Blackstone Models was created in 2004 as a division of SoundTraxx, a foremost manufacturer of sound systems for model trains. Using die-cast construction in place of brass their locomotives are available in the $250-$350 range. The image shows an engineering pilot model with a partial paint job. This version is a post-wreck version of the original displaying actual repairs rom salvaged pieces!
The K-27 is optionally available with a SoundTraxx™ Tsunami™ Digital Sound Decoder. The Tsunami-equipped Blackstone K-27 will operate on both DC and DCC controlled layouts. At a price of $330-$340 for a sound equipped model it's less than a third of similiar brass imports!