August 22, 2012 - M.T.H.'s RailKing Imperial Series O Gauge Santa Fe Northern steam locomotive will begin shipping to M.T.H. Authorized Retailers in early October. Check out the locomotive's details in the photos below or click on the video icon to the left to see it in action.
The heaviest straight passenger locomotive ever produced, the famous Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northerns epitomized steam power. The steep graded western lines of the Santa Fe required a locomotive with enormous power and the Northern was the answer.
The first Northerns were delivered from Baldwin in 1927. By the 1940s, the new oil-burning 2900 series had arrived and were known as the largest 4-8-4s ever built. With their tremendous sixteen wheel tenders, these Northerns measured over 120 feet long and were often rostered for the entire journey from Chicago to Los Angeles, a distance of over 1,700 miles!
Appearing for the first time in the RailKing Imperial Series with Proto-Sound 3.0, this artful recreation is packed full of features not found from any other manufacturer at this price level. With its synchronized puffing smoke, full digital sound, wireless drawbar, bright LED lighting and operating marker lights, these DCC/DCS Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives are certain to make a realistic addition to any O gauge model railroad.