The following are our featured products for the month, these usually consist of new and notable releases or items we just find plain cool and think you might want to take a further look at.
1266 Light Mikado locomotives were built in total; 625 under USRA auspices, and a further 641 by individual railroads after WWI. An extremely popular and versatile design, many of these locomotives continued in service until diesels replaced them. “The USRA Heavy Mikados used pretty much the same running gear as the Light Mik's, but the boilers were 10 inches larger in diameter and they had larger cylinders as well. Tractive effort was about 10% higher for the heavy 2-8-2's.” (Broadway Limited’s website) A total of 1190 Heavy Mikados were built for a total of 23 railroads. Altogether, over 50 railroads ended up owning Mikados.
This model is equipped with excellent sound and has a tremendous mechanism.
Kato SD70ACe “The Spirit” With Sound
Union Pacific’s Locomotive No. 1943, The Spirit, is the 16th commemorative locomotive introduced in the 155-year-old company’s history. The Spirit honors the United States’ armed forces and the men and women filling their ranks. Created in collaboration with Union Pacific veterans, the locomotive illustrates the railroad’s connection to the thousands of veterans who helped build America through the centuries.
Every detail in The Spirit’s trade dress incorporates a piece of each U.S. armed forces branch. The Spirit’s front is symbolic of Air Force Silver, and the blue stripe is a reflection of the former Strategic Air Command’s “nose sash.” The lettering inside the sash is the original handdrawn font used on the B-17. It is followed by the Coast Guard’s “Racing Stripe” and the Navy’s Battleship Gray, which frames Union Pacific’s traditional American flag. The military camouflage is a nod to the Army and Marines.
As the train passes by, the final message on the tail is dedicated to U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action, featuring the POW/MIA symbol and its motto, You Are Not Forgotten.
This model is equipped with an awesome sounding ESU sound decoder and has Kato’s famous mechanism, resulting in probably one of the best locomotive’s to ever exist in N-scale!
Broadway Limited T1
The Pennsylvania Railroads's 52 T1 class duplex-drive 4-4-4-4 steam locomotives, introduced in 1942 (2 prototypes) and 1945-1946 (50 production), were their last steam locomotives built and their most controversial. They were ambitious, technologically sophisticated, powerful, fast and distinctively streamlined by Raymond Loewy.
This model is equipped with Broadway’s usual excellent mechanism and their outstanding sound quality making it perhaps one of the best N-scale steam locomotives to exist!