A 19th Century Consolidation

The 2-8-0 Consolidation wheel arrangement for steam locomotives was one of the most widely used and copied variants of steam motive power because its attributes made it an excellent choice for mainline, branch, freight and even passenger work. First appearing on the Lehigh Valley in 1866, 2-8-0s continued in service well into the 1950s with the Pennsylvania the leading user of all railroads.  The Pennsy created seven classes of Consolidations with the earliest being the 1885 H3. These 50 inch driver locomotives were the first Pennsylvania steam locomotives to utilize the road's trademark Belpaire firebox.  Hundreds were built over a ten year span and were utilized in all levels of service before being replaced with the more common fat boilers of Pennsy's H4 thru H10 series of consolidations.  The last H3, #1187, was discovered in a stone quarry and reclaimed for restoration by the Pennsylvania.  It was displayed at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair and now resides in the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum.  In 2005, MTH brought out an exquisite Premier line model of #1187.  As you can see in this True HD 1080p video, especially if you pause it, the level of detailing on the locomotive is incredible and, as you can see and hear, it sounds great and runs very, very well.

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