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.
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
- 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.