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Uncataloged Premier O Scale USRA Pacific Steam Locomotives Announced

July 24, 2021 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced four exclusive Premier O Scale USRA 4-6-2 Pacific Steam Locomotive roadnames for M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Berwyn's Toys & Trains in Berwyn, Illinois.

Each paint scheme is available in very limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis. Anticipated delivery is October 2021

Item No. 20-3827-1 Burlington Route 4-6-2 USRA Heavy Pacific Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 2952
Pre-Order Price: $1,250.00 (plus freight)

Item No. 20-3828-1 Rock Island 4-6-2 USRA Heavy Pacific Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 886
Pre-Order Price: $1,250.00 (plus freight)

Item No. 20-3829-1 Chicago North Western 4-6-2 USRA Heavy Pacific Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 597
Pre-Order Price: $1,250.00 (plus freight)

Item No. 20-3830-1 Milwaukee Road 4-6-2 USRA Heavy Pacific Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 838
Pre-Order Price: $1,250.00 (plus freight)

ABOUT THE PREMIER O SCALE USRA PACIFIC

During World War I, Uncle Sam nationalized the railroads when they proved unequal to the task of moving massive amounts of men and materiel for the war effort. The agency that ran the trains was the United States Railroad Administration or USRA, and one of its chief accomplishments was the creation of 12 steam engine designs that lasted for decades. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USRA locomotives were "the first successful standardization of American motive power" — and the only standard designs until the diesel era.

In the World War I period, the 4-6-2 Pacific was the favored mainline passenger engine in relatively level territory, so the USRA designs included light and heavy 4-6-2s. The heavy version, designed for trackage that allowed a heavier axle load, was similar in most major dimensions to the existing Pennsylvania K4s and Chesapeake & Ohio F-17 Pacifics. Both had been designed around 1913 and were considered powerful and fast locomotives for their time.

Only 20 government-issue heavy Pacifics were actually built, all of them going to the Erie Railroad. But like most USRA designs, the heavy Pacific was so good that a number of railroads ordered copies after government control ended. The Erie bought 11 more, and at least three of the most successful heavy Pacifics built in the 1920s were based on the USRA design: the Baltimore & Ohio P-7d "President" class, the C&O F-19, and the Southern Railway Ps-4. A survivor of the latter class resides today in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., resplendent in the Southern’s famous green livery with gold striping.

ORDER DIRECTLY VIA EMAIL OR PHONE FROM:

Berwyn's Toys & Trains
7025 Ogden Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
708.484.4384

www.berwynstoytrains.dmrvirtual.com
berwynstrains@gmail.com

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