{"id":9266125577,"title":"MTH 20-3756-1 - 4-8-4 GS-6 Steam Engine \"Southern Pacific Lines\" #4462 w\/ PS3 (Hi-Rail Wheels)","handle":"20-3756-1","description":"\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eProduct Specification:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Name: Southern Pacific Lines \u003cspan\u003e(Black - No Shrouding)\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Number: 4462\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: Premier\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eScale: O Scale\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEstimated Release: Aug. 2017\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIntricately Detailed, Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIntricately Detailed, Die-Cast Tender Body\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAuthentic Paint Scheme\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Locomotive Trucks\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHandpainted Engineer and Fireman Figures\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Handrails and Whistle\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRemote-Controlled Proto-Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eO Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrototypical Rule 17 Lighting\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eConstant Voltage LED Headlight\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating LED Firebox Glow\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating LED Marker Lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLighted LED Cab Interior\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Tender LED Back-up Light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePowerful 7-Pole Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motor\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSynchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLocomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWireless Drawbar\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e1:48 Scale Dimensions\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOnboard DCC\/DCS Decoder\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Scale 3-2 3-Rail\/2-Rail Conversion Capable\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Quillable Whistle With Passenger Station Proto-Effects\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUnit Measures: 29\" x 2 3\/4\" x 4 1\/4\"\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperates On O-54 Curves\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cb\u003eSteam DCC Features\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF0 Head\/Tail light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF1 Bell \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF2 Horn \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF3 Start-up\/Shut-down \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF4 PFA \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF5 Lights (except head\/tail)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF6 Master Volume \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF7 Front Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF8 Rear Coupler \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF9 Forward Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF10 Reverse Signal \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF11 Grade Crossing \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF12 Smoke On\/Off \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF13 Smoke Volume \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF14 Idle Sequence 3 \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF15 Idle Sequence 2 \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF16 Idle Sequence 1 \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF17 Extended Start-up \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF18 Extended Shut-down \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF19 Labor Chuff\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF20 Drift Chuff\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF21 One Shot Doppler \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF22 Coupler Slack \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF23 Coupler Close \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF24 Single Horn Blast \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF25 Engine Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF26 Brake Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF27 Cab Chatter\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF28 Feature Reset\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverview:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eIn 1937 the Southern Pacific trumpeted a new train in full-page magazine ads:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eLet us stand by the tracks of Southern Pacific's Coast Line, as thousands now do every day and listen.Suddenly from far off comes a musical note, rising. Round a curve flashes a streak of color. Here comes the Daylight, the most beautiful train in the West!\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe \u003ci\u003eDaylights\u003c\/i\u003e linked Los Angeles and San Francisco \\\"in a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles.\\\" Travelers were invited to \\\"Step inside the \u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e and see the beauty and luxury that have already won the West. Notice the wide, soft seats in the coaches. They are cushioned with sponge rubber and turn to face the extraordinarily large windows.\\\" Presenting a glorious streak of orange and red from locomotive to observation car, the \u003ci\u003eDaylights\u003c\/i\u003e were a sharp departure from the SP's normal dark olive passenger cars.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLeading the trains were the Southern Pacific's class GS (for \\\"Golden State\\\") Northerns, arguably among the handsomest steam engines ever built. Constructed by Lima Locomotive Works, inventor of the super-power concept, the \u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e 4-8-4s had the combination of power and speed that characterized steam power at its zenith. Class GS-4 engines, delivered in 1941 and 1942, were among the last and best-looking of the breed, with tall 80\\\" drivers and enclosed all-weather cabs. In addition to handling premier passenger trains, the Golden State 4-8-4s were regularly used on the SP's famed \u003ci\u003eOvernight\u003c\/i\u003e high-speed freight service. Long before FedEx existed, it provided overnight business deliveries between San Francisco and Los Angeles, carrying everything from groceries to replacement car engines.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA lone GS-4, No. 4449, was saved from the scrapper and donated to the city of Portland, Oregon, where it sat mounted and stuffed in a city park for 16 years. Jack Holst, an elderly Southern Pacific employee, visited the engine regularly, oiling its bearings and rods in the hope that it would someday return to steam. As a result of his efforts, No. 4449 was in good enough shape that it was chosen as the western engine for the \u003ci\u003eAmerican Freedom Train\u003c\/i\u003e, returning to steam just four months to begin touring the country in 1975 in celebration of our nation's 200th anniversary. Repainted in \u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e colors, the engine still operates today in excursion service.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGS-6 \\\"War Babies\\\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the middle of World War II, the Southern Pacific attempted to order an additional 14 GS-4s. But the War Production Board, which controlled industrial production during the war, turned down the order, deeming streamlined passenger engines too frivolous for wartime production. The SP then resubmitted the order with a few changes, as a dual-service passenger and freight engine. \\\"GS\\\" now stood for \\\"General Service\\\" rather than \\\"Golden State\\\"; the streamlined side skirts were no longer present; the simplified smokebox front had a single headlight; and the paint scheme was plain black.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDesignated class GS-6, the engines were delivered in the late summer of 1943. The War Production Board diverted six of them to the power-starved Western Pacific, which designated them class GS-64. 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Round a curve flashes a streak of color. Here comes the Daylight, the most beautiful train in the West!\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe \u003ci\u003eDaylights\u003c\/i\u003e linked Los Angeles and San Francisco \\\"in a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles.\\\" Travelers were invited to \\\"Step inside the \u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e and see the beauty and luxury that have already won the West. Notice the wide, soft seats in the coaches. They are cushioned with sponge rubber and turn to face the extraordinarily large windows.\\\" Presenting a glorious streak of orange and red from locomotive to observation car, the \u003ci\u003eDaylights\u003c\/i\u003e were a sharp departure from the SP's normal dark olive passenger cars.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLeading the trains were the Southern Pacific's class GS (for \\\"Golden State\\\") Northerns, arguably among the handsomest steam engines ever built. Constructed by Lima Locomotive Works, inventor of the super-power concept, the \u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e 4-8-4s had the combination of power and speed that characterized steam power at its zenith. Class GS-4 engines, delivered in 1941 and 1942, were among the last and best-looking of the breed, with tall 80\\\" drivers and enclosed all-weather cabs. In addition to handling premier passenger trains, the Golden State 4-8-4s were regularly used on the SP's famed \u003ci\u003eOvernight\u003c\/i\u003e high-speed freight service. Long before FedEx existed, it provided overnight business deliveries between San Francisco and Los Angeles, carrying everything from groceries to replacement car engines.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA lone GS-4, No. 4449, was saved from the scrapper and donated to the city of Portland, Oregon, where it sat mounted and stuffed in a city park for 16 years. Jack Holst, an elderly Southern Pacific employee, visited the engine regularly, oiling its bearings and rods in the hope that it would someday return to steam. As a result of his efforts, No. 4449 was in good enough shape that it was chosen as the western engine for the \u003ci\u003eAmerican Freedom Train\u003c\/i\u003e, returning to steam just four months to begin touring the country in 1975 in celebration of our nation's 200th anniversary. Repainted in \u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e colors, the engine still operates today in excursion service.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGS-6 \\\"War Babies\\\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the middle of World War II, the Southern Pacific attempted to order an additional 14 GS-4s. But the War Production Board, which controlled industrial production during the war, turned down the order, deeming streamlined passenger engines too frivolous for wartime production. The SP then resubmitted the order with a few changes, as a dual-service passenger and freight engine. \\\"GS\\\" now stood for \\\"General Service\\\" rather than \\\"Golden State\\\"; the streamlined side skirts were no longer present; the simplified smokebox front had a single headlight; and the paint scheme was plain black.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDesignated class GS-6, the engines were delivered in the late summer of 1943. The War Production Board diverted six of them to the power-starved Western Pacific, which designated them class GS-64. On both roads, they ran in both freight and passenger service, and even in commuter service on the SP between San Francisco and San Jose.\u003c\/p\u003e"}

MTH 20-3756-1 - 4-8-4 GS-6 Steam Engine "Southern Pacific Lines" #4462 w/ PS3 (Hi-Rail Wheels)

$ 1,079.96 $ 1,199.95
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Product Description

Product Specification:

  • Road Name: Southern Pacific Lines (Black - No Shrouding)
  • Road Number: 4462
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Estimated Release: Aug. 2017

Features:

  • Intricately Detailed, Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis
  • Intricately Detailed, Die-Cast Tender Body
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Die-Cast Locomotive Trucks
  • Handpainted Engineer and Fireman Figures
  • Metal Handrails and Whistle
  • Remote-Controlled Proto-Coupler
  • O Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Constant Voltage LED Headlight
  • Operating LED Firebox Glow
  • Operating LED Marker Lights
  • Lighted LED Cab Interior
  • Operating Tender LED Back-up Light
  • Powerful 7-Pole Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motor
  • Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Wireless Drawbar
  • 1:48 Scale Dimensions
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • 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: 29" x 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"
  • Operates On O-54 Curves
Steam DCC Features
  • F0 Head/Tail light
  • F1 Bell 
  • F2 Horn 
  • F3 Start-up/Shut-down 
  • F4 PFA 
  • F5 Lights (except head/tail)
  • F6 Master Volume 
  • F7 Front Coupler
  • F8 Rear Coupler 
  • F9 Forward Signal
  • F10 Reverse Signal 
  • F11 Grade Crossing 
  • F12 Smoke On/Off 
  • F13 Smoke Volume 
  • F14 Idle Sequence 3 
  • F15 Idle Sequence 2 
  • F16 Idle Sequence 1 
  • F17 Extended Start-up 
  • F18 Extended Shut-down 
  • F19 Labor Chuff
  • F20 Drift Chuff
  • F21 One Shot Doppler 
  • F22 Coupler Slack 
  • F23 Coupler Close 
  • F24 Single Horn Blast 
  • F25 Engine Sounds
  • F26 Brake Sounds
  • F27 Cab Chatter
  • F28 Feature Reset

Overview:

In 1937 the Southern Pacific trumpeted a new train in full-page magazine ads:

Let us stand by the tracks of Southern Pacific's Coast Line, as thousands now do every day and listen.Suddenly from far off comes a musical note, rising. Round a curve flashes a streak of color. Here comes the Daylight, the most beautiful train in the West!

The Daylights linked Los Angeles and San Francisco \"in a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles.\" Travelers were invited to \"Step inside the Daylight and see the beauty and luxury that have already won the West. Notice the wide, soft seats in the coaches. They are cushioned with sponge rubber and turn to face the extraordinarily large windows.\" Presenting a glorious streak of orange and red from locomotive to observation car, the Daylights were a sharp departure from the SP's normal dark olive passenger cars.

Leading the trains were the Southern Pacific's class GS (for \"Golden State\") Northerns, arguably among the handsomest steam engines ever built. Constructed by Lima Locomotive Works, inventor of the super-power concept, the Daylight 4-8-4s had the combination of power and speed that characterized steam power at its zenith. Class GS-4 engines, delivered in 1941 and 1942, were among the last and best-looking of the breed, with tall 80\" drivers and enclosed all-weather cabs. In addition to handling premier passenger trains, the Golden State 4-8-4s were regularly used on the SP's famed Overnight high-speed freight service. Long before FedEx existed, it provided overnight business deliveries between San Francisco and Los Angeles, carrying everything from groceries to replacement car engines.

A lone GS-4, No. 4449, was saved from the scrapper and donated to the city of Portland, Oregon, where it sat mounted and stuffed in a city park for 16 years. Jack Holst, an elderly Southern Pacific employee, visited the engine regularly, oiling its bearings and rods in the hope that it would someday return to steam. As a result of his efforts, No. 4449 was in good enough shape that it was chosen as the western engine for the American Freedom Train, returning to steam just four months to begin touring the country in 1975 in celebration of our nation's 200th anniversary. Repainted in Daylight colors, the engine still operates today in excursion service.

GS-6 \"War Babies\"

In the middle of World War II, the Southern Pacific attempted to order an additional 14 GS-4s. But the War Production Board, which controlled industrial production during the war, turned down the order, deeming streamlined passenger engines too frivolous for wartime production. The SP then resubmitted the order with a few changes, as a dual-service passenger and freight engine. \"GS\" now stood for \"General Service\" rather than \"Golden State\"; the streamlined side skirts were no longer present; the simplified smokebox front had a single headlight; and the paint scheme was plain black.

Designated class GS-6, the engines were delivered in the late summer of 1943. The War Production Board diverted six of them to the power-starved Western Pacific, which designated them class GS-64. On both roads, they ran in both freight and passenger service, and even in commuter service on the SP between San Francisco and San Jose.