October 6, 2008 - M.T.H. Electric Trains is pleased to announce that the release of their fourth 2008 HO catalog featuring an all-new HO die-cast steam locomotive and an expansion to the earlier announced SD70ACe roster.
The new steam locomotive will be a USRA Mikado. Faithfully recreated in all-metal die-cast construction, the locomotive will be initially produced in two varieties in four different paint schemes, each offered in three cab numbers.
In addition to the Mikado, M.T.H. will be exanding on its first diesel locomotive (first announced in our 2008 Volume 3 catalog); the EMD SD70ACe. A slew of new roadnames have been added and a variation of the ACe has been created in the form of the SD70M-2. If you're looking for modern motive power that's accurately detailed, smooth running, and a great deal of fun to operate, it doesn't get any better than this. The SD70ACe and SD70M-2 models are constructed from 60 different molds that can be configured to produce 15 different locomotive variations, ensuring that each of the railroads we build will be accurate in appearance, just like their real-life counterparts.
M.T.H.ﾒs HO locomotives feature the firmﾒs most sophisticated version of its highly acclaimed Proto-Sound digital sound and command control onboard electronics. The Proto-Sound 3.0 system found in M.T.H.ﾒs HO locomotives includes features not found in other firm's sound systems and include a command control receiver that can operate with M.T.H.ﾒs DCS Digital Command System or any manufacturerﾒs DCC system.
The SD70ACe will feature an all-new Proto-Sound 3.0 feature never before found in HO products; remotely controlled couplers that do NOT require an operating track section. Long a staple on our O and One Gauge models, the HO scale Proto-Coupler features a scale knuckle that can couple with popular scale couplers including Kadee and McHenry models, yet can be triggered to automatically open anywhere on the layout using M.T.H.'s DCS system or any DCC controller. When fired open, the Proto-Sound 3.0 system plays a clunking sound effect to simulate the sound of the knuckle opening, followed by air release sounds of the brake lines breaking apart.
Unlike other HO sound-equipped locomotives currently on the market, M.T.H.ﾒs steam locomotives include synchronized puffing smoke timed to drive wheel revolutions for an incredibly realistic operating experience. First appearing in M.T.H.ﾒs O Gauge locomotives in 2000, each M.T.H. HO steam locomotive features a prototypically correct four chuffs/puffs per each drive wheel revolution.
Digital steam engine sound features including whistle, bell, chuffing, squeaking brakes, authentic Doppler, passenger station announcements, air let-off, air pump, blow down, pop-off, injector and dozens more are included in each engine ﾖ a variety unmatched in HO today. In addition, every engine features 120 speed steps, each in scale one-mile-per-hour increments for a true prototypical operating experience.
M.T.H.'s steam and diesel locomotives are completely compatible with most 16 volt or higher analog DC power supplies. Under analog operation, the user retains direction control, synchronized puffing smoke and digital chuffing (synchronized to driver revolution and smoke puffing) on steam engines, diesel engine roar and squeaking brakes and speed control on both diesel and steam models.
When operated in command mode using M.T.H.ﾒs DCS Digital Command System (DCS), operators will have access to hundreds of features and sounds, including crossing signals, a user controlled ﾓquillableﾔ steam whistle or diesel horn that simulates an engineerﾒs differing pressure on the whistle pull cord for seamless whistle or horn pitches.
The steam engine's die-cast metal boiler and tender house the electronics and a precision five-pole flywheel-equipped motor. Intricately detailed, the boiler and tender shells feature additional detail elements ensuring an accurate reproduction of the L3a, L3b and L3c models as well as the L4a and L4b versions. Additional features include sprung drivers, (2) Kadeeﾮ compatible couplers, prototypical Rule 21 lighting, interchangeable RP25 drivers with traction tires for added pulling strength, detailed cab interior, detailed tender undercarriage and even a tender to boiler deck plate.
The diesel engine is constructed from ABS plastic and features a host of add-on details sure to please the most particular of modern diesel lovers. The body rides atop a detailed chassis designed to pull long consists and includes cab interior detail, operating ditch lights and cab figures.
Anticipated delivery for the Mikados is slated for December 2008 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $449.95 The SD70ACe/SD70M-2 will be arriving in Spring 2009 and each carries a manufacturered suggested retail price of $249.95. Both locomotives will be distributed through the M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Network.
More information on the Mikado and SD70ACe/SD70M-2 models can be found by visiting our MODELS Page. Visitors can also download a PDF version of the entire 2008 HO No. 4 Catalog by CLICKING HERE.