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Thursday, December 10, 2009

MTH HO Scale GS-4 4-8-4 Locomotive - Southern Pacific

MTH HO Scale Ready To Run 4-8-4 GS-4 Locomotive w/PS3 - Southern Pacific -Daylight - #4453

Product Description

This is an MTH 80-3114-1 Southern Pacific (#4453) 4-8-4 GS-4 Steam Locomotive Small Lettering with Proto-Sound 3.0. Features include 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, Operating MARS Light, 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, and it Operates On Code 70, 83, & 100 Rail Curves. Also features a 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, it Measures: 15 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/2", and Operates On 22" Radius Curves.DCS Sound Features include 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, Start-up/Shut-down, 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, and Train Wreck. DCS Locomotive Feature

The GS-4 was a streamlined 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive that served the Southern Pacific Railroad from 1941 to 1958. They were built by the Lima Locomotive Works and were numbered 4430 through 4457. GS stands for "Golden State" or "General Service."

The GS-4 had a slightly different appearance than that of the GS-3, most drastically the dual-headlight casing (top headlight was a mars light) on the silver smokebox. Another change in appearance was the cab, which was changed to a fully-enclosed, all-weather cab, a feature not commonly found on steam engines. It retaned the skyline casing on the top of the boiler, skirting on the sides, an air horn, teardrop classification lights, and whistles. They received the orange and red "Daylight" paint scheme.

The GS-4s were designed for high-speed passenger service and were used on Southern Pacific's premier passenger trains, the Coast Daylight, San Joaquin Daylight, Lark, Cascade, Golden State and Sunset Limited, as well as many other Southern Pacific name trains. During wartime and also in the first years after the war some of the GS-4 locomotives were painted entirely black, and it wasn't until 1948 that all engines were painted into Daylight colors again. Starting in March 1950, they were gradually painted black again and also had their side skirtings removed for easier maintenance, and were re-assigned to the San Jose-San Francisco commute trains, freight service and the occasional San Joaquin Daylight (the GS-4 locomotives remained on that train as late as 1956 which made the San Joaquin Daylight the last streamliner train to be pulled by steam on the Southern Pacific) until new diesels arrived and they were retired. The last GS-4 engines were deskirted and painted into black in 1956, and after the last GS-4 pulled a passenger train in 1957, the GS-4s spent the last year of operation in front of freight trains along the coast and valley routes and finally were retired in 1958. GS-4 number 4443 pulled one of the final movements of steam on the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1957.

Other HO Scale MTH Locomotives: MTH HO Scale 2-10-0 Russian Decapod Locomotive - Santa Fe / MTH HO Scale 4-8-4 GS-6 Locomotive - Western Pacific

Other HO Scale GS-4 4-8-4 Locomotives: Bachmann HO Scale 4-8-4 GS-4 Locomotive - American Freedom Train #4449 / Bachmann HO Scale 4-8-4 GS-4 Locomotive - Southern Pacific (War Baby)

Other HO Scale 4-8-4 Northern Locomotives: Bachmann HO Scale 4-8-4 J Class Northern Locomotive - Norfolk & Western / Athearn HO Scale 4-8-4 Nothern "800" Locomotive - Union Pacific / Bachmann 4-8-4 Northern Locomotive - HO Scale - Santa Fe

Other HO Scale Southern Pacific Items: Athearn HO Scale C44-9W Locomotive - Southern Pacific / Athearn HO Scale GP40-2 Locomotive - Southern Pacific / Athearn HO Scale Bay Window Caboose - Southern Pacific

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