When Norfolk Southern announced their heritage locomotive plans last year, we knew immediately that we would make them in miniature. In fact, our first plans and announcements came even before all of the locomotives themselves had hit the rails! Now these twenty locomotives have left the publicity tours behind and are working hard every day all across the Norfolk Southern system (and occasionally onto other railroads as well!) Soon you will be able to bring the first of these locomotives home to your rails.
We’re bringing out the first ten models this year, with more announcements coming. The initial run will include ten of the GE Evolution ES44AC locomotives painted for Central of Georgia, Conrail, Interstate, Lehigh Valley, Monongahela, Nickel Plate, Norfolk Southern, Norfolk and Western, Pennsylvania, and Southern.
Each of the locomotives features:
- LEGACY Control System equipped – able to run in LEGACY Control mode, in TrainMaster Command Control mode, or in Conventional mode with a standard transformer
- Odyssey II Speed Control with On/Off switch
- LEGACY RailSounds sound system featuring:
-CrewTalk dialog and TowerCom announcements, each with different scenarios depending on whether the locomotive is in motion or stopped
-Six official railroad speeds with CrewTalk dialog
-Eight diesel RPM levels
-LEGACY “Real-Time Quilling Horn” control with instant response for realistic signature “quilling” and correctly timed warning signals
-Single hit or continuous mechanical bell sounds
-Sequence Control plays the sound effects of an entire trip, including warning sounds and announcements, based on the movement and speed of the locomotive
-Current speed and fuel dialog, refueling sound effects
- Dual powerful maintenance-free motors with momentum flywheels
- Front and rear ElectroCouplers
- Traction tires
- Refined Conventional Transformer Control Mode with lower starting speeds
- Fan-driven smoke unit
- Adjustable smoke output
- Directional lighting including LED headlights
- Oscillating marker lights on front and rear
- Illuminated number boards
- Lighted in cab interior
- Operating ditch lights
- Newly tooled plastic body
- Die-cast metal trucks, pilot, and fuel tank
- Metal frame
- High level of separately applied metal details
- Removable cab roof
- Engineer and conductor figures
It is also worthy of note that these models will have new shell tooling reflecting prototypical changes since the introduction of the original Evolution locomotives we’ve modeled previously.
While Norfolk Southern has only painted one locomotive in each of the schemes, we’ve gone a bit further for those who like to run longer matched heritage consists. In addition to each prototypically numbered unit, we’re adding a second powered unit numbered for the railroads’ history, and a non-powered locomotive.
You can also expand the train with heritage hoppers sold in 2 and 3-packs and individual cabooses all in paint schemes to match the heritage locomotives themselves. Certainly three of these colorful locomotives on a 20 car heritage coal train would look spectacular on any layout!
The powered locomotives retail for $549.99, non-powered for $279.99. All will negotiate an O-54 curve. Add on cars are $94.99 for cabooses and $239.99 for the hopper car three-packs, $159.99 for the two-pack (Monongahela and Penn Central). See your local Lionel dealer to place your orders. The Heritage fleet will begin arriving in late Spring.