MTH Premier Mikado / Chicago & Eastern Illinois, C&EI / Smoking whistle effects / LED Lighting / Protosound 3.0 / price $1249.99 plus freight
During World War I, Uncle Sam nationalized the railroads when they proved unequal to the task of moving massive amounts of men and material for the war effort. The agency that ran the trains was the United States Railroad Administration, or USRA, and one of its chief accomplishments was the creation of 12 steam engine designs that lasted for decades. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USRA locomotives were “the first successful standardization of American motive power” – and the only standard designs until the diesel era. The most popular of the USRA designs was the 2-8-2 Mikado, which was used on heavy main line steam service.
The 2-8-2 was one of the more common configurations in the first half of the 20th century, before dieselization. Between 1917 and 1944, Alco, Lima and Baldwin built nearly 2,200 of this type. The 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive has been built. The name “Mikado” came from a group of 2-8-2 locations built by Baldwin in 1897 for Nippon Railway, named after the Emperor of Japan.
The USRA designs were modern but conservative. They incorporated the best practices of their day, but broke little new ground. After the war, the basic designs were used by railroads across the nation, and about one-quarter of the Mikados built in the United States were either of USRA designs or descendants of those designs. While Mikados were generally relegated to lesser duties as heavier power arrived in succeeding decades, many USRA “Mikes” outlasted later, more modern steam engines because they were relatively simple and durable.
This Mikado comes with a quillable smoking whistle!
- Die-Cast Boiler and Tender Body
- 1:48 Scale Proportions
- Die-Cast Metal Chassis
- Authentic Paint Scheme
- Metal Wheels and Axles
- Constant Voltage Headlight
- Die-Cast Truck Sides
- Precision Flywheel Equipped Motor
- Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers
- Engineer and Fireman Figures
- Operating Firebox Glow
- Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
- Decorative Metal Whistle
- Operating Marker Lights
- Lighted Cab Interior
- Operating Tender Back-up Light
- Locomotive Speed Control
- Proto-Scale 3-2T 3-Rail/2-Rail Conversion Capable
- Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System
- Wireless Drawbar
- Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
- Unit Measures:21″ x 2 5/8″ x 3 11/16″
- Operates On O-42 Curves