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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

MTH HO Scale 4-8-4 GS-6 Locomotive - Western Pacific

MTH 80-3120-1 Western Pacific 4-8-4 GS-6 Steam Locomotive w/PS3

Product Description

Here is a MTH 80-3120-1 Western Pacific (#483) 4-8-4 GS-6 Steam Engine with Proto-Sound 3.0.

80-3120-1 Western Pacific MTH HO Original MSRP $449.95 2008 HO Volume 2 Catalog (de)
4-8-4 GS-6 Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0 - Western Pacific
Cab No. 483

Product Details

The GS-6 is a semi-streamlined 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive that served the Southern Pacific Railroad from 1943 to 1958 and the Western Pacific Railroad from 1943 to 1953. They were built during World War II for the Southern Pacific Railroad by the Lima Locomotive Works and were numbered 4460 through 4469 for Southern Pacific and 481 through 486 for Western Pacific. GS stands for "Golden State" or "General Service."

In 1943 when the Southern Pacific Railroad placed an order for fourteen new "Daylight" locomotives from Lima, it was World War II and the US government had taken over all locomotive manufacturers. SP's order was turned down, with the government declaring that streamlined passenger engines were not necessary and would not help in moving wartime traffic. Southern Pacific re-designed the engines for general service and it was finally approved, but the government took four of them and gave them to the smaller and power-starved Western Pacific Railroad.

The GS-6 had an appearance similar to the GS-2: They featured a silver smokebox with a cone-shaped single headlight casing and 73 inch drivers. Like all GS engines they had teardrop classification lights, an air horn, and whistles. They retained the skyline casing on the top of the boiler, but they did not retain the side skirting of previous GS locomotives. Southern Pacific's GS-6s also lacked the orange and red "Daylight" paint scheme that the previous GS engines so famously wore. Western Pacific's GS-6s received "elephant ears" similar to that of the Union Pacific Railroad's 4-8-4 locomotives. Like the GS-5, they were also equipped with roller bearings, giving the GS-6 a smoother ride and extra weight, and they also featured all-weather, fully-enclosed cabs.

They were primarily used by the Southern Pacific for the San Joaquin Daylight, as well as San Jose-San Francisco commute trains and freight service.

The Western Pacific used its GS-6s (GS-64s as WP classified them) on various passenger trains and in freight service as well. They acquired a different look from their SP sisters when the WP applied the "elephant ear" style smoke deflectors to all six locomotives. When the Western Pacific dieselized in 1953, they sold several of the GS-64 engines to Southern Pacific to be used as sources for spare parts, but kept three tenders and converted them to steam generators for rotary snowplows.

Product Features

Die-Cast Boiler and Tender Body
Die-Cast Metal Chassis
Authentic Paint Scheme & Cab Numbers
RP-25 Metal Wheels Mounted On Metal Axles
Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage Headlight
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Detailed Truck Sides
Detailed Cab Interior
Opening Cab Roof Hatch
Powerful 5-Pole Precision Flywheel Equipped Motor
(2) Scale Kadee Compatible Couplers
Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
Decorative Metal Whistle
Sprung Drive Wheels
Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke® System
Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
Detailed Tender Undercarriage
Interchangeable Traction Tire-Equipped Drive Wheels
On-Board DCC Receiver
Operates On Code 70, 83, & 100 Rail Curves
Wireless Drawbar
Engineer and Fireman Figures
Operating Marker Lights*
Lighted Number Boards
Operating Tender Back-up Light
Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Passenger Station Proto-Effects
Unit Measures:
Operates On 22" Radius Curves
DCS Sound Features
Independent Whistle & Bell Volume Control
Quillable Whistle Effects
Passenger Station Sound Effects
Labor/Drift Chuffing Sound Control
9 Independent Volume Control Settings
16 Adjustable Chuff Rate Settings
3 Adjustable Smoke Intensity Settings
Adjustable Brake Sound Effects
Adjustable Wheel "Clickity-Clack" Sounds
15 Programmable Custom Sounds
Sound Mute
Whistle/Horn on/off
Bell On/Off
Engine Sound Volume
Forward Signal Sound
Reverse Signal Sound
Coupler Slack Sound
Crossing Signal w/City Horn
Extended Start Up
Extended Shut Down
Labor Chuff
Drift Chuff
Single short whistle toot
Coupler Close
4 Idle Sequence Sound Effects
Brakes auto/off
Cab Chatter auto/off
Clickety-Clack auto/off
Train Wreck
DCS Locomotive Features
120 Adjustable Maximum Engine Speed Settings
Downloadable Locomotive Sounds Sets
Independent Locomotive Chronometer
Independent Locomotive Odometer
Independent Locomotive Trip Odometer
Headlight on/off
Cab Light on/off
Smoke on/off
Variable Smoke Output Settings
Feature Reset
Boost/Brake Functions
Maximum Speed Control Governor Setting
Acceleration/Deceleration Settings
Labor/Drift Smoke Output Settings

Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won't have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.

When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:
(F0) Headlight on/off
(F1) Bell on/off
(F2) Whistle/Horn on/off
(F3) Start-up/Shut-down
(F4) PFA initiate and advance
(F5) Cab Light on/off
(F6) Engine Sounds on/off
(F7) Volume low, med, high, off
(F8) Smoke on/off
(F9) Forward Signal Sound
(F10) Reverse Signal Sound
(F11) Coupler Slack Sound
(F12) Crossing Signal w/City Horn
(F13) Extended Start Up
(F14) Extended Shut Down
(F15) Labor Chuff
(F16) Drift Chuff
(F17) Smoke Volume low, med, high
(F18) Single short whistle toot
(F19) Coupler Close
(F20) Feature Reset
(F21) Idle Sequence 1
(F22) Idle Sequence 2
(F23) Idle Sequence 3
(F24) Idle Sequence 4
(F25) Brakes auto/off
(F26) Cab Chatter auto/off
(F27) Clickety-Clack auto/off
(F28) Train Wreck

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