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The Southen Pacific Daylight was pulled by a number of semi-streamlined locomotives, among them the class GS-4 Northern type (4-8-4). This MTH scale model was released during early 1999, and is very true to the prototype. Those are several MTH husky stacks in the background. You can also see some of the folks waiting at the passenger station -- glad I put in some benches in for them! With it's lively red and orange Southern Pacific livery, and a matching string of passenger cars, the SP "Daylight" has been called the most attractive train on the planet. A photo showing some of the matching MTH passenger cars is below. That's them on the ramp leading to the upper level (which currently houses the MTH subway cars, seen over and behind the Daylight cars. A number of my Lionel MPC passenger car sets are in the foreground.
At the very end of 2001, MTH released another Premier model of a Daylight locomotive, this one the earlier GS-2 Northern type. It incorporates their new PS-2 sound and control system, and boasts such improvements as opening windows and doors, hatches on the locomotive and tender, as well as other cosmetic enhancements. Photos of it appear below -- the first shows the beautiful face of this streamlined steamer.
The second shows the locomotive broadside -- note the darkened drivers and dulled drive rods.
The next photo shows a close-up of the cab. Note the valve detail! The windows slide open and closed, and the door opens.
The next photo is a close-up of the back of the cab. Note the opened hatches at the top and top of the back.
The next photo shows the beautiful tender.
Here's a close-up of the tender showing the opened hatches.
Finally, the rear of the tender.
The GS-4 locomotive #4449 is still in use today running railfan excursions.The photos below are of the beautiful prototype.
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