The Southern Pacific Railway included rugged routes through the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges that challenged the most powerful locomotives with 2.5% grades and many miles enclosed by tunnels or snow sheds. Although the latter kept the line clear of heavy snow, the tight spaces deflected the noxious stack exhaust down along the boiler into the cab, nearly asphyxiating train crews. In 1908, enterprising Southern Pacific designers solved the problem by simply turning the locomotive around so that the stack and its choking fumes were behind the cab. Preceded by several classes of smaller cab forward locomotives, the modern articulated consolidation or AC class debuted in 1928. Culminating in the AC-12 class of 1944, eventually 195 of the giant 4-8-8-2's ran on the Southern Pacific. With 124,300 pounds of tractive effort and a top speed of 75 miles per hour, the AC-12 proved its worth hauling both freight and passenger consists. On level ground, they could single-handedly pull 100 cars. Despite such service, the diesel age loomed on the horizon in the 1950s, signaling the end of Espee steam power. The AC-12's were retired after barely a decade of service.
Cab forward #4294 proved not only the last AC-12, but the last new steam locomotive ever purchased by the Southern Pacific. Thankfully, this famous locomotive was preserved for posterity. It remains on display at the California State Railroad Museum and is also designated a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.
Fully featured with TMCC and the Odyssey System for speed control, this new scale-sized Lionel model marks the first time that this historic locomotive has ever been portrayed in die-cast metal O gauge. Accurate detailing includes many separately applied metal parts from sand lines to prototypical builder's plates. The unsurpassed RailSounds 5.0 sound system brings the AC-12 to life with effects that even include the unique air horn.
Add the new Pacific Fruit Express 3-Packs and create a classic Espee "reefer block" running through Donner Pass.
TrainMaster Command Control equipped—able to run in Command Control Mode or in Conventional Transformer Control Mode
Odyssey System for speed control with ON/OFF switch
RailSounds 5.0 sound system with custom recorded effects including:
Multi-part CrewTalk dialog and TowerCom announcements to create realistic operating scenarios from pulling out of the yard to initiating an emergency stop
Realistic operator-controlled effects, including the water injector and air horn, activated by the CAB-1 Remote Controller
DynaChuff synchronized chuffing that shifts through 15 levels of intensity as the locomotive gains speed
Simulate the locomotive running light or battling against a heavy load by manually adjusting the DynaChuff intensity level with CAB-1 commands
MultiWhistle effect simulates blows at different steam pressures, long and short attacks, and even extra quilling with each press of the whistle button
Independently adjustable volume control—use your CAB-1 Remote Controller to lower the level of background effects such as chuffing while keeping operator-controlled effects such as the whistle at full volume
Many operator-controlled effects including CrewTalk dialog and TowerCom announcements are accessible using only a conventional transformer
Dual FatBoy speakers for the ultimate in sound reproduction
High-torque Pittman® motor with momentum flywheel
Wireless Tether connection between locomotive and tender
Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light
Illuminated classification and marker lights
Illuminated number boards
Die-cast metal locomotive body, frame and trucks
Scale front coupler with interchangeable O gauge coupler for double-heading
ElectroCoupler on rear of tender
Synchronized fan-driven smoke unit
Separately applied metal details
Accurate separately applied builder's plates
Opening cab roof hatches
Opening cab doors
Illuminated cab interior
Cab window glass
Engineer and fireman figures
Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
Individually opening tender water hatches reveal easy-to-access RailSounds controls
Cab Forward - 4/05
Rail Line: Southern Pacific
Road Number: 4294
Gauge: Standard O Scale
Min Curve: O-72
Dimensions: Length: 32 1/2"
Most Recent Catalog: Classic Trains Vol. 1 2005