New Product Spotlight – New York Central Mohawk

7 01 2013

While the Hudsons got all the attention racing passenger trains along the famous Water Level Route, the New York Central’s Mohawks kept the freight moving all across the system. These locomotives were not averse to passenger duties as well and many claim the later units were every bit the equal of the Hudsons in this role.


The Mohawk had a face and performance that was all business.

While most railroads called their 4-8-2s Mountains, no such nomenclature could be permitted on the Central! All of the roads major classes of steam locomotives were named for rivers in the Empire State. The NYC roster included 600 Mohawks, built between 1916 and 1943 by ALCo and Lima. Lionel’s version represents a class L-2a – the largest group of locomotives built in 1925. Limited to 60 mph, this class was normally found in freight service.

Note that we’ve corrected the road numbers on this release from what was first advertised in the 2012 Volume 2 catalog. Those 2800 series numbers were originally assigned to the class L2-c. The new number for the individual sale Mohawk is 2791 and No. 2797 will be included in the Water Level Steam Freight Set, currently scheduled to ship in April.

The locomotive is packed with great features including:

  • LEGACY Control System – able to run with LEGACY, TMCC or Conventional controls
  • Odyssey II Speed Control
  • LEGACY RailSounds including
    • DynaChuff synchronized to train speed with 32 levels of intensity
    • Quillable whistle
    • Single hit or mechanical bell
    • CrewTalk dialog and TowerCom announcements
    • Six official railroad speeds with CrewTalk dialog
    • Sequence Control
    • Current speed and fuel dialog
  • Maintenance-free motor


    The Lionel Mohawk is perfect for just about any assignment.

  • Wireless tether connection between locomotive and tender
  • ElectroCoupler on tender
  • Directional headlight and tender back-up light
  • Lighted class lights
  • Fan-driven smoke unit
  • Flickering firebox light
  • Cab light, detailed interior and crew
  • Traction tires
  • Die-cast metal body (locomotive and tender), frame, pilot and trucks
  • Many separately applied details, including builder’s plates

The individual-sale Mohawk (6-11411) retails for $1,299.99 and is scheduled to ship in January. The locomotive will negotiate an O-54 curve. Get ready to add this work horse to your stable.



4 responses

7 01 2013
George Honer

Is it possible to send this out in a format that would be easy to copy with just the information provided. I have tried cut and paste and I get strange results or it won’t copy at all. Thanks

Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:31:55 +0000 To:

7 01 2013

If you subscribe to the blog, you will get the text in an email as soon as each post is published. This may be a little easier to cut and paste than copying from the webpage itself. Unfortunately, there is not much else I can do to alter the formatting of the text.

8 01 2013
Andrew Falconer

The nearest New York Central mainline, for me, was in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I wonder how often the NYC Mowhawks got to travel over the tracks between Detroit and Chicago? It might take a while to find out with internet photos and videos.

16 01 2013
Lawrence Abrams

Why aren’t you equipping your new expensive engines with magnetraction ? The traction tires I’m aware of don’t haul your traditional passenger sets.
Can your premium sets with tmcc. I’m new at tmcc.

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