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MTH RK 4-6-4 Rare O Gauge Lehigh Valley Hiawatha PS2 New In OB

MTH RK 4-6-4 Rare O Gauge Lehigh Valley Hiawatha PS2 New In OB

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Mint, brand new in original box, packing materials and paperwork. Tested only to ensure full function. See pictures and video for complete details. DCS Command equipped or runs conventionally. Rare find and a beautiful Lehigh Valley Hiawatha.

Die-Cast Boiler and Tender Body - Metal Wheels and Axles - Constant Voltage Headlight - Die-Cast Truck Sides - Precision Flywheel Equipped Motor - Remote Controlled Proto-Coupler - Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell - Decorative Metal Whistle - Operating Marker Lights - Operating Proto-Smoke System - Operating Tender Back-up Light - Locomotive Speed Control - Engineer and Fireman Figures - Proto-Sound 2.0 With The Digital Command System with passenger Proto-Effects - Unit Measures:22 5/16" x 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" - Operates On O-31 Curves

History and Legacy:
With the bold slogan "Nothing Faster on Rails," the Milwaukee Road inaugurated its Chicago-Twin Cities Hiawatha passenger service on May 29, 1935. Pressured by intense competition on the route between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul - including the Burlington's pioneering diesel Twin Zephyrs - the Milwaukee Road had turned to the American Locomotive Works to design the fastest steam locomotives of the day. The results did not disappoint. The Hiawatha were initially headed by oil burning Alco 4-4-2 Atlantics created specifically for intense 100 mile per hour daily operations. The engines and their entire trains were renowned for their colorful, aerodynamic styling by industrial designer Otto Kuhler - who lamented, however, that "I did get disgusted every time an uninitiated person asked me, 'Is that a diesel?'" The Hiawatha seduced passengers with luxurious surroundings that included the Tip Top Tap Room, the first standup cocktail bar on American rails. The popularity of the service soon mandated longer trains and larger locomotives. Enter the Kuhler-styled coal-burning F7 4-6-4 Hudsons turned out by Alco in 1938. Among the heaviest Hudsons ever built, the massive F7s outclassed the more-famous New York Central J-series Hudsons in almost every way: larger firebox, higher boiler pressure, taller drivers (84"), and more power at speed. Unlike the NYC Hudsons, however, the F7s were born just as their technology was dying. Within a decade, the F7s and their trains were replaced by diesel-powered Hiawathas magnificently styled by designer Brooks Stevens. Sadly, none of the steam-powered Hiawathas were preserved. Fortunately, your O gauge railroad can recreate the sights and sounds of this legendary train. Last seen in the RailKing line in 1998, the Hiawatha Hudson features die-cast locomotive and tender construction and the latest M.T.H. features, including synchronized puffing Proto-Smoke and the incredible sounds and performance of Proto-Sound 2.0. Rare Lehigh Valley markings make this one a must for any collector.
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