video MTH HO Big Boy Steam Locomotive


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Published on Nov 3, 2014
Just months before Pearl Harbor, the American Locomotive Company delivered the first Big Boy to the Union Pacific Railroad. The UP's Department of Research and Mechanical Standards had designed the locomotive for a specific task: to pull a 3600-ton train unassisted over the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. While the Big Boy is often cited as the biggest steam locomotive ever built, in fact it is not. The Norfolk & Western's Y6 and Class A, the DMIR’s Yellowstones, and the C&O’s Alleghenys were all in the same league, and some exceeded the Big Boy's weight and power.

But in the battle for hearts and minds, the Big Boy won. Perhaps it was the name, simple and direct, scrawled on a locomotive under construction by an Alco shop worker. Maybe it was timing, as the Big Boys hit the road just when America needed symbols to rally around. Maybe the UP's publicity department just did a better job of telling the world what great equipment they had. Whatever the reason, the Big Boy captured the imagination of railfans and the American public over the ensuing years, perhaps more than any other steam engine. In many ways it is the symbolic locomotive of the American West, as big and powerful as the country it sped through.

This enduring symbol of American railroading returns to the rails, complete with the industry-leading speed control, synchronized puffing smoke timed to drive wheel revolutions, and constant voltage LED lighting that define MTH HO motive power. Our model features a precision 12 volt 5-pole skew wound motor and die-cast metal construction for pulling power and speed that rival the original Big Boy - as well as authentic articulated chuffing sounds simulating the two engines drifting in and out of sync of one another. If you want a Big Boy that does more, the MTH HO Big Boy is the locomotive for you.
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video – MTH Premier Canadian National U1f O Scale Steam Locomotive

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Published on Nov 3, 2014
Canadian National took delivery of its first 4-8-2 locomotives in 1923, when they received the first sixteen of an ultimate fleet of 79 Mountains purchased over the next 20 years. Like the 4-8-2s on other railroads, CN's U1-class engines were designed for both passenger and freight service. The CN continued to order and operate 4-8-2s throughout its remaining steam years, demonstrating their confidence in the Mountains' power, speed, and reliability.

M.T.H. models the CN's semi-streamlined U1F Mountain, which is distinguished by the conical smokebox front covers, which earned them the nickname "Bullet Nose Betties." Designed for fast passenger service and built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1944 and early 1945, the 20 U1Fs were the last new steam power the railroad received. The last of the U1Fs was retired in 1962, the year after the Northerns had disappeared from the CN lines.

M.T.H. Electric Trains has also modeled CNR 6060, also known as the Spirit of Alberta, which is currently based in Stettler, Alberta, and used for summer railfan excursions. No. 6076 and matching passenger set are beautifully detailed models sure to impress everyone who sees its smooth, powerful performance on your fast passenger and dual service road.

MTH HO Allegheny Steam Locomotive Spotlight

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Published on Oct 31, 2014
The biggest engines east of the Mississippi were not rostered by the biggest railroads. There were no legendary articulateds racing along the NYC’s Water Level Route or charging over the Pennsy’s Horseshoe Curve. It was the smaller, scrappier eastern roads dedicated to wrestling coal out of Appalachia — the C&O, N&W, Virginian, Clinchfield, Western Maryland — that owned articulateds rivaling anything in the West. And the king of them all was the Chesapeake & Ohio’s Class H-8 Allegheny.

With four fewer drivers than a Union Pacific Big Boy, an Allegheny could deliver nearly a thousand more horsepower to the rails. Its massive firebox was big enough to host a board meeting — so big it required a unique 6-wheel trailing truck to support it. Its drivers carried the highest axle load of any steam engine, ever. To make the Allegheny fit the C&O’s existing 115-foot turntables, its tender was made taller at the rear, to accommodate 25 tons of coal and 25,000 gallons of water. This required a unique 4-wheel rear truck on the tender.

The Allegheny was the brainchild of Lima Locomotive Works, where the superpower steam concept had been invented in the 1920s. Like the Big Boy, it was designed to lift monstrous loads over one specific piece of railroad: the 80 miles between Hinton, West Virginia and Clifton Forge, Virginia, a coal route from the mines over the summit of the Allegheny Mountains toward tidewater ports. The engine took its name from the mountain range it traversed. Delivery of the inital order of 10 locomotives began just days after Pearl Harbor and a few months after the first Big Boy; the C&O was so pleased with the giant engines that it ordered 50 more over the next seven years. Fellow coal hauler Virginian took delivery of eight copies in early 1945, naming them Class AG Blue Ridge types.

Typical service on the C&O was lifting 140 loaded hoppers out of Hinton with one H-8 on the point, and another pushing at the rear and cutting off after the mountain summit was reached. About a third of the engines were equipped with steam heat and signal lines for wartime passenger and mail service, where they could reach their maximum speed of 60 mph. Later in their careers, some H-8s were assigned to flatter territory in Ohio and Kentucky, where a single Allegheny could walk away with a 160-car freight. When the final H-8s were retired in 1956, No. 1601 steamed under its own power to Dearborn, Michigan, to become a permanent exhibit in the Henry Ford Museum. The one other surviving Allegheny, No. 1604, resides today in the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

New for 2014, our die-cast model replicates all the features that made the prototype Allegheny as powerful visually as it was physically: high pilot deck for access to its smokeboxmounted air pumps; huge twin sandboxes located fore and aft of the steam dome; massive steam delivery pipes for both front and rear engines; torpedo-like air tanks ahead of the cab; and more. Like all M.T.H. articulateds, our Allegheny features puffing smoke and authentic articulated chuff sounds, with the front and rear engines going in and out of sync. It senses what type of power is on the rails and automatically adjusts to operate on analog DC, DCC command control, our own DCS digital command system, or (in the 3E+ version), Märklin command control. And when operating with DCS, just a few keystrokes will setup two H-8s to operate together as a lashup, with one at the head of your train and one at the rear, just like the prototype heading east over the Alleghenies.

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video – MTH RailKing ES44 GEVO Diesel Spotlight

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Published on Oct 31, 2014
With a wave of consolidation behind it, North American railroading is once again a good business to be in. Freight traffic is booming. Locomotive orders are coming in at a record pace from the Big Six roads that dominate rail transportation on the continent: Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Canadian National, and Canadian Pacific. And the two remaining diesel builders are locked in a battle to become the locomotive supplier for the 21st century. Caterpillar®-owned EMD, no longer a divison of General Motors, is represented by the AC-traction-motored SD70ACe and its DC-traction sibling, the SD70M-2. General Electric’s standard bearers are the EVOs, the Evolution Series ES44AC and ES44DC.

At the heart of the Evolution Series is a brand new prime mover, the four-cycle, 12-cylinder GEVO-12. While producing the same 4400 horsepower as its 16-cylinder FDL-series predecessor, the GEVO-12 uses less fuel and spits out 40% fewer emissions. GE claims the EVOs are “the most fuel-efficient, most environmentally friendly diesel locomotives in history.” Everything about these locomotives has been examined, questioned, and re-thought, generating 25 new U.S. patents in the process. And every Big Six railroad has ponied up to buy them, with the BNSF currently rostering the largest EVO fleet.

Like our debut RailKing Imperial diesel, the SD70ACe, the ES44AC comes accurately decorated in modern motive power paint schemes. Our near-scale model is a full 17" in length, yet operates comfortably on O-31 curves. Under the hood of the Proto-Sound 3.0 version is the same sound and control system found in our more expensive Premier model of this locomotive this locomotive, with sounds recorded from the actual prototype. Additional Imperial features include operating diesel exhaust smoke and flashing ditch lights. If you're looking for realism and a lot of fun at a RailKing price, it doesn't get any better than this!

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MTH Show Schedule10-30-14

Here is this weeks show schedule.

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M.T.H. Show Schedule For Week of October 26, 2014
M.T.H. Electric Trains will be attending The Great New York State Model Train Fair on November 1 – 2, 2014 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York.
HO, S Scale, O Scale, One Gauge and tinplate model railroading fans attending the event will have an opportunity to meet and ask M.T.H. Representatives questions about the M.T.H. product line, company direction and future plans as well as see product demonstrations and pick up a copy of our latest catalogs.
• The Great New York State Model Train Fair – Syracuse, NY
Saturday, November 1, 2014: 10:00am – 5:00pm 
Sunday, November 2, 2014: 
10:00am – 4:00pm

http://www.modeltrainfair.com

MTH website: http://www.mthtrains.com/content/shows