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MTH 20-3583-1 - 4-6-4 J-1e Hudson Steam Engine "Boston & Albany" w/ PS3 (Hi-Rail Wheels)

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  • Road Name: Boston & Albany
  • Road Number: 606
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Release: Sep. 2015
  • Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis
  • Die-Cast Tender Body
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Real Tender Coal Load
  • Die-Cast Locomotive and Tender Trucks
  • Engineer and Fireman Figures
  • Metal Handrails and Whistle
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Remote Controlled Proto-Coupler
  • Kadee Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Constant Voltage Headlight
  • Operating Firebox Glow
  • Operating Marker Lights
  • Lighted Cab Interior
  • Operating Tender Back-up Light
  • 7-Pole Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motor
  • Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Wireless Drawbar
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Onboard DCC Receiver
  • Proto-Scale 3-2 3-Rail/2-Rail Conversion Capable
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Quillable Whistle With Passenger Station Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures:27" x 2 1/2" x 3 7/8"
  • Operates On O-42 Curves
Steam DCC Features
  • Headlight/Tail light
  • Bell
  • Whistle
  • Start-up/Shut-down
  • Passenger Station/Freight Yard Sounds
  • All Other Lights (On/Off)
  • Master Volume
  • Front Coupler
  • Rear Coupler
  • Forward Signal
  • Reverse Signal
  • Grade Crossing
  • Smoke On/Off
  • Smoke Volume
  • Idle Sequence 3
  • Idle Sequence 2
  • Idle Sequence 1
  • Extended Start-up
  • Extended Shut-down
  • One Shot Doppler
  • Coupler Slack
  • Coupler Close
  • Single Horn Blast
  • Engine Sounds
  • Brake Sounds
  • Cab Chatter
  • Feature Reset
  • Labor Chuff
  • Drift Chuff

In Thoroughbreds, Alvin Staufer and Edward May's definitive book on the New York Central Hudsons, Al summarizes the attraction of this engine in a few perhaps-biased but nonetheless eloquent words: "The Hudsons had it all: looks, performance, and timing. . [The] forte of all Hudsons was power at speed.. That [the NYC Hudson] was the first of her wheel arrangement in the United States matters not nearly as much as what she hauled and how she hauled it. The Hudsons were designed to haul the Great Steel Fleet on the Water Level Route [the NYC's raceway from New York to Chicago, home of the 20th Century Limited and the Empire State Express, and the bane of rival Pennsylvania Railroad, whose route lay over the Allegheny Mountains]. The Hudsons were a New York Central phenomenon. They were a special machine for that special road. They were synonymous with the best. They were the best."

Thanks to Joshua Lionel Cowen, the Hudson also holds a special place in the history of 3-rail O gauge. Lionel's 700E scale Hudson, manufactured from 1937 to 1942, set a standard of detail for 3-rail engines that was unmatched for nearly 50 years, until Jerry Williams and Mike Wolf began the trend toward scale detailing that continues today.

Like Lionel in 1937, we believe our model of this engine exemplifies the best in today's O gauge locomotives. The M.T.H. J1e reappears in the Premier Line in 2008 in splendid dress striping and sporting the power and performance of Proto-Soundr 2.0.