C&O Greenbrier

Way back in 2000, MTH brought out a Premier-line model of the C&O Greenbrier, a fast 4-8-4 steam locomotive that was called a Northern on many other railroads.  At the time, it came out with the original Protosound system that gave it some pretty good (for the time) sounds and smoke to go along with great operation.  I later converted it to the Protosound 2 system (PS2) to give it even better sound and allow remote control using the MTH DCS remote contol system.  In this True HD 1080p video, you can see the model under full DCS control hauling its matching passenger train.  During the slow-speed runby, if you pause the video, you can see all of the detail on the locomotive and cars.  The prototype came out in the 1930s, ready to assume passenger service duties.  Featuring a cleaner, more streamlined appearance than the F-19 Pacific it replaced, the Greenbrier utilized a USRA-designed cab that both Alco and Lima had employed for freight power.  Each engine was decorated in white trim and gold lettering and featured the name of a distinguished Virginia statesman on each side of the sand box. The engine quickly established itself as a famous and significant name along the C&O right-of-way as it whisked famous and aristocratic passengers to the C&O's own resort hotel of the same name in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  This super-powered locomotive easily hauled long passenger trains through the mountains.  In the late '80s and early 90's, the prototype 614 hauled excursion trains from Hoboken NJ to Port Jervis NY, and I'm happy to say that I had the pleasure of riding on those excursions twice.  You can see video from one of those excursions on the Multimedia page on my web site.

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