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MTH 22-5700-2 - ALP 46 Electric Engine "NJ Transit" w/PS3 (Scale Wheels)

MTH 22-5700-2 - ALP 46 Electric Engine "NJ Transit" w/PS3 (Scale Wheels)

MTH Electric Trains

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Product Specification:

  • Road Name: NJ Transit
  • Road Number: 4600
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Estimated Release: Nov. 2017

Features:

  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides & Pilots
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • (2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • O Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights
  • Lighted LED Cab Interior Light
  • Illuminated LED Number Boards
  • Lighted LED Marker Lights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Motorized Operating Pantographs
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Proto-Scale 3-2 3-Rail/2-Rail Conversion Capable
  • 1:43 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Passenger Station Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures: 16 3/16" x 2 1/2" x 4 5/16"
  • Operates On 36" Radius Curves
Diesel 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 Panto Auto/Manual 
  • F13 Front Panto Up/Down 
  • F14 Rear Panto Up/Down 
  • F15 Idle Sequence 2 
  • F16 Idle Sequence 1 
  • F17 Extended Start-up 
  • F18 Extended Shut-down 
  • F19 Train Marker
  • F20 Ditch Light Flash/Std
  • 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:

The ALP-46 is the third generation of electric power to serve New Jersey commuters. In the 1930s, the Pennsylvania Railroad's landmark electrification linked New York City to much of New Jersey with MP54 electric commuter cars and trains hauled by GG1 electric locomotives. When New Jersey Transit took over commuter rail service in 1983 from Conrail (which had inherited the operation from Pennsy successor Penn Central), the GG1s were still soldiering on and badly in need of replacement.

But in the half-century since the GG1s' delivery, building electric locomotives had become a lost art in the United States. Looking for new power, NJT took a cue from Amtrak and ordered the Swedish-designed ALP-44, a near-copy of Amtrak's AEM-7. The first ALP-44s arrived in 1990.

Fast forward a decade and NJT was once more in the market for new locomotives, with increased ridership and double-decker cars creating the need for a more powerful engine. Turning again to Europe, NJT contracted with German-headquartered ADtranz to build the ALP-46, based on their Class 101, the flagship electric of Germany's national railway. During production, ADtranz was taken over by Bombardier Transportation, which then became the largest rail equipment manufacturer in the world.

While unique to New Jersey Transit, the ALP-46 shares the basic shape and technology of Bombardier electrics in service throughout Europe. It offers a near-perfect combination of speed, safety, and practicality. Designed for aerodynamics but also for economical construction, its streamlined shape is composed almost entirely of flat surfaces. The ends are raked at an angle that slices through the air - but a steeper, more streamlined angle was avoided in order to minimize air turbulence between the engine and the following car.

The controls, of course, are computerized with myriad safety systems. With nearly 900 horsepower available to each of its eight wheels, wheelslip control on the ALP-46 was mandatory. Another system monitors the pantograph shoe that contacts the overhead wire. In the event of shoe breakage, it automatically lowers the pantograph to prevent wire damage. The trucks on the ALP-46 are derived from those on Germany's high-speed Inter-City Express (ICE), with modifications for the tighter curves on commuter lines. In full flight, the ALP-46 can reach 100 mph, but its trucks are designed to be safe at 160 mph.

Built in Bombardier's plant in Kassel, Germany, the NJT's fleet of 29 ALP-46s was delivered in 2001-2002. It is used largely in push-pull service with single-level coaches and bi-level Bombardier-built cars; the engine leads the train in one direction, and on the return leg the engineer drives from a cab in the end coach. The locomotives proved so successful that NJT took delivery of 36 additional units in 2009-2011, with upgraded electonics and designated class ALP-46A.


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