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The DM&IR Yellowstone was one of the largest and most powerful locomotives ever constructed, rivaling the more famous Union Pacific Big Boy in those regards. In 1999, MTH brought out a scale model that is awesome to behold, measuring 32" in length, and weighing over 20 pounds. As you can see in the pictures above, the detailing is exquisite. In the background is the MTH Seaboard Coast Line E-8 A-B-A set. Above those, you can just make out the top of the postwar 456 coal ramp (dark gray), with the operating N&W hopper car in position to dump coal. Some of the other accessories are also visible, The prototype Yellowstone was often seen pulling a train of 180 filled ore cars more than a mile long from the Missage range to Lake Superior, where the ore was loaded on ships. The photos below are of the prototype.
Not all of the 2-8-8-4 articulateds were "Yellowstones." Pictured below is one of the class EM-1's of the Baltimore & Ohio.
In early 2001, Lionel released an absolutely exquisite full 1:48 scale model of the EM-1. Some photographs of this gorgeous model are shown below.
The name Yellowstone actually came from the models rostered by the Northern Pacific. Here are a few photos of the prototype.
Just before Christmas of 2003, MTH once again released the Yellowstone model, this time painted for Northern Pacific as well as DM&IR. Details has been enhanced and it now comes with the incredible PS2 sound and control system. Here are some photos:
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