{"id":4273684054151,"title":"MTH 20-3773-1 - 4-8-4 J Steam Locomotive \"Norfolk \u0026 Western\" w\/ PS3 (Hi-Rail Wheels) #611 (Spirit of Roanoke)","handle":"20-3773-1","description":"\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Name: Norfolk \u0026amp; Western\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Number: \u003cspan\u003e611 (Spirit of Roanoke)\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: Premier\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eScale: O Scale\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEstimated Release: \u003cspan\u003eDEC. 2020\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n[TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Boiler and Chassis\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Tender Body\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAuthentic Paint Scheme\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eReal Tender Coal Load\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Locomotive Trucks\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEngineer and Fireman Figures\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Handrails and Decorative Bell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Wheels and Axles\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRemote Controlled Proto-Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eKadee Coupler Mounting Pads\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrototypical Rule 17 Lighting\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eConstant Voltage Headlight\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Firebox Glow\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Marker Lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Numberboard Lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLighted Cab Interior\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Tender Back-up Light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Flywheel Equipped Motor\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSynchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSteaming Quillable Whistle\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 Proportions\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOnboard DCC Receiver\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: 27 3\/4\" x 2 3\/4\" x 3 7\/8\"\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperates On O-54 Curves\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eSteam DCC Features\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHeadlight\/Tail light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWhistle\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eStart-up\/Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePassenger Station\/Freight Yard Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll Other Lights (On\/Off)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMaster Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFront Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRear Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eForward Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eReverse Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eGrade Crossing\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSmoke On\/Off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIdle Sequence 3\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSmoke Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIdle Sequence 2\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIdle Sequence 1\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eExtended Start-up\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eExtended Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOne Shot Doppler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCoupler Slack\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCoupler Close\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSingle Horn Blast\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEngine Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBrake Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFeature Reset\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCab Chatter\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLabor Chuff\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDrift Chuff\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverview:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA visit to the Norfolk \u0026amp; Western in the early 1950s was like a scene from\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eJurassic Park\u003c\/i\u003e: prehistoric beasts romping in their natural mountain habitat. At a time when other roads were letting their remaining steam engines rot away and giving them minimal service in dirty, dingy, soon-to-close facilities, the N\u0026amp;W was still running a first-class steam operation and even building new power. With its main line through some of the nation's richest coalfields, it was still betting on the future of steam; as late as 1955, the N\u0026amp;W didn't roster a single diesel. The majority of traffic was handled by what N\u0026amp;W fans call the \"holy trinity of steam\": the massive Y6 2-8-8-2; the articulated greyhound Class A; and the N\u0026amp;W's glamour girl, the streamlined Class J.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Class J 4-8-4 was an engine of quiet superlatives. Handsome, powerful (5100 hp), and, as a test on the Pennsylvania Railroad proved, capable of hauling 15 cars at 110 mph, it was designed and styled not by one of the big three builders (Alco, Baldwin, and Lima) or a famous designer like Raymond Loewy or Henry Dreyfuss, but by the N\u0026amp;W's home-grown team of designers and craftsmen at the road's Roanoke, Virginia shops. For power and quick acceleration through mountainous territory, and to make room for the largest possible boiler, they equipped the streamlined J with 70\" drivers - unusually small for a 4-8-4 and fully 10\" smaller than the Southern Pacific's\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eGS-4 of the same wheel arrangement.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBuilt in several groups between 1941 and 1950, a mere fourteen J's were able to handle 80% of the N\u0026amp;W's passenger traffic, because their designers addressed one of steam power's key weaknesses: down time for maintenance and repairs. Equipped with Timken roller bearings on all axles and rods, Timken-designed lightweight pistons and rods, and an automatic lubrication system that reached more than 200 points including the bell bearings, the Js were designed to go a quarter-million miles between scheduled shop visits. Like a race car, they were engineered for quick pit stops: in less than an hour, a J could be fully serviced, lubricated, filled with coal and water and ready for its next dash over the road's 676-mile main line between Norfolk and Cincinnati, hauling the deluxe daylight\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003ePowhatan Arrow\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eor the overnight\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003ePocahontas\u003c\/i\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNow you can enjoy the return of one of our finest steam engine models to the M.T.H. Premier lineup. Featuring the power and performance of Proto-Sound 3.0, our 2020 model, like all Premier steam engines, is equipped with synchronized puffing smoke and Proto-Speed control for incredible slow speed action. The\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eSpirit of Roanoke\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003ewill include special cab chatter dialogue featuring Wick Moorman, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Norfolk Southern. Accessible through the Proto-Sound 3.0 PFA feature, these special recordings can be accessed in Conventional Mode from any transformer with a whistle and bell button or via the M.T.H. 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Western\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Number: \u003cspan\u003e611 (Spirit of Roanoke)\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: Premier\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eScale: O Scale\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEstimated Release: \u003cspan\u003eDEC. 2020\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n[TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Boiler and Chassis\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Tender Body\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAuthentic Paint Scheme\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eReal Tender Coal Load\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Locomotive Trucks\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEngineer and Fireman Figures\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Handrails and Decorative Bell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Wheels and Axles\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRemote Controlled Proto-Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eKadee Coupler Mounting Pads\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrototypical Rule 17 Lighting\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eConstant Voltage Headlight\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Firebox Glow\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Marker Lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Numberboard Lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLighted Cab Interior\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating Tender Back-up Light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Flywheel Equipped Motor\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSynchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSteaming Quillable Whistle\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 Proportions\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOnboard DCC Receiver\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: 27 3\/4\" x 2 3\/4\" x 3 7\/8\"\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperates On O-54 Curves\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eSteam DCC Features\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHeadlight\/Tail light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWhistle\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eStart-up\/Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePassenger Station\/Freight Yard Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll Other Lights (On\/Off)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMaster Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFront Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRear Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eForward Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eReverse Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eGrade Crossing\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSmoke On\/Off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIdle Sequence 3\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSmoke Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIdle Sequence 2\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIdle Sequence 1\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eExtended Start-up\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eExtended Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOne Shot Doppler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCoupler Slack\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCoupler Close\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSingle Horn Blast\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEngine Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBrake Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFeature Reset\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCab Chatter\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLabor Chuff\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDrift Chuff\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverview:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA visit to the Norfolk \u0026amp; Western in the early 1950s was like a scene from\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eJurassic Park\u003c\/i\u003e: prehistoric beasts romping in their natural mountain habitat. At a time when other roads were letting their remaining steam engines rot away and giving them minimal service in dirty, dingy, soon-to-close facilities, the N\u0026amp;W was still running a first-class steam operation and even building new power. With its main line through some of the nation's richest coalfields, it was still betting on the future of steam; as late as 1955, the N\u0026amp;W didn't roster a single diesel. The majority of traffic was handled by what N\u0026amp;W fans call the \"holy trinity of steam\": the massive Y6 2-8-8-2; the articulated greyhound Class A; and the N\u0026amp;W's glamour girl, the streamlined Class J.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Class J 4-8-4 was an engine of quiet superlatives. Handsome, powerful (5100 hp), and, as a test on the Pennsylvania Railroad proved, capable of hauling 15 cars at 110 mph, it was designed and styled not by one of the big three builders (Alco, Baldwin, and Lima) or a famous designer like Raymond Loewy or Henry Dreyfuss, but by the N\u0026amp;W's home-grown team of designers and craftsmen at the road's Roanoke, Virginia shops. For power and quick acceleration through mountainous territory, and to make room for the largest possible boiler, they equipped the streamlined J with 70\" drivers - unusually small for a 4-8-4 and fully 10\" smaller than the Southern Pacific's\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eDaylight\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eGS-4 of the same wheel arrangement.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBuilt in several groups between 1941 and 1950, a mere fourteen J's were able to handle 80% of the N\u0026amp;W's passenger traffic, because their designers addressed one of steam power's key weaknesses: down time for maintenance and repairs. Equipped with Timken roller bearings on all axles and rods, Timken-designed lightweight pistons and rods, and an automatic lubrication system that reached more than 200 points including the bell bearings, the Js were designed to go a quarter-million miles between scheduled shop visits. Like a race car, they were engineered for quick pit stops: in less than an hour, a J could be fully serviced, lubricated, filled with coal and water and ready for its next dash over the road's 676-mile main line between Norfolk and Cincinnati, hauling the deluxe daylight\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003ePowhatan Arrow\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eor the overnight\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003ePocahontas\u003c\/i\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNow you can enjoy the return of one of our finest steam engine models to the M.T.H. Premier lineup. Featuring the power and performance of Proto-Sound 3.0, our 2020 model, like all Premier steam engines, is equipped with synchronized puffing smoke and Proto-Speed control for incredible slow speed action. The\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eSpirit of Roanoke\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003ewill include special cab chatter dialogue featuring Wick Moorman, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Norfolk Southern. Accessible through the Proto-Sound 3.0 PFA feature, these special recordings can be accessed in Conventional Mode from any transformer with a whistle and bell button or via the M.T.H. DCS Digital Command System.\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

MTH 20-3773-1 - 4-8-4 J Steam Locomotive "Norfolk & Western" w/ PS3 (Hi-Rail Wheels) #611 (Spirit of Roanoke)

$ 1,199.95 $ 1,299.95
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Product Description
  • Road Name: Norfolk & Western
  • Road Number: 611 (Spirit of Roanoke)
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Estimated Release: DEC. 2020
Features:
  • Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis
  • Die-Cast Tender Body
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Real Tender Coal Load
  • Die-Cast Locomotive Trucks
  • Engineer and Fireman Figures
  • Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
  • 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
  • Operating Numberboard Lights
  • Lighted Cab Interior
  • Operating Tender Back-up Light
  • Precision Flywheel Equipped Motor
  • Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System
  • Steaming Quillable Whistle
  • 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 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 3 7/8"
  • Operates On O-54 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
  • Idle Sequence 3
  • Smoke Volume
  • 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
  • Feature Reset
  • Cab Chatter
  • Labor Chuff
  • Drift Chuff
Overview:

A visit to the Norfolk & Western in the early 1950s was like a scene from Jurassic Park: prehistoric beasts romping in their natural mountain habitat. At a time when other roads were letting their remaining steam engines rot away and giving them minimal service in dirty, dingy, soon-to-close facilities, the N&W was still running a first-class steam operation and even building new power. With its main line through some of the nation's richest coalfields, it was still betting on the future of steam; as late as 1955, the N&W didn't roster a single diesel. The majority of traffic was handled by what N&W fans call the "holy trinity of steam": the massive Y6 2-8-8-2; the articulated greyhound Class A; and the N&W's glamour girl, the streamlined Class J.

The Class J 4-8-4 was an engine of quiet superlatives. Handsome, powerful (5100 hp), and, as a test on the Pennsylvania Railroad proved, capable of hauling 15 cars at 110 mph, it was designed and styled not by one of the big three builders (Alco, Baldwin, and Lima) or a famous designer like Raymond Loewy or Henry Dreyfuss, but by the N&W's home-grown team of designers and craftsmen at the road's Roanoke, Virginia shops. For power and quick acceleration through mountainous territory, and to make room for the largest possible boiler, they equipped the streamlined J with 70" drivers - unusually small for a 4-8-4 and fully 10" smaller than the Southern Pacific's Daylight GS-4 of the same wheel arrangement.

Built in several groups between 1941 and 1950, a mere fourteen J's were able to handle 80% of the N&W's passenger traffic, because their designers addressed one of steam power's key weaknesses: down time for maintenance and repairs. Equipped with Timken roller bearings on all axles and rods, Timken-designed lightweight pistons and rods, and an automatic lubrication system that reached more than 200 points including the bell bearings, the Js were designed to go a quarter-million miles between scheduled shop visits. Like a race car, they were engineered for quick pit stops: in less than an hour, a J could be fully serviced, lubricated, filled with coal and water and ready for its next dash over the road's 676-mile main line between Norfolk and Cincinnati, hauling the deluxe daylight Powhatan Arrow or the overnight Pocahontas.

Now you can enjoy the return of one of our finest steam engine models to the M.T.H. Premier lineup. Featuring the power and performance of Proto-Sound 3.0, our 2020 model, like all Premier steam engines, is equipped with synchronized puffing smoke and Proto-Speed control for incredible slow speed action. The Spirit of Roanoke will include special cab chatter dialogue featuring Wick Moorman, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Norfolk Southern. Accessible through the Proto-Sound 3.0 PFA feature, these special recordings can be accessed in Conventional Mode from any transformer with a whistle and bell button or via the M.T.H. DCS Digital Command System.