most turntables and curves on the Pennsy, so

it

was exiled to the

service until 1944.

Features:

fast track

between Crestline, Ohio and Chicago. The duplex was

in

was scrapped in 1949.

It

Can motor,

directional lighting

and OSI sound system. Production limited

to

350

units.

Color: Brunswick green paint with gold accent stripes.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 3514 Weight: 13

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

Performance:

in.

lbs.

radius:

0-72

pull: 1.9 lbs.

Scale

1.8

12.7

12.0

2.0

42.5

18.0

2.1

79.1

MPH

This torpedo-nosed stream-

the post beneath the cab. Third Rail informed

For many symbolized "The World

owners that they should bend the drawbar upward if they encountered this problem. We did so and it worked.

liner looks fast just sitting in the box.

who saw it at the fair,

it

of Tomorrow."

Third

Amps

6.9

Volts

Rail's scale

model

is

very sleek, with a

number of subde seams representing

access

panels along the side of the engine and ten-

The cab is a wonder of detail and has dials and control handles painted white and red. Engine performance was very smooth in all der.

speed ranges. The low speed average was 12.7 scale m.p.h. and the high end 79.1, somewhat slower than the prototype's 100+.

This is Third Rail's best application of a QSI sound system we've heard to date. The volume control is on the bottom of the tender.

We

noticed two operational quirks that

needed correction.

First,

the tender coupler

wouldn't stay closed. The company sent a

replacement that went on

More annoying was

in a snap.

the tendency for the

tender drawbar to uncouple on curves. As the

cab swung wide, the drawbar would

slip

below

Original

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118

Steam

Shay

Road Name

Western Maryland

(original release):

Roster Number:

Manufacturer: Lionel

Original

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $1,200.00

Prototype Information:

6

Greenberg

Named

of a flatcar and geared

after logger

Ephraim

Shay,

18023 $2,250.00

Price:

who hung

a donkey engine over the side

engines were produced by Lima Locomotive Works in the early 1900s. They were perfect for logging, mining, and industrial applito the wheels, these funny-looking little

it

cations with tight curves,

rough

track,

and steep

standard gauge no. 6 was the biggest and

Features: Die-cast, tires;

last

grades. Built in 1945 for the Western Maryland, Shay made for American railroads.

stamped-metal, and brass construction; can motor; operating couplers; traction

RailSounds; smoke; constant and directional lighting; electronic E-unit.

Length: 18

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 7

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

10 oz.

radius:

pull:

0-54

25 oz.

Volts

Amps

6.5

.60

Scale

MPH

5.5

8.0

.65

13.2

10.0

.70

19.8

12.0

.70

26.6

14.0

.70

33.7

is a scale model - about due to oversize couplers and extra length between loco and tender -

distinctive

but otherwise right on.

they were going faster than they actually were.

This

Selected Comments:

2 A scale feet too long l

maker's crisp

and

art.

and

Details,

clean.

It is

a credit to the die-

The sound system

doesn't quite capture the

Shay sound. Because of the way

they were geared, Shays always sounded as

if

even those cast on, are

Even the embossed number

builder's plates are readable.

The engine is painted black, except for the silver smokebox and stack. The walkway is trimmed in white. According to some of our (black

and white) photos, one point in the

correct at

The Shay runs

this

appears to be

loco's history.

smoothly, even at the low

speed of 5.5 m.p.h.; the top speed typically

is

unproto-

high at 33.7. Drawbar pull of 25

ounces should handle 50 pieces of rolling stock.

we

Minimum

tried the

failed the test.

radius

is

advertised as 0-54;

engine on 0-42 curves, and

it

Here's an example of "truth in

advertising"!

Original

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119

Shay

Steam

Road Name

Western Maryland

(original release):

Manufacturer: Right-of-Way

Original

MSRP: $1,995.00 plus $20.00 shipping

Named

Prototype Information:

of a flatcar and geared

after logger

Ephraim

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

5009

Greenberg

$2,000.00

Shay,

Price:

who hung

to the wheels, these funny-looking

it

6

little

a donkey engine over the side

engines were produced by Lima

Locomotive Works in the early 1900s. They were perfect for logging, mining and industrial applications with tight curves, rough track, and steep grades. Built in 1945 for the Western Maryland, standard gauge no. 6 was the biggest and last Shay made for American railroads. Pittman can motor, operating couplers, traction

Features: Brass construction,

tires,

sound, smoke,

electronic E-unit, constant lighting.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 18 Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

This

Selected Comments:

model, although

is

it

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

8 oz.

radius:

pull:

is

0-42

25 oz.

an accurate

Volts

Amps

Scale

8.3

.80

3.1

6.0

9.0

.85

10.0

.90

6.9

12.0

1.10

18.2

14.0

1.20

29.8

MPH

scale

a few feet too long

because of oversize couplers and extra drawbar length between engine and tender. ing

is

from

excellent, as

we have come

The

detail-

to expect

brass locomotives.

The model is painted dark gray smokebox and

black, except for a stack.

According

to

our prototype photos, this appears to be correct at one point in the loco's history. It has a "Speed-ball" logo on the side, behind the cab, which would indicate a later paint scheme. The locomotive runs smoothly, even at the low scale speed of

3.1

nicely without stalling.

The piece creeps The top speed of 29.8 is

m.p.h.

un pro to typically high. Most Shays ran at about 10 m.p.h. when at work. With the drawbar pull of 25 ounces, it should pull about 50 cars on straight and level track. Because of the way they were made, Shays always sounded as if they were going much faster than they were. The sound system does not quite capture the

effect.

Chiginal

CTT Rn
January, 1993 (Dick Christiansen)

120

gauge

electric locomotives:

1990-2000 Page

Locomotive type

Manufacturer

AEM7/ALP44

Atlas

AEM7

MTH

EL-C

Williams

124

EP-5

MTH

125

EP-5

Williams

126

E60

Williams

127

GG1

Lionel

128

GG1

Weaver

129

GG1

Williams

130

122 (Premier)

(RailKing)

123

121

AEM7/ALP44

Electric

Road Name [also

Amtrak

(original release):

MARC

Roster Number:

911

(Maryland State Railroad

Association),

SEPTA

(Southeast Pennsylvania

(New Jersey Department

Transport), NJ Transit

of Transportation), undecorated]

Manufacturer: Atlas

O

MSRP: $499.95

Original

Catalog Number:

6202-1

Greenberg

$400.00

Price:

Only 66 AEM7s were made by EMD, under license from the Swedish firm 1979 and 1988. In 1990, 15 more ALP44s were assembled in Sweden for American railroads. This loco is a proven workhorse. Prototype Information:

ASEA between

Features:

Can motor with

twin drive shafts,

Length:

Vital Statistics:

1

2M

Weight: 4

This

Selected Comments:

shell

length.

Its

radius:

is

0-42

a scale model.

The

height also matches the prototype's

more

The locomotive

itself

scale detail per inch than

may pack

in

any we've seen

to date. It has two full cabs, headlights, strobe lights,

and marker

lights. Details also

include

four rear-view mirrors, five-chime horns,

of rooftop wiring, and a

and grab

full

lots

array of handrails

is

superb - Amtrak's colorful

paint scheme never looked better. in the paint

Lighting

No

defects

were noted. is

directional, with a headlight in

and three red lights on the trailing end. There are also two strobe lights on each end that are tied to the bell and horn. Between the pantographs is a pop-off housing with six on/off switches and the volume front

control beneath tion,

it.

These control the

sequencing, and

The sound system

coil

is

direc-

12.0

.7

78.2

18.0

.7

125.0

EMD

switcher. This

more room within the shell sound hardware. This one has a 2-

due, in part, to

for the

inch speaker.

The motor perage draw pull

is

very low in

equal to 120

LocoMatic

more

exceptionally quiet; the am-

is

is

It

speed ranges.

cars

on

Its

level track.

a control system that allows

is

the operation of your Atlas

flexibility in

engine.

all

modern

does so by sending a radio signal

tion, lights,

to control the speed, direc-

sound, and couplers. Everything

but the couplers

will

control, however.

It

work with conventional

doesn't appear that Loco-

Matic interferes with other

command

systems

or other brands of locomotives or power supplies,

ucts.

it just

tends to business with Atlas

You can indeed run

O prod-

a LocoMatic-equipped

Lionel

Command-equipped

engines simultaneously

via Train Master in the

engine

with

Command mode.

coupler operation.

significantly

improved

Original December,

122

MPH

41.6

.6

over the one in the Atlas is

Scale

7.7

through the tracks

irons.

Decoration

Amps

Volts

pull: 2.2 lbs.

14 feet, 8 inches to the top of the lowered pantographs.

lighting suite, LocoMatic Control system.

14 oz.

a match to the prototype's 50-foot

is

full

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

Minimum Drawbar

sound system,

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

AEM7

Electric

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

Amtrak

(original release):

MTH

924 SEPTA Commuter System

Roster Number:

(Premier)

MSRP: $329.95

Catalog Number:

20-5505-1

Greenberg

CP

Price:

Prototype Information:

EMD

the Swedish firm

reliable service

muter

from 1979 to 1988 under on Amtrak and

license several

from com-

lines.

Features:

and

Only 66 of these were made by ASEA. Proven through 20 years of

Two can

motors, ProtoSound, directional lighting. Color: Amtrak red, white, blue,

silver,

black.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 13 Weight: 4

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments:

The

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

radius:

0-42

pull: 2 lbs.

unit really looks sharp.

amazing amount of detail crammed into it. The body has a nice textured, ribbed feel. Each cab door has addedon metal handrails. Twenty-eight other grab irons - many of which are plastic and quite

There

is

Volts

5 oz.

an

fragile

- dot the body. Topside

a large

number of electrical

detail includes

fixtures to provide

power from the pantograph. There are even windshield wipers, rear-view mirrors, and safety warning signs. The engine has cabs on both ends and features an engineer figure. The AEM7 also has marker lights, headlights, strobes, and illuminated number boards on both ends. The headlight is direc-

Amps

Scale

2.1

12.0

2.2

86.0

18.0

2.4

151.5

dled smoothly in

all

MPH

13.8

7.4

speed ranges. The draw-

more than 120 cars on and level track. The ProtoSound system is very good. But don't expect something approximating diesel bar pull

is

equal to

straight

sounds. This electric sounds like a large industrial air

conditioning unit or a motor genera-

The horn is clear and distinct. The loud. The level is adjustable. tor.

While

this excellent

bell

is

locomotive looks good

leading a passenger train, only the road

name

would be out of place on the front of a long, heavy freight

train!

tional, as are the strobe lights.

Decoration

is

The

top notch.

paint was

applied smoothly, with no blemishes. striping

is

clean.

passenger cars

The

The

MTH

loco runs as

colors

The

match the Amfleet

released in 1999.

good

as

it

motors, one over each truck,

mendable performance. Our

looks.

Two can

make

for

test

com-

engine han-

Original February,

CTr Reviexu;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

123

EL-C

Electric

Road Name

New

(original release):

Haven,

302, 130

Roster Number:

Virginian (also Conrail) Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: $199.00 powered,

Catalog Number:

EF-501

Greenberg

$175.00

Price:

$129.00 unpowered

Developed by GE to satisfy a rather limited market for freight-hauling electric EL-Cs were delivered to the Virginian Railway in October of 1956. Only 12 were made between then and February of 1957. Sold to the New Haven in 1959, and assumed by Conrail some years later, eleven of them remained in service until 1981, when electrified freight operations were terminated. Prototype Information:

locomotives.

Features:

The

first

Two can motors,

headlight, horn, traction

tires,

well-detailed

body

shell over sheet-

metal frame. Length: 18

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

Selected first

Comments:

major toy

The Williams

train maker. It

The body

is

radius:

right

on

this

is

a

Rectifier

is

gem worth

In our

the

locomotive by a the wait.

you are into engine will win you

target. If

rivet-and-hatch detail, this over.

0-31

pull: 3.0 lbs.

model of

scale-like

Performance:

in.

lbs.

and items like add-on grab irons, scalesized warning signs, and that great cab roof overhang are all there. Even a simulated plug and jack arrangement, which was used to run several locos with one pantograph, is included. Paint and lettering are immaculately applied. To keep the price low, Williams did com-

Amps

4.7

.92

19.6

12.0

1.44

112.3

18.0

1.9

128.8

tests,

Scale

MPH

the loco's performance was

The speed range averaged 19.6 scale m.p.h. on the low end and 128 at the top. We suspect it could go even faster on a much great.

longer straightaway. Motor noise was minimal.

Vents and door latches are well repre-

sented,

Volts

With four traction

tires

helping the 5-pound

locomotive deliver 3 pounds of drawbar this beast

free-rolling cars

on

straight

This distinctive looking is

pull,

can tame more than 100 modern-era

another

and

GE

well-built, nicely

level track.

Rectifier

model

appointed, scale-

sized product by Williams.

promise with the design of the undercarriage.

The engine

uses die-cast metal

SD45-style

and the die-cast fuel tank designed for the firm's U33C. The frame has stamped-steel trucks

handrails, actually a plus for rugged handling.

and head of a train of scale-sized and fairly good with the tradi-

Aesthetically, the Rectifier looks solid

industrial at the

freight cars,

tional 6464-sized boxcars.

Original

CTT Rei'ieiv:

November, 1999 (Bob Kel lei)

124

Electric

EP-5

Road Name (also

New Haven

(original release):

377

Roster Number:

Great Northern)

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

(RailKing)

MSRP: $149.95 w/horn,

Catalog Number:

30-2170

Greenberg

$240.00

Price:

$249.95 w/ProtoSound

The

Prototype Information:

Haven Railroad tremendous Features:

pullers.

Two can

Vital Statistics:

Length: 14

Drawbar

Selected Comments: Like

first

district.

is

delivered to the

New

They had a reputation

1

Rail

O

0-27

lb.,

12 oz.

King models,

scale

in

12 scale feet short, for

to

prototype photos shows that

a

number of

MTH

Amps

Scale

1.2

14.3

6.3

some may be operated on

one thing. Comparing the model

Volts

6 oz.

radius:

pull:

most

it

tight- radius curves. It

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

smaller than

dimensions so that

designers

have captured the key reference points, such as side screens, the interestingly sharp angles

of the windshields, the over-the-cab air horn,

and an equipment bay where the fuel tank would be on a diesel locomotive. There are add-on grab irons by the engineer windows and in the corners of each nose, but the rest are cast-in. Some unexpected details include a simulated outside third-rail pickup on the truck sideframes, and a much smaller pantograph for use in the tunnels of New York City, nested behind the larger pantograph.

On

New York

as

motors, ProtoCouplers, ProtoSounds optional.

Minimum

is

intended for use in the

Only ten were made.

Weight: 4

the EP-5

42,000 h.p. General Electric EP-5

six-axle,

in 1955, was

12

1.6

86

18

2.1

93.7

MPH

The stylish New Haven paint scheme was done on our test sample. The engine is

well

Northern livery. Performance was similar to other Rail King locos, with a low-speed average of 14.3 and a

also available in Great

high-speed average of 93.7 scale m.p.h. The

drawbar pull equals roughly 80 modern pieces of rolling stock on straight and level track.

The ProtoSound

unit does a fair job of imi-

woosh of the blowers. The air whistle is true to the prototype. The bell sound tends to get lost amid the noise of the engine tating the loud

clicking over the track.

are interesting

So just say the sounds

and can create

a nice back-

ground ambience.

the negative side, the EP-5 doesn't have

illuminated

marker

boards. Little

number stickers

lights

and

number

are affixed over

the boards.

Original October,

CTf Review;

2000 (Bob

Keller)

125

EP-5 Pair

Electric

Road Name (also

(original release):

New Haven

370/371

Roster Number:

Great Northern, Milwaukee Road,

Pennsylvania) Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: $368.00 w/True-Sounds,

$299.00

w/o

Catalog Number:

EP200

Greenberg

$320.00

Price:

it

Prototype Information: When introduced in 1955, the EP-5s attracted attention because of their double-ended design. Geared for 90 miles per hour, they proved ideal for the short, high-speed run between New York and New Haven. Only ten were made. The last one was retired in 1977.

Features:

Dual motors and flywheels, electronic reverse, operating pantographs, optional sound

tem. Sold as a powered and

Length:

Vital Statistics:

N/A

Weight: 7

Performance:

Drawbar

8.0

1.0

34

10.0

1.2

53

12.0

1.5

72

16.0

1.6

110

pull: 2 lbs., 2.4 oz.

sold as a

like Lionel's

12

radius: 0-31

The Williams O gauge powered and dummy set, with the two units individually numbered. Although our samples were neatly painted in the Socony red, white, and black New Haven scheme, the paint job looked more is

Scale

1.1

6.3

Selected Comments:

engine

Amps

Volts

10.7 oz.

lbs.,

(both engines)

Minimum

sys-

dummy set.

The

EP-5's

sound

unit,

installed at additional cost,

fine idle

and a good

air

MPH

available factoryis

excellent, with a

horn. There's a slight

delay between depressing the whistle button

and hearing the sound, but once there

is

it

kicks in,

a pleasing, hollow "echoing" tone.

than the prototype's. The block

"N" and "H" were not quite in place and the

"New Haven"

lettering was larger than

life.

Like Lionel, Williams offered schemes for railroads that never

owned

EP-5s, but

had

similar engines.

Performance was just as smooth as could be. Although the scale 12 m.p.h. crawl speed may seem a bit high compared to other can motor-

equipped locomotives, the EP-5 was a highspeed passenger unit, not a yard switcher. The top end exceeded 100 m.p.h. The drawbar pull equates to 103 free-rolling cars on straight, level track.

Original

CTT Review;

March, 1995 (Marty McGuirk)

126

Electric

E60

Road Name (also

Amtrak

(original release):

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

MSRP: $165.00

Prototype Information:

locomotives on the

on

it

made

First

but

rails,

it

Catalog Number:

E60501

Greenberg

$130.00

Price:

in 1972, the 6,000 h.p. prototype

was one of the most powerful

wasn't particularly successful because of speed restrictions placed

by the Federal Railway Administration. Only 74 were made, and more than half of them

wound up Features:

in

Mexico.

Two can motors and Length: 16

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 5

Drawbar

Selected Comments:

more than 20

The

6.2

radius: 0-31

model is body the E60 was revised and tooling for this

at

latest version is

three

least

came

unique because

out. it

times

The new

has cabs on

both ends, should make catenary enthusiasts

Each cab

is

Amps

Scale

The sample we

tested has two motors, eight

and what the company calls smooth acceleration and gentle stops, no matter how suddenly the power is cut. Operation of the 5 lb. loco was quiet, and the drawbar pull equals tires,

"dish" flywheels, which allow for

MPH

28.2

1.3

12.0

1.8

99.7

18.0

2.2

162.3

illuminated; six plastic lenses,

representing markers, and two

number boards

are also illuminated.

The

six-axle trucks,

made of die-cast

metal,

were developed for an E8 diesel model that the

company

home on

cancelled.

They look

right at

this electric.

The geometric New Haven

very happy.

traction

Volts

pull: 2.7 lbs.

marketed by Williams engine, which

Performance:

in.

years old. First offered as a

only in the 1970s,

before this

a horn.

lbs.

Minimum

kit

960

Roster Number:

New Haven)

graphics are

and the colors suitably flat. The Williams E60 is a solid performer commemorating a prototype locomotive that probneatly applied

ably looked better than

you updated model.

sway you.

If

it

ran.

like electrics,

Don't let that check out this

roughly 100 pieces of modern free-rolling cars

on

straight

This

is

and

level track.

a very detailed

model

that captures

most of the main reference points of the prototype. Despite its double-ended design, it looks distinctively American. There are two pantographs over one cab. Supported by a spring, they can pop up so the E60 can run in either direction and look right.

Original July,

CTT Review;

1999 (Bob

Keller)

127

GG1

Electric

Road Name

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

MSRP: $600.00

Original

Prototype Information: to 100 m.p.h. in

The prototype GG1 was

64 seconds.

9,000 for short bursts.

Features: Die-cast

It

Many

4866

Roster Number:

Catalog Number:

18308

Greenberg

$480.00

Price:

tested in 1934 with great success.

could generate continuous horsepower

and stamped metal, dual Pullmor

Length:

N/A

Weight: 7

universal motors, Magne-Traction, pantographs,

Drawbar

Performance:

radius: 0-31

pull: 18 oz.

With

new

silver,

black,

and

Amps

Scale

8.5

2.8

16.78

10.0

3.0

49.58

12.0

3.2

74.38

Volts

lbs.

Minimum

It went from zero and peak at nearly

served on the Pennsy and subsequent ownerships for 50 years.

operating couplers, headlights, electromechanical reverse unit. Color:

Vital Statistics:

at 4,620,

red.

MPH

tooling,

18 ounces of Magne-Traction-assisted pulling

super-smooth redesigned motors and Magne-

power. That equals 36 mixed-vintage cars on

Selected Comments:

Traction, the Lionel

new

all

GG1

is

the

a solid "plus."

The

appear exacdy the same

tools at first

as

the old ones, but a closer look reveals added detail, altered interior design,

and a

single-

stamping frame.

A

is

present on the exterior

first

postwar aura.

rest

The

engine's performance

runs slow,

it

runs

fast, it just

is

excellent.

plain runs well.

lot

Not bad

level track. rails

for metal

- no rubber

tires

here.

of criticism has been leveled at the

The fact that it adorned only six Pennsy GGls during the twilight of the

railroad's existence

door handles, even marker lamp regions have been reworked. Yet the GG1 is still dwarf-like in terms of length, and the E-unit lockout lever still protrudes through the roof. Lionel won't abandon the model's ports,

and

paint scheme. real

Additional detail

- sand

straight

wheels on tinplate

choice

among

means

it

certainly isn't the

the collecting community.

However, the decoration quality

is

high and

quite accurate.

Be happy

that Lionel invested the

retool this engine - that's a

of the Lionel

money

good omen

to

for the

line.

It It

hard to convey how smooth the motors are during operation. They practically purr. The low-end speed is what one would expect, yet is

end is surprisingly muted. The locomotive pulls a lot of amperage

the top

ing operation, but

it

weighs 7 pounds, so

probably not unexpected.

dur-

that's

Our GG1 managed

Original December,

128

CTT Review;

1992

(Jim Bunte)

Electric

6G1

Road Name

Manufacturer:

Original

MSRP: $800.00

GG1 became

Designed for the

Features: Brass

4876

Roster Number:

Weaver

Prototype Information:

the

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Catalog Number:

1001

Greenberg

$900.00

Price:

electrified divisions of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the 1930s,

the workhorse there for 50 years, throughout the various subsequent ownerships.

and

die-cast metal construction, dual

can motors, directional lighting, operating

pantographs, electronic reverse. Color: Tuscan red with gold striping.

Length: 18

Vital Statistics:

Weight:

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments: First

Performance:

in.

N/A radius:

pull:

27

0-72 oz.

and foremost,

this

is

a

beautiful locomotive, with a sheet-brass superstructure,

stamped-steel frame

trucks.

The Weaver GG1

to the

term scale-length -

The

brings all

brass construction

is

and

die-cast

new meaning

18 inches of

seen - seamless and perfect everywhere. brass stock

is

hefty

and

substantial, so

don't get that thin brass feeling so

models exude. The Tuscan red paint

it.

the nicest we've

The you

many other

Amps

Scale

8

1.1

15.36

10

1.2

39.91

12

1.3

60.60

14

1.4

83.92

Volts

MPH

We had one problem with our sample. It had either a bad electronic E-unit or a bad lockout switch. We never found out which. We had to jumper the thing with an alligator clip to do our testing. We have since asked a number of Weaver dealers if they had encountered similar problems. They said they hadn't. The pantographs sible

are insulated, so

to rewire the locomotive to

it is

pos-

run from

overhead catenary power.

and the fivestripe accent is very well done, even on the ends. The lettering is sharp, making this is

nice,

engine a definite looker.

The model operated

smoothly, but only

after getting ajolt of voltage

- don't expect any

The vertically mounted dual can motors give the GG1 massive pulling power - a whopping 27 ounces, low-end crawling with

this baby.

equaling 54 pieces of mixed-vintage rolling stock

on

straight

and

level track.

The model

has a very scale-like speed control and an

almost even amperage appetite.

Original

C7T Review;

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GG1

Electric

Road Name

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Manufacturer: Williams

Original

4872

Roster Number:

MSRP: $499.00 w/True Sounds,

Catalog Number:

SG2001

Greenberg

$450.00

Price:

$399.00 w/horn only, $299.00 unpowered

The prototype GG1 was

Prototype Information:

and

tested in 1934,

could generate 4,620 continuous h.p. at 100 m.p.h., and peak It

went from zero

to 100 m.p.h. in

64 seconds.

Many

its

success

at nearly

amazed everyone.

It

9,000 h.p. for short bursts.

served on the Pennsy and subsequent own-

erships for 50 years.

Features:

Two

flywheel can motors, headlights, horn or optional sound system. Color: nine different paint and decoration schemes available: single-stripe or five-stripe Brunswick green or Tuscan red, red stripe on silver, five-stripe black, Conrail, Amtrak, and Penn Central.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 18

in.

Weight: 5.8

lbs.

Minimum Drawbar

Selected Comments: nial favorite

Performance:

radius:

0-42

pull: 1.7 lbs.

This locomotive

because the prototype

a peren-

is

is

the most-

popular electric engine in American Three-rail models have since 1947.

and

scale length,

almost

six

is

it

tires to

equal to 70 pieces of operate

this

pleasing. to

"coastability"

it is

in at

equipped

provide a drawbar pull

modern

1.24

96.4

17.6

1.52

117.4

is

MPH

17.5

quite flexible in allowing

We

noted no defects in the

shell's

paint or

decoration. With this engine, the characteris-

Williams shine looks right - like the well-

groomed prototype

in

its

heyday.

This locomotive runs well, looks good with

and is as imposing sitting on running along the pike.

scale-length cars,

a shelf as

it is

rolling stock.

at least

more graceful The operating

instantly

weighing

its

12.0

Scale

0-42 diameter curves to monster. The wider the curves,

need

the

are

hefty,

pounds. In addition,

with traction

You'll

looks imposing with

.44

metal underframe

tic

The Williams model

Amps

4.8

the trucks free movement.

history.

been on the market

Volts

It

it

looks.

characteristics of the

GG1

runs smoothly and reacts

commands. It also has good for smooth stops. The loco

comes with a horn, with a QSI True Sounds unpowered dummy. This is a clean-looking model with all the key body details represented. The window bars, the pantographs and the undercarriage gave a good prototypical look. The die-cast

system, or as an

Original February,

130

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1998 (Bob

Keller)

gauge "other" locomotives: 1990-2000 Locomotive type Turbine

Manufacturer MTH (RailKing) MTH (RailKing)

Phantom

Lionel

Motor

Rail Car

("Doodlebug")

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Gas

Motor

Electric

Road Name

(original release):

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

Santa Fe

MSRP: $219.95 w/sound,

$119.95

("Doodlebug")

M-131

Roster Number:

(RailKing)

Rail Car

Catalog Number:

30-2135

Greenberg

$215.00

Price:

w/o sound

Based on a popular Electro-Motive Co. design, an 80-foot car that had room at a maximum speed of 60 m.p.h. Nicknamed the "Doodlebug," it was powered by a 400 h.p. gasoline engine. The prototype Santa Fe car was an EMC model no. 148, built in 1929. It was converted to diesel in 1952 and scrapped in 1958. Prototype Information:

and ran

for 35 passengers

Features:

Two can

motors, protocouplers, ProtoSound System optional. Color: coach green with a

red and vellow nose.

Length: \5 A l

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 3.8

Minimum Drawbar

and appears

great

of

feet, the

prototype.

its

priced

MTH

0-31

radius:

pull: 2.3 lbs.

to

RailKing model looks

be a good representation

Though

line,

the

part of the lower-

model

Volts 8.2

Although shortened from

Selected Comments:

80 to 62 scale

Performance:

in.

lbs.

is

finished off

Scale

MPH

32.0

1.4

12.0

1.6

79.5

18.0

2.0

131.0

crime not to attach a suitable heavyweight car or two - even a string of freights. The two ProtoCouplers allow a tremendous amount of operational

flexibility.

The Doodlebug was a

with several detail items of note: a bright head-

history of

most

and red markers, an add-on bell over the fireman's position, and three simulated

home on

layouts

light

Amps

and postwar

"footnote" item in the

but it would be at modeling both the prewar

railroads,

eras.

exhaust stacks.

The and

great-looking truck frames, couplers,

steam-style

The

cow catcher are

die-cast metal.

car has an illuminated interior

senger

seats.

and

pas-

There's a plastic shield along the

motors from view. is very good, and the startup sounds, something akin to a diesel truck, are a real crowd pleaser. It also features

interior to hide the can

The ProtoSound system

squealing brakes and station sounds.

The

car

is

a great operator, thanks to

wheels on the can motors and traction

tires

fly-

on

each truck. Smooth acceleration, quiet operation,

and coasting

stops are the

drawbar pull of over 2 pounds,

norm. With a it would be a

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Keller)

Turbine

Gas-Coal Turbine "Big Blow"

Road Name

MTH

Manufacturer:

Original

Union

(original release):

10/1 OB

Roster Number:

Pacific

(RailKing)

MSRP: $399.00 w/horn,

Catalog Number:

30-2009

Greenberg

$440.00

Price:

$479.00 w/ProtoSound Prototype Information: The Union Pacific had 30 of these 8,500 h.p. units (GTEL 8500), all made by General Electric from 1958 to 1960. In 1964, their power was increased to 10,000 h.p. and they were fitted for multiple-unit operation. By 1969, the railroad had traded them all in for GE U50Cs.

The

turbine set consisted of a control unit that had a front like a cab-type diesel, the turbine

and a large tender Features:

to carry' fuel.

Two can motors,

The Big Blows were hungry

itself,

beasts.

headlight, ProtoSound optional. Color:

Armour

yellow with gray and

red trim.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 36 Weight:

Minimum Drawbar

The

Selected Comments:

in. (all

3 units)

Performance:

radius:

0-27

pull: 1.6 lbs.

MTH version

is

a great

Amps

Volts

N/A

Scale

6.9

1.0

13.7

12.0

1.4

100.7

18.0

1.53

167.7

well, delivering

MPH

squeaky brakes, cab chatter, a

When

miniaturization of the prototype - an eye-

thundering horn, and nice

catching representation of the real thing.

the turbine sounds kicked in they were a bit

There

is

throughout the detail.

vers

some compression

obviously

design (the model

is

in the

35 scale feet shorter), but

set there

is

a nice level of

MTH included plenty of simulated lou-

and

receptacles, plus a three-dimensional

brake wheel on the tender. All three units the powered control unit, the

bine and tender - ride on

unpowered

tur-

idle noise.

disappointing. Instead of something akin to the whine of a jet engine, they like a

Rail King's

made With

sounded more

stream of static.

Union

Pacific turbine

is

a well-

representation of a unique prototype. its

distinctive

appearance

it

will

generate

plenty of attention at trackside.

stylish silver trucks,

nicely replicating three-motor trucks

on the

prototype. Most of the major features appear

on the model. Using a Lionel ZW, the engine's performance was very good. The scale low-end speed averaged 13.7 m.p.h., with the high end at 137.

The loco was responsive and fast; when called upon to creep, it moved slowly. The drawbar pull

equates roughly to 78 modern, free-

rolling cars

The

on

turbine

level is

and

straight track.

available with the latest ver-

sion of ProtoSound.

The svstem functioned

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June,

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Keller)

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Unknown

Road Name

Phantom

Phantom

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Greenberg

Price:

visible

markings

18860

Catalog Number:

MSRP: $399.95

Original

No

Roster Number:

S290.00

Prototype Information: There isn't any - this is a Phantom locomotive. The product of somebody's PG-13 nightmare or a world-class put-on. Maybe both!

Pullmor motor, Magne-Traction, RailSounds, directional headlight.

Features:

Length: 14

Vital Statistics:

Weight

Performance:

in.

Minimum Drawbar

Amps

Volts

2.9 lbs.

9.5

radius:

0-31

pull: .7 lbs.

Lionel calls this thing "The supposed to be from a place called "Pratt's Hollow," which is a name, not a description, they tell me. It looks like an ecsapee from a painting bv one of those Italian

Scale

MPH

18.6

1.4

12.0

1.5

77.9

18.0

2.1

114.1

Selected Comments:

minimalist, but verv effective. Colors are dark

Phantom."

blue-gray

It is

the short4ived school of "Futurism,"

artists in

and

black.

There's a headlight and directional back-

up trol

deck with a marking the con-

lighting. Also, a raised flight

clear red plastic windshield

room.

The RailSounds recordings

which flourished earlv in the Twentieth Century - a vision in 1925 of what the trains of the remote future, say 1960, would look like.

engine with a sort of banshee-like howl. The

Some

horn suggests machinery rather than a loco-

see a kind of "New-Age-Supernatural"

quality about

like a "ghost train,"

suppose. Others look to outer space for clues - if the it

I

Martian landscape had railroads instead of

on

canals In

right.

Looking

chuckle, It is

trucks, fantasy.

able. rolls

Bob

review,

made

"Lionel

if

locomotive.

motive.

The

It

are unique to combines the roar of an

bell has a sonar-like "beep-beep-

is no cab talk on this one, for good reason. Nor are there any visible figures

beep." There

in the cockpit.

it.

his

this

this at

Keller indicates

that

engine just for fun!" He's

The Phantom

will

make you

then, you probablv wouldn't couple this thing

not laugh out loud.

based upon a Geep motor, frame, and

modified somewhat to

fit

and

the body

Tooling and decoration are remark-

The body

is

clean and the

Speed response was very good, mirroring However the drawbar pull of onlv .7 pounds was disappointing. But that of a Lionel Geep.

to

your coal

train.

shouldn't have a

engine

will

"Phantom

lot of

cars."

this

probably pull a million of them.

many gende

are smoothly crafted. Decoration

is

truly

Original December,

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bv definition

mass or substance, so

CTT Review;

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)

gauge locomotives Postwar -1945-1969

Retro reviews: Eight Lionel

(Technical specifications for comparison purposes)

Locomotive type

Manufacturer

2-6-2 Prairie (675)

Lionel

136

2-8-4 Berkshire (736)

Lionel

136

4-6-4 Hudson (773)

Lionel

137

6-8-6 S-2 Steam Turbine (681

Lionel

137

Page

Steam

Diesel

F3

AA (2343)

Lionel

138

FA

AA (2032)

Lionel

138

GP7 (2328)

Lionel

139

GG1 (2340)

Lionel

139

Electric

135

2-6-2 Prairie

Steam

Road Name

Lionel Lines

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Prototype Information:

Pennsy

K-4, but

Features:

it

Smoke,

Vital Statistics:

Catalog Number:

675

Greenberg

$80.00-$ 160.00

Price:

None. Based on a prewar Lionel locomotive,

had too few

Baldwin Disc

whistle,

Length: 19.25 Weight: 5

lbs.,

Minimum Drawbar

this

model was advertised

drivers. Introduced: 1947.

Performance:

in.

Amps

Scale

1.6

38.4

12.0

1.8

51.0

18.0

2.2

85.2

Volts

12.4 oz.

9.3

0-31

radius:

pull: 0.80 lb.

Road Name

Lionel Lines

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Prototype Information:

Smoke,

Vital Statistics:

Based very loosely on

Catalog Number:

736

Greenberg

$260.00-$375.00

New York Central

Price:

Berkshire locomotives. Scaled down.

whistle, Magne-Traction. Introduced: 1950.

Length: 21 Weight: 7

Drawbar

Performance:

in.

8.8 oz.

Volts

Amps

Scale 34.1

7.8

1.8

0-31

12.0

2.0

93.7

pull: 1.23 lbs.

18.0

2.3

119.2

Minimum

136

MPH

2-8-4 Berkshire

Steam

Features:

as a

axles in the pilot truck.

lbs.,

radius:

MPH

Steam

4-6-4 Hudson

Road Name

New York

(original release):

Central

Manufacturer: Lionel

Prototype Information:

Based on the famous

Catalog Number:

773

Greenberg

$500.00-$900.00

New York

Central

Price:

Hudson

locomotives. Full-scale, but

stripped-down version of the prewar 700E.

Features:

Smoke,

Vital Statistics:

whistle, Magne-Traction. Introduced: 1964.

Volts

Amps

Scale

10

2.1

43.6

0-31

12

2.2

61.6

pull: 1.36 lbs.

18

2.5

82.5

Length: 23 Weight: 7

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

5.5 oz.

radius:

Steam

6-8-6 S-2 Steam Turbine

Road Name

(original release):

Pennsylvania

Manufacturer: Lionel

Catalog Number: 681

Greenberg

Prototype Information:

Features:

MPH

Smoke,

Vital Statistics:

Price:

$120.00-$220.00

Scaled-down version of the Pennsy steam turbine.

whistle, Magne-Traction. Introduced: 1950.

Length: 19.34 Weight: 6

Minimum Drawbar

in.

lbs., 1.3 oz.

radius: 0-31

pull: 0.76 lb.

Performance:

Volts

9.7

Amps 2.1

Scale

MPH

32.3

12.0

2.5

61.2

18.0

2.9

111.1

137

Diesel

F3 (AA)

Road Name

(original release):

Santa Fe

Manufacturer: Lionel

Prototype Information:

Catalog Number:

2343

Greenberg

$220.00-$495.00

Price:

Scaled-down version of the General Motors workhorse F3 locomotives.

(Lionel's all-time best-seller!)

Features:

Two motors, horn, Magne-Traction. Introduced:

Vital Statistics:

Length: 13.5 Weight: 5

Minimum Drawbar

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

1950.

Volts

5.5 oz.

7.7

radius: 0-31

pull: 2.2 lbs.

Amps 2.3

Scale

12.0

2.6

77.4

18.0

3.5

121.2

Diesel

FA (AA)

Road Name

(original release):

Erie

Manufacturer: Lionel

Prototype Information:

Features:

Catalog Number:

2032

Greenberg

$120.00-$2 10.00

Price:

Scaled-down model of the square-nosed Alco FA engines.

Horn, Magne-Traction. Introduced: 1952.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.75

in.

Weight: 3

7 oz.

Minimum Drawbar

138

MPH

29.0

lbs.,

radius:

Performance:

0-27

pull: 1.15 lbs.

Volts 7.8

Amps 1.4

Scale

21.9

12.0

1.7

47.5

18.0

2.0

132.3

MPH

Diesel

GP-7

Road Name

Burlington

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Prototype Information:

Features:

Catalog Number:

2328

Greenberg

$240.00-$345.00

Price:

Scaled-down model of General Motors GP-7 road switcher.

Single motor, horn, Magne-Traction. Introduced 1955.

Vital Statistics:

Length: 14.25

in.

Weight: 3

0.5 oz.

Minimum Drawbar

lbs.,

Performance:

Volts 8.6

radius: 0-31

pull:

1

lb.

Amps

Scale

1.6

24.5

12.0

1.9

58.5

18.0

2.1

97.0

MPH

GG-1

Electric

Road Name

Pennsylvania

(original release):

Manufacturer: Lionel

Prototype Information:

Features:

Catalog Number:

2340

Greenberg

$560.00-$940.00

Scaled-down model of the Pennsylvania GG-1 locomotive.

Two motors, horn, Magne-Traction. Introduced:

Vital Statistics:

Price:

Volts

Amps

9 oz.

12

3.6

42.4

radius: 0-31

18

3.8

116.0

Length: 14 Weight: 6

Minimum Drawbar

1955.

Performance:

in.

lbs.,

Scale

MPH

pull: 1.97 lbs.

139

Index to

gauge locomotives: 1990-2000 SD90MAC SW8/SW9

Diesel

4-wheel switcher

Lionel

25

BL2

Williams

26

U25B U33C

C-420

Lionel

27

C-630

Weaver

28

Centipede

MTH MTH MTH

(Premier)

29

(RailKing)

30

(Premier)

31

0-4-0

Docksider

Lionel

32

0-6-0

USRA

Lionel

33

ThirdRail

34

2-4-2

Williams

35

2-4-2

Dash8-40B Dash 8-40C Dash 8-40C Dash 9 (C44-9W) Dash 9 (C44-9W) Dash 9 (C44-9W)

E8AA F3AA F3ABA F3ABA F3AA (B separate)

69Li

Adas Weaver

71

(S

Williams

72

64

70

(S

Steam

C I

Right-of-Way

74.^

Weaver

75

Marx

Trains

76

MTH

(Prewar

\

Switcher

Columbia Columbia

Mikado

36

2-8-2

Weaver

37

2-8-4 Berkshire

Lionel

38

2-10-0

Lionel

39

2-10-4 Texas

MTH

(Premier)

40

44-0 (William

MTH

(RailKing)

41

4-6-0

Camelback

4-6-0

Rogers

(RailKing)

Decapod

Mason)

Lionel

MTH

(Premier)

77

Third Rail

80

Third Rail

81 L

MTH MTH

(RailKing)

82

(RailKing)

83

K-Line

42

Williams

43

Williams

44

FA-2AA

K-Line

45

4-6-2 Pacific

Lionel

85

FTAA

Lionel

46

4-6-2 Pacific

Weaver

86

GP9 GP9

Lionel

47

4-6-2 Pacific

K4s

MTH

(RailKing)

87

Red Caboose

48

4-6-2 Pacific

GP38-2

K-Line (Classic)

49

(Streamlined)

MTH

(RailKing)

88

GP38-2

Weaver

50

GP60M

MTH MTH

(Premier)

51

(Premier)

52

4-6-2 Pacific

Lionel

53

4-6-4 3450-class

NW2

Lionel

PA1

Lionel

PA ABA PA ABA

Lionel

(Premier)

54 55 56 57

(RailKing)

58

19th-century

Ten-Wheeler

(Streamlined)

(Streamlined)

Hudson Hudson

RDC

Williams

59

Weaver Weaver

60

MTH MTH

(Premier)

62

Hudson

(RailKing)

63

4-6-4 Ll-class

RS-ll/RSD-12

SD9 SD45 SD50 SD60

SD60M SD60M SD90MAC

140

61

(RailKing)

84

Weaver

89

Weaver

90

Pecos River Brass

91

Weaver

92

K-Line

93

Lionel

94

Williams

95

Lionel

96

MTH

97

4-6-4 Hl-class

RDC-1 and RDC-2 RS-3

MTH

4-6-2 Pacific

MTH MTH

(3-car set)

|

\

H-24-66 Train

Master

4

78 4 79 j

F7ABA F7ABA FA-1 AA

H-10-44

(

O

Reproduction)

MTH

Hi

H

E8AA (B separate)

Williams

4-6-4 J-class

Hudson 4-6-4 J-class

Hudson 4-6-4 J-class

Hudson

Lionel

64

Lionel

65

Lionel

66

MTH MTH

(Premier)

67

(Streamlined)

(Premier)

68

Hiawatha)

4-6-4

Alco F7

Hudson (RailKing)

9

70

1

'

>4

Electric

E4-class

Hudson

MTH

O

AEM7/ALP44

Atlas

AEM7

MTH

Hudson

EL-C

Williams

124

(Streamlined

EP-5

MTH

125

Commodore

EP-5

Williams

E60

Williams

127

GG1 GG1 GG1

Lionel

128

Weaver

129

Williams

130

MTH MTH

(RailKing)

132

Turbine

(RailKing)

133

Phantom

Lionel

(Streamlined)

(Premier)

98

>4Jle-class

Vanderbilt)

99

Lionel

6-4Jle-class

Hudson (Streamlined

(Premier)

(RailKing)

122

123

126

Commodore Vanderbilt)

8-2 L-3a

Mohawk

8-4

Northern

•8-4

2900-series

Northern •8-4

(RailKing)

100

Lionel

101

Lionel

102

MTH

103

Other

Motor (RailKing)

GS4-class

Northern -8-4

MTH

Lionel

104

MTH

105

Rail

Car

("Doodlebug")

134

GS4-class

Northern

(Premier)

-8-4J-class

Northern

Lionel

106

MTH

107

-8-4 J-class

Northern Turbine ^8-6 S-2 Turbine >-8-6 S-2 Turbine 1-6-6-6 Allegheny -4-6-4 Duplex -8-6 S-2

(RailKing)

Lionel

108

MTH

109

(RailKing)

Third Rail

110

Lionel

111

(Q2) Challenger

Third Rail

112

MTH

113

Challenger

Third Rail

114

Third Rail

115

Lionel

116

Third Rail Third Rail

117

>-4-4-6S-l

Jhay

Lionel

119

Jhay

Right-of-Way

120

t-6-6-4

-6-6-4

(RailKing)

1-8-8-2

Cab-Forward U8-8-4 Articulated

Big Boy 1-8-8-4

Articulated

Big Boy

118

141

Index to

gauge locomotives: 1990-2000 (by manufacturer)

DIESEL

Weaver

Atlas

SW8/SW9

70

K-Line

F7ABA

42

FA-2AA

45

GP38-2

49

Lionel

C-630

28

E8AA

37

GP38-2

50

RS-3

60

RS-ll/RSD-12

61

U25B

71

Williams

BL2

26

Dash 9 (C44-9W)

35

43

72

4-wheel switcher

25

C-420

27

Dash 8-40C Dash 9 (C44-9W)

32 33

F7ABA FA-1 AA RDC (3-car set) SD90MAC

F3AA F3ABA

38

U33C

44 59 69

39

FTAA

46

GP9

STEAM

H-24-66 Train Master

47 53

NW2

54

K-Line

PA1

55

4-6-4 J-class

PA ABA SD50 SD60

56 65

2-8-2

SD60M

66

4-6-2 Pacific

64

Mikado

29

78

85

Hudson

94

LI -class Hudson

4-6-4

Centipede

93

Lionel

4-6-4 J-class

MTH

Hudson

4-6-4Jle-class

96

Hudson

Dash 8-40C

31

F3ABA GP60M

40 51

4-8-2 L-3a

H-10-44

52

4-8-4

PA ABA SD9

57

4-8-4 GS4-class

SD60M SD90MAC

(Streamlined Commodore

99

Vandnbilt)

Mohawk

101

Northern

102

104

67

Northern 4-8-4 J-class Northern 6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

68

2-6-6-6

Allegheny

111

Dash8-40B

30

4-8-8-4 Articulated Big

AA F3 AA

(B separate)

36

Shay

(B separate)

41

E8

RDC-1 and RDC-2 SD45

Red Caboose GP9

62

58

Marx

63

2-4-2

116

Trains

Columbia

76

2-8-4 Berkshire

79

MTH 48

ThirdRail

Hudson

(Streamlined)

34

4-8-4 GS4-class 2-4-2

142

108

119

4-6-4 E4-class

Dash 9 (C44-9W)

Boy

106

Columbia

Northern

98 105

77

4-4-0 (William

Mason) Camelback

82

Lionel

4-6-0

83

GG1

4-6-0

Rogers 19th Century

128

84

MTH

4-6-2 Pacific

87

AEM7

123

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

88

EP-5

125

97

Weaver

Ten-Wheeler K4s

4-6-4

Alco F7 Hudson

(Streamlined Hiawatha) 4-6-4Jle-class

GG1

Hudson

129

(Streamlined Commodore

100

Williams

4-8-4 2900-series

103

EL-C

4-8-4 J-class

107

EP-5

126

Turbine

109

E60

127

Challenger

113

GG1

130

Vanderbilt)

6-8-6 S-2 4-6-6-4

Northern Northern

124

Pecos River Brass 4-6-4 3450-class

Hudson

91

Lionel

Right-of-Way 0-4-0

OTHER

Docksider

74

Shay

Phantom

134

120

MTH Motor

Third Rail 2-10-0

Decapod

80

2-10-4 Texas 6-8-6 S-2

Rail

Turbine

Car ("Doodlebug")

132

133

81

Turbine

110

4-4-6-4

Duplex (Q2)

112

4-6-6-4

Challenger

114

4-8-8-2

Cab-Forward

4-8-8-4 Articulated Big

115

Boy

117 118

6-4-4-6 S-l

Weaver 0-6-0

USRA Switcher

75

86

4-6-2 Pacific 4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

89

4-6-2 Pacific (Streamlined)

90

4-6-4 Hl-class

Hudson

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