Broadway Limited Imports HO Scale: E6 4-4-2 Atlantic, Prewar - DCC & Sound - Pennsylvania Railroad 'Lindberg Special'
This Class E6 4-4-2 Atlantic from Broadway Limited is based on fast passenger engines built in the Pennsy's shops. The PRR E6s was not the most numerous 4-4-2 "Atlantic" built by the railroad, but it was the final and most successful Atlantic on the PRR. The E6 was first designed in 1910, and in extensive testing, the E6 prototype consistently outperformed the K2. In 1912, the prototype was super-heated and also had her cylinders enlarged to 23". The locomotive became the E6s, and the PRR built 80 E6s locomotives in 1914. Most of the engines were assigned to New York - Philadelphia - Washington passenger service. They were excellent locomotives, with several lasting until the end of steam on the PRR.
The most famous of the Pennsy's Atlantics was #460. She was the last one constructed, but more importantly #460 became known as the "Lindbergh Special" after racing an airplane! On June 11, 1927, the film of Charles Lindbergh's return to the US was rushed from Washington to New York City for media showings. The #460 was selected to carry the film by locomotive, and she pulled two cars behind her in which films of the Lone Eagle were being developed en route to NYC. #460 made the 216 mile trip in 175 minutes, at one time hitting 115 mph. Arriving with the film already developed, the locomotive won the race with the plane hands-down, and the PRR received considerable deserved publicity and acclaim. The HO Scale E6s comes detailed for pre-war and post-war versions of the E6s as appropriate. The pre-war version is a model of #460 as she appeared in 1927. The pre-war models have a standard round headlight, clawfoot markers on the pilot and on the smokebox, a superheater damper on the smokebox, and will pull the 70P66 tender. The post-war models have the same standard round headlight, clawfoot markers on the pilot but not on the smokebox, a whistle shield on the firebox, a wind deflector at the rear of the cab roof, and no superheater damper on the smokebox. They will also pull the 70P66 tender. All of the models have die cast boilers and tender bodies, Paragon4 Sound/DC/DCC sound system with synchronized puffing smoke and integral GoPack capacitors. This detailed model features full Paragon4 sound and DCC for realistic sound and motor control complete with back EMF for smooth slow speeds. The Paragon4 sound system works with all Broadway Limited Rolling Thunder(TM) advanced sound systems. Other features include a heavy die cast body and chassis; smooth-running drive, applied details; directional warm white LED lighting and magnetic knuckle couplers. The HO Scale Class E6 4-4-2 can be operated on all DCC systems as well as on standard DC railroads (with limited sound functionality). This model has wheels profiled to operate on Code 70 and larger rail and curves of 18" radius or larger are recommended. The detailed steam locomotive comes in multiple roadnumbers.