November 25, 2009 - M.T.H.'s RailKing R142 Subway set will be arriving at M.T.H. Authorized Retailer locations in January. Check out Taylor's latest Product Update VIDEO to see photos and video of the pre-production version.
Delivered between 1999 and 2003, the stainless steel R142As are among the newest cars on New York City's century-old municipal rails. With the delivery of the final R142s, NYC transit retired the last of its non-stainless cars, including the famous Redbirds.
Designed to travel primarily in 5-car semi-permanently coupled sets, the R142As were assembled in Kobe, Japan and Yonkers, NY by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Each set is powered by four 150-hp truck-mounted motors on each end cab car, and two motors on each cabless intermediate car; top speed is about 60 mph.
The RailKing R142A cars feature transit stop simulation available only from M.T.H. Designed specifically for our municipal transit cars, the unique Proto-Sound® 2.0 transit program features Station Stop Proto-Effects, allowing you to program the train to stop automatically at designated station stops, even in Conventional Mode.
When configured to run on automatic, the R142A stops itself at locations you define and calls out station names that you select in advance; the train essentially runs itself. And when you program the R142A for an out-and-back route, it reverses itself when it reaches the end of the line and heads back downtown - stopping along the way at each station to broadcast the name of the stop and the hustle and bustle of passengers coming and going.
The RailKing R142 is completely ready-to-run right out of the box. The 5 car set can negotiate O-31 curves and an additional 2 car set can be purchased to create an impressive 7 car consist that will look great on any O gauge model railroad.