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C&O President Robert Young envisioned a modern passenger service every bit the equal of his railroad's modern and efficient freight business. To fulfill this vision, the C&O placed a 48-car order to Budd in 1946 for a new premier train named "The Chessie." In addition to new equipment, the trains would feature such on-board amenities as credit card service, car hostesses, even a theater for the kids! Production delays held the train back until 1948. By then, the massive new steam turbine locomotives were already proving themselves too unreliable and the traveling public's preference for the automobile was taking a firm hold. The Chessie ran only a few months before quietly disappearing. Equipment was repainted and re-lettered in traditional C&O yellow and used on other trains. Streamlined Hudson locomotives also continued to serve on other priority passenger trains. There were many reasons for The Chessie's short tenure, but its memory endures as a testament to the pride, innovation and commitment of railroaders who continued to dream big. The Chessie may be a cat with 9 lives however! Most of the equipment would go on to serve other railroads and now it can live again on yours! In place of the troublesome turbines we're offering a special "what if" version of the C&O's Greenbrier 4-8-4. These modern locomotives would likely have become the power of choice for this premier train had it made it a few more years. Fast, powerful, and reliable, they were everything the C&O wanted for its passengers. A stylized Chessie version seems only natural!
LEGACY® Control System equipped – able to run in LEGACY® Control mode, in TrainMaster Command Control mode, or in Conventional mode with a standard transformer
Bluetooth® Control - Operate with Universal Remote or LionChief® App
Lionel Voice Control (LVC) - run your locomotive by speaking commands into your phone via LionChief® App
Odyssey® II Speed Control
IR Transmitter that works with LCS SensorTrack™
Whistle steam
Road-number specific details
Powerful maintenance-free motor with momentum flywheel
Wireless Tether™ connection between locomotive and tender
ElectroCoupler™ on rear of tender
Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light on rear of tender
Bicolor illuminated classification lights on the front of locomotive where applicable. Using a Legacy controller, change the color of the classification lights between white or green
Traction tires
Interior illumination in cab
Die-cast metal locomotive body, pilot, and trucks
Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
High level of separately applied metal details
Separately applied builder's plate
Synchronized fan-driven smoke unit
Adjustable smoke output
Authentically detailed cab interior
Cab "glass" windows
Engineer and fireman figures
LEGACY® RailSounds® sound system featuring:
CrewTalk™ dialog with different scenarios depending on whether the locomotive is in motion or stopped
TrainSounds that mimic operating dialog when the locomotive is in motion or stopped
Six official railroad speeds with CrewTalk dialog
DynaChuff™ synchronized with 32 levels of intensity as the locomotive gains speed
LEGACY® "Real-Time Quilling Whistle" control with instant response for realistic signature "quilling" and correctly timed warning signals - 5 different whistles to choose from for a more customized experience.
Single hit or continuous mechanical bell sounds - 5 levels of bell pitching for customized 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, coal or oil loading sound effects

Rail Line: Chessie
Road Number: 612
Gauge: O Gauge
Power: Electric
Engine Type: Steam
Min Curve: O72
Dimensions: Length: 21 ¾â?
Most Recent Catalog: 2022 C2


Ages 14+

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Product Code:  LIO2331100

Your Price: $1,529.99


Availability:  In Stock


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