September 17, 2008 - On perhaps the greatest railroad ever, no steam locomotive was more revered than the legendary Pennsylvania K-4s Pacific. Evolving from a program begun in 1914 to develop heavy freight and passenger classes utilizing common boiler designs, the K-4s was an instant success. From 1917 to 1928, a total of 425 units were built at the Juniata and Baldwin Shops.
The 4-6-2 K-4s became the Pennsylvania's principal passenger hauler, possessing a consummate blend of speed and power. Often double headed on east coast limiteds in front of a Pullman consist, the K-4s was a common and beautiful sight on the Pennsylvania's rails, and became synonymous with that railroad's steam power.
Later, after World War II concluded, the Pennsy's needs changed and the K-4's appearance underwent a series of changes to better serve those needs. The most apparent changes showed up on the 1947 Postwar or Modern version of the K-4 and included a solid drop-coupler pilot, repositioned boiler front headlight and the addition of a steam generator below the headlight.
M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing the Prewar 1927 version of this magnificent steam locomotive for the first time in our Imperial Line this fall. Featuring all of the craftsmanship and detail that make an M.T.H. steam locomotive the industry's best value, RailKing Imperial locomotives are our top-of-the-line RailKing steamers and include features like real coals and illuminated marker lamps.
The pre-war 1927 scheme includes intricate deco features and a drive train that ensures this K-4s will find a home on your layout or in your collection for years to come.