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Item#: 6-38071

Product Description
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.

FEATURES: 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 Traction tires 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 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS Rail Line: Southern Pacific Road Number: 4294 Gauge: Standard O Scale Brand: Lionel Min Curve: O-72 Dimensions: Length: 32 1/2" Most Recent Catalog: Classic Trains Vol. 1 2005