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4-4-4 Reading Steam Locomotives

4-4-4 Reading type

The 4-4-4 Reading steam locomotive shown above was one of the few examples built for the Reading Railroad.  Never a very popular wheel arrangement, this is one of the very few examples of such a locomotive.  The Canadian Pacific also had a few locomotives with this wheel arrangement; on the CP, they were called Jubilees.

4-4-4 Jubilee

In the 1930's, Lionel brought out a massive Standard Gauge steam locomotive called the #400E.  While not a model of a Reading-type steamer, it did share the 4-4-4 wheel arrangement.  The new Lionel Corporation (a part of MTH) has brought out, in 2009/2010, an almost perfect replica of the #400E.  Well, perfect externally.  Internally, it's a pure 21st century model with the full Protosound 2 electronics package for wonderful sound, synchronized puffing smoke, and full remote control with DCS.  It spoke to me at the train store, so I brought it home, along with a series of large tinplate Standard Gauge freight cars to make up a very nice train.  Here are some photos of this Standard Gauge gem.

standard gauge #400e

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Last updated: 24 Feb 2023

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