|Announced Date:||Jan 2023|
|Released Date:||Est. 4th Quarter 2023|
Easily one of the most iconic steam locomotives of all time, Henry Dreyfuss' styling for the 1938 20th Century Limited has endured for nearly a century as a pinnacle of industrial design. Only ten J3 Hudsons received this treatment and the shrouds lasted barely a decade, but their impact on popular culture remains. The Hudson is finally back in the Lionel catalog, with all new tooling which allows accurate looks for both asdesigned and modified versions. 5449 and 5452 will feature the full streamlining, with either Boxpok or Scullin disk drive wheels as appropriate. It didn't take long for some of the streamlining to be cut back, however. 5445 shows a little trimming in its 1939 "Mercury" dress. We're offering 5445 again and 5447 with the impressive PT tenders as well. The enormous tanks and further reduction of the cowling did more for operations than appearance, but they are still impressive machines. Last but not least, we have one "fantasy" scheme which reverses the colors to better match the later look of the NYC's fleet. If only the prototypes had kept their styling long enough for the NYC to have tried the same! These locomotives feature full Legacy and Bluetooth control as well as whistle steam for the first time. All three version that include the PT tender will also have our water scoop effect in the tender to simulate the operation through track pans at high speed. Fans have been requesting a return of these beauties for many years, so don't miss the chance to add "the locomotive of the Century" to your roster!