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MTH 20-5687-1 - E33 Electric Engine "Norfolk & Western" w/ PS3

MTH Electric Trains

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Product Specification:

  • Road Name: Norfolk & Western
  • Road Number: 232, 236 & 239
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Release: Oct. 2014


  • Intricately Detailed ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • (2) Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • Kadee Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights
  • Lighted Cab Interior
  • Illuminated Number Boards
  • Lighted Marker Lights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Mechanically Operating Pantographs
  • Catenary/Track Power Selector Switch
  • Onboard DCC Receiver
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures:16 7/16" x 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • Operates On O-42 Curves
Diesel DCC Features
  • Headlight/Taillights
  • Bell On/Off
  • Horn Blast
  • Start-up/Shut-down Sounds
  • Passenger Station/Freight Yard Sounds
  • Lights (except head/tail lights)
  • Master Volume UP/Down
  • Front Coupler Open
  • Rear Coupler Open
  • Forward Horn Signal
  • Reverse HOrn Signal
  • Grade Crossing Signal
  • Idle Sequences 2
  • Idle Sequences 1
  • Extended Start-up Sounds
  • Extended Shut-down Sounds
  • One Shot Doppler Effect
  • Coupler Slack Sound
  • Coupler Close Sound
  • Single Horn Sound Blast
  • Engine Sound On/Off
  • Brake Sound On/Off
  • Cab Chatter Sounds
  • Feature Reset Activation
  • Ditch Light Flash/Std
  • Train Marker


The operating history of the Rectifier Electric Locomotive dates back to the 1890s when Peter Cooper-Hewitt discovered how a mercury rectifier actually works. About the same time, Charles Steinmetz of General Electric (GE) was also working on this operating principle to identify converters for commercial and industrial applications for the process. A railway vehicle application occurred in 1906, which initiated years of rail car experimentation on a few railroad lines. Following World War II, a device known as the Ignitron came to the forefront in the experimentation of rectifier technology. The use of the Ignitron on railway units helped to open the door for electrification and modernization of railroads.

The E-33 Rectifier Electric Train has a somewhat complicated history in that it first made an appearance as the Virginian EL-3a. Once the Virginia Railway merged with the Norfolk & Western, these locomotives were classified as EF-4s. That's when the New Haven Railroad bought several of them for $20,000 each.

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