Steam Engines MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0

MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0

MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0
MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0 MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0 MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0 MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0 MTH 30-1708-1 Lehigh Valley Imperial Streamlined Crusader Steam Engine ProtoSound 3.0
Manf Stock # 30-1708-1
Condition Like New
Box Yes
SKU 12900
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Description

The discovery of gold in California precipitated the Gold Rush of 1849 and forever changed the West. In just over a decade, California was transformed from a sleepy paradise of 14,000 souls to a state with over 300,000 inhabitants. Nearly a century later, the Golden State still had the aura of the Promised Land, and three railroads teamed up in 1937 to inaugurate a train named after the event that started it all. Hauled between Chicago and San Francisco by the Chicago & North Western, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific Railroads, the Forty Niner was a way to arrive at the Coast in style. Operating on a 49-hour schedule, the train featured its own dedicated air conditioned, streamlined, all-Pullman trainset, with valet and stewardess services as well as a shower and a barber shop. The entire train was finished in gunmetal grey, accented by black and gold striping above and below the windows.

For its portion of the Forty Niner's journey, the Union Pacific assigned a 4-8-2 Mountain-type steamer to the Cheyenne-Ogden stretch, and Pacific #2906, a 1920 Baldwin product, to the Omaha-Cheyenne run. Both engines were rebuilt with Timken roller bearing lightweight rods and streamlined shrouds, the only steam engines ever to be streamlined by the UP. Oddly, the UP painted the shrouds in its own streamliner colors of Leaf Brown and Armour Yellow, with red striping -- a beautiful paint scheme, but not at all a match for the grey trainset the engines were designed to pull.

Inaugurating service in the same year as the Southern Pacific's Daylight, the Forty Niner ran five round trips a month. The most difficult part of the journey proved to be the departure from Omaha's Union Station. The tracks had a definite sag in the middle, and #2906 often had a hard time starting her eight-car train out of this dip, occasionally needing help from the terminal switcher.

Business boomed in 1939 and 1940 as Midwesterners came to the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, but in 1941 the Forty Niner was discontinued. Pacific 2906 was assigned to more mundane duties and could often be found with a train of heavyweights in tow.

Features:

  • Intricately Detailed, Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis
  • Intricately Detailed, Die-Cast Tender Body
  • Colorful Paint Scheme
  • Die-Cast Locomotive Trucks
  • Handpainted Engineer and Fireman Figures
  • Real Tender Coal Load
  • Metal Handrails and Whistle
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Remote-Controlled Proto-Coupler
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Constant Voltage LED Headlight
  • Operating LED Firebox Glow
  • Operating Tender LED Back-up Light
  • Powerful Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motor
  • Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Wireless Drawbar
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Near-Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Passenger Station Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures: 20 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
  • Operates On O-31 Curves

This steamer is in Like New condition with only 37.9 scale miles on the odometer (pretty much just test run). There is no damage or defects. We have tested it to make sure all features work and make sure that it runs properly. Includes the full instructions, optional short drawbar, spare traction tires and a starter tube of smoke fluid. Comes in the original box with Styrofoam packing insert and all packing materials.

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