Today, intermodal trains are an image of efficiency – double-stacked containers, articulated spine and well cars, dedicated trains and fast schedules. But it was not so long ago that this service utilized small trailers individually driven onto flatcars and hauled from one ramp to the next.
Our new Canadian National GP-9 Piggyback Set is typical of these early trains. (For more background on modeling intermodal, check out this previous Blog.) Featuring a GP-9 with LEGACY and details specific to the Canadian National and our well-detailed PS-4 flatcars and piggyback trailers, this detailed set is sized well for any layout.
The GP-9 included with the set has been given details specific to locomotives on the Canadian National including the exhaust stacks, placement of the bell and more. An additional LEGACY-equipped and non-powered GP-9 to complement this set were released earlier. Features include:
- LEGACY Control System – able to run on LEGACY, TMCC or Conventional layouts
- Odyssey II Speed Control
- LEGACY RailSounds including CrewTalk and TowerCom, six official railroad speeds, quilling horn, bell, sequence control and real-time speed and fuel dialog.
- Dual motors with flywheels
- ElectroCouplers front and rear
- Fan-driven smoke unit
- Directional lighting
- Operating marker lights
- Illuminated cab interior with engineer and conductor figures
- Illuminated number boards
- Die-cast trucks, pilot and fuel tank
- Metal frame
- Separately applied metal details
The set also includes three PS-4 flatcars detailed for piggy-back service with two trailer hitches, side rails and movable bridge plates. The cars also feature die-cast metal carbodies, real-wood decks, die-cast sprung trucks with hidden uncoupling tabs and separately applied metal underframe details. A lighted wood-sided caboose brings up the markers.
A pair of highly detailed piggyback trailers ride on each flatcar. Two different styles of trailer are included. The smooth-sided trailer comes in both CN’s orange scheme and Canadian Pacific’s green. There is also a pair of trailers with side posts and doors in CN white. A seventh trailer is included with a die-cast semi-tractor. Every trailer features opening doors, adjustable landing gear, flexible mud flaps and a spare tire.
This well detailed set will be at home on many layouts. Run it as a dedicated train or mix the flatcars in with your other scale freight cars. The set will navigate an O-36 curve. Scheduled to ship next month, see your dealers. MSRP is $849.99