Here you go, the long awaited Lionel H-7 photos are up!
Packaging is first rate. A nice large label on the outer box.
This always makes me happy-a brand new engine is delivered in a damaged box!
Not to mention someone writing on it. At least I won't forget what is in the box! I don't care about the box too much, just the idea
However, the engine doesn't appear to be damaged after a thorough inspection.
Here are the tender pictures, it is an excellent piece!
The coal load is fantastic, extremely well done. As a matter of fact, I thought it was a separate, loose, coal load until touching it!
The 6 wheel trucks are well done also. Beautiful castings.
For those of you wondering, there is a huge speaker in it (sorry, little out of focus).
Engine photos follow.
The separately applied details are very well done, in my opinion. Adds greatly to the visual attraction of this engine. Here you can see the piping, number boards, marker lights, builder's plate, and other items.
Brake hoses, 'scale' coupler and bell decorate the front of this engine. And, no the door doesn't open, I tried
Below, notice how the piping changes color slightly. These are "bungee" like cords. They literally stretch and move with the front set of drivers.
Also, you can barely see the brake shoes.
Overhead view. Note all the different details here-valves, piping, and whistles.
If there is one thing I wish this engine had, it would be whistle smoke. It would've looked good with a smoking whistle located far from the smoke stack. Sure Lionel had a reason for this. Not griping, it is a beautiful locomotive.
Cab area and details below.
The cab includes gauges, valves, cab curtains, and a folding walk way between the engine and tender.
Below you can see more nice details.
The cab ventilation hatches slide to the rear of the engine. They are independent of each other. Nice touch.
Last overview shot:
Final thoughts on the Lionel Legacy Union Pacific H-7:
The fit and finish of this engine is excellent and well executed. I didn't find any paint errors on either the locomotive or the tender. The lettering is applied nice and crisp. Details are fantastic and well done. It is a nice mix of details without being so fragile you are afraid to touch it. I like that.
It is a 'heavy weight'! Engine and tender weigh in at over 12 pounds on my digital scale. Be very careful while handling it, small details abound.
I have no insights into operation. I don't have a layout and still waiting on the Legacy 990. If you want to see the product video, Lionel has it posted on youtube. I will say this, if it runs as nice as it looks, we are in for a treat! After watching Lionel's product video, it sounds/smokes great. And, the 'intensity chuffing' effect is incredible!
My H-7 will be pulling 45 period correct, scale, coal hoppers when the layout is built. I plan on it being a layout 'star'. It'll look great pulling long trains.
After purchasing several Big Boys and Challengers, the H-7 is a fresh face in the commonly produced large articulated steamers. Its 2-8-8-2 wheel arrangement, tender with 6 wheel trucks and unique shape adds to the appeal of this large steamer. It would be hard to go wrong with this engine. And, I haven't ran it yet!
Hope you enjoy the photos and I highly recommend it-based on appearance alone!