The Freight Hauler

In the middle of 2007, MTH brought out a Premier model of the Pennsylvania RailRoad's class L1s Mikado, a 2-8-2 freight hauler that was one of the most reliable locomotives on the railroad.  Built between 1914 and 1919, the Pennsylvania Railroad's fleet of L1s Mikados hauled freight through two world wars and served until the end of steam in 1957. Designed by the railroad's own mechanical engineers, the Mikados replaced 2-8-0 Consolidations as Pennsy's main line freight power.  In total, there were 574 Mikados built and they shared the same boiler and many other parts with the Pennsy's K4s Pacific-type passenger engines.  As you can see in this True HD 1080p video, this model of the Mikado is superbly detailed, has great sound, and can really haul a freight train.  You'll note the absence of the large tether between the locomotive and the tender; this model is equipped with the wireless drawbar.  I've matched it with a nice string of Pennsy freight cars.

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