Lots of new trains to bring in the new year! We are happy to introduce the latest arrivals from MTH Electric Trains in both the RailKing and Premier Line. Remember to click the images for closer look!
First we shall start off with the fan favorite 2-8-4 Berkshire Nickel Plate Road 765. A RailKing Imperial model this engine is a great sounding and performing locomotive. Equipped with Proto-Sound 3.0 and featuring sounds that just may have been recorded from the real 765. The PFA or Passenger/Freight Announcement sequence has the engine pulling the named train the Westerner into famous cities along the Nickel Plate main line such as Erie, Cleveland, and Fort Wayne. Also it has a new chuff sound which is very close to the real 765’s characteristic “shot-gun” exhaust and has the classic Nickel Plate whistle.
The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (NYC) Berkshire features all of the same features as the 765 but instead of hauling a passenger train during the PFA it is hauling a freight train. The P&LE A2 Berkshires have a very interesting history as they were the last steam locomotives produced by ALCO for domestic use as only 7 were built and they all had very short careers. ALCO itself was on the verge of eliminating their steam facilities and they had to contract with the Lima Locomotive Works to build the tenders. They were the NYC’s motive power departments’s last ditch effort to extend the use of the steam locomotive but diesels were already on their victory march. Nevertheless this is a unique and interesting locomotive class. Just imagine how mind boggling it must of been to build something so big and powerful and to see it scrapped a few short years later.
Please note that all of the RailKing Berkshires are equipped with a longer wireless drawbar for O-31 curve operation. The gap between the engine and tender is considerably large. However a shorter drawbar is included with all of the engines if you desire to switch it out for a more realistic looking engine-tender gap and or for operation on larger curves.
Next up we have the Premier EMD E8 diesel locomotives for the New York Central and the Pennsylvania. The E8 was designed to head fast, long distance passenger trains and they were highly successful at doing just that. These two particular iterations of the E8 from MTH are rather unique. Each has the double start up sound to reflect the twin motors to the prototype. Both feature Passenger Station Announcements.
The New York Central E8 is painted in the experimental “Century Green” paint scheme which was only ever worn by seven NYC E8s. The PFA is passenger and features the named train the Chicagoan. Amazingly one of those seven ended up in preservation and has been restored to the green paint. Read all about it here http://urhs.org/blog/urhs-equipment-roster/#4083
The lead Pennsylvania E8 is number 5711 which is owned and operated by the Juniata Terminal Company. The PRR E8 model also features operating ditch lights.
Last but not least are the Premier Dash-8s for Norfolk Southern, Conrail and CSX. The Dash-8 was the big power of the day in the 1980s and is still a very common sight on the nation’s rails today. In fact NS 8414 has been spotted by Stockyard Express employees. Each model features a great sound set with different sounding horns on each model. The PFA sequence is also very engaging.