Broadway Limited has a new brass loco for sale for $450.00. This seems a snip for what looks like a finely detailed loco with sound. Details below
NYC L-4 Mohawk HYBRID
Broadway Limited Imports is proud to announce the brass-hybrid New York Central Mohawk 4-8-2 steam locomotive with sound in HO scale. The model is accurately detailed and most importantly, priced affordably. The Mohawk is designed and produced for operators who are interested in accurate models that run smoothly and reliably. Here are some of the features offered with this model.
Brass Locomotive and tender with accurate detail
Premium caliber painting
Out-of-the-box operation for DC and DCC (with system auto-sensing)
5-pole can motor with skew wound armature and fly wheel
Powerful High Fidelity DC/DCC Sound equipped with authentic NYC Mohawk sounds
Nickel Silver rods and valve gear
Full cab detail
Prototypical light operation
Scale operating Kadee couplers
Golden white LED
Steam engines with the 4-8-2 wheel arrangement are usually called "Mountains." But NYC called theirs Mohawks named after the Mohawk River, as they found "Mountain" inappropriate for their flat route. NYC had four different classes of Mohawks named L-1 through L-4. The L-3 and L-4 classes were used both for freight and passenger services. A total of fifty L-4 Mohawks were produced by Lima Locomotive Works in 1943. They had huge tender coal space supported by two 6-wheel trucks. Many L-4 locomotives were equipped with smoke deflectors in their later years. The New York Central became the largest user of this wheel arrangement with 600 locomotives of this type as this type is best suited in many ways for high speed operation on flatland than slow mountain slogging, with its 4-wheel leading trucks for stability at speed. Building the most accurate and best running Mohawk is the goal of this project for our deserving customers.
TBD. Currently 22".
Delivery is scheduled for Early 2009.
At this price this seems like an absolute bargain given the Big Boy was around $2,000. Am I missing something?