Over the years, I have become somewhat frustrated, as a fan of MTH's products, that their smoking whistle first profiled in OGR in the January 2009 issue has been rolled out fairly slowly. The first O scale engine to have the whistle was the 2016 (I believe) Premier Big Boy; in 2017/2018, the whistle was offered in the Challenger. Meanwhile, since Lionel's smoking whistle premiered in 2010 on the Vision CC2 and 2-10-10-2, Lionel has continually expanded the range of models with smoking...
While the MTH Premier Big Boy does have the smoking whistle, it's somewhat of a PITA to use it. What possessed MTH to make it only work when you go through the rain-dance of using the quillable whistle escapes me! Why not just tie it directly to the whistle like Lionel does? On an MTH, I only get the smoking whistle with a bunch of keystrokes.
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