The NS OCS engines are going to get me. I've been waiting for these for some time.
"Just when I think I'm out, they bring me right back in!"
I hope the catalog picture is wrong, the HEP exhaust doesn't look right.
They should have used the current three numbers instead of four to differentiate these from the MTH offerings (or at least given people the choice). Surprised they made these anyway since MTH has made 2 or 3 offerings in PS2 and PS3. NS hardly uses them now except for large executive trips like Augusta.
So I guess the executive inspection from Chicago to Harrisburg 2 weeks ago, or the Norfolk to Cincinnati prior to that don’t count?
With the current atmosphere at NS, if it’s not useful it’s gone. The OCS is still used extensively.
As for the numbers, the f units were only recently renumbered in the past few months. I’d rather see them in the 4270 series as they were intended - Wick choose those numbers as continuation of the Southern Railways numbering for their F Units. The current 3 number assigned is pointless.
As for differences - the Lionel will have legacy and railsounds versus the DCS and Proto sounds of the prior MTH releases, and the new Lionel version will have a closer versions of the NS generator and dining cars.