January 5, 2015 - M.T.H.'s RailKing Imperial Line O Scale USRA 0-8-0 steam locomotives is now in stock at your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer. Check out the locomotive's details by clicking the video icon below to see it in action.
Switch engines are an essential, specialized piece of railroad equipment that look quite different from their kin that work the mainline. Because of the nature of their work, moving cars around railroad yards, switch engines spent much of their time waiting for their assignments, so steam switchers needed smaller fireboxes, boilers, and tanks than road steamers. Thanks to the two extra drivers, the 0-8-0 switcher was able to do much heavier work than its smaller 0-6-0 counterpart, so it generally took over switching duties in large yards.
The RailKing 0-8-0 is perfect for working the yard of any twentieth century steam-era layout. This sturdy all die-cast model comes in the markings of four exciting roadnames.