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D&RGW EM-1 #224 2-8-8-4 STEAM

D&RGW EM-1 #224 2-8-8-4 STEAM



"Well, I must say, they have everything!" Such were the remarks of B&O's President White upon inspecting the first EM-1. Despite a preference for diesels, the B&O was allocated the new steam locomotives by the Wartime Production Board. They would be the last and largest steam locomotives delivered to the B&O and many argued they were among the best. Equipped with all of the most advanced features available for the time, the powerful locomotives were designed to make use of every inch of space allotted by the B&O's tight clearance restrictions. Although they were built for drag freight operations on the B&O's mountain routes in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the locomotives found their way into a variety of roles before retirements in 1957 including some mail and express and passenger excursions. Smaller than their older 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone cousins in the west due to tight tunnel and bridge clearances, the EM-1 was no less impressive. Crews respected them for their power, efficiency and especially smooth ride. Ultimately, their reign on the mountains would be brief - snuffed out by the diesels the B&O always wanted. Like the prototype, these Lionel models have everything you could want! Equipped with both LEGACY and Bluetooth, they are easy to control from your LEGACY or TMCC cab, Universal Remote, LionChief App or transformer. Dual speakers make great use of LEGACY RailSounds and the model is equipped with stack and whistle steam effects. Control switches are all conveniently located under the sand dome. For this release, Lionel has added some "what if" schemes to this good looking locomotive. The EM-1's roles in mail and excursion service led us to imagine what one may have looked like in proper B&O dress blue. DM&IR and Northern Pacific both rostered larger 2-8-8-4s. We've added front air pump details and centipede tenders where appropriate to better capture the look of those machines. Several of the DM&IR locomotives were leased to the Rio Grande - making for a very plausible green-boilered 2-8-8-4. Lastly, Union Pacific's love of big steam and Western Maryland's parallel route through the mountains made the EM-1 design a natural "should have been" for these roads as well.

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
Odyssey® II Speed Control
IR Transmitter works with LCS SensorTrack™
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
Illuminated classification lights on the front of locomotive
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
Whistle Steam
Three-speaker sound system (dual speakers in tender and one in the boiler) for the ultimate sound experience
Road number-specific crew talk

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
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
Single hit or continuous 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, coal-loading sound effects


Rail Line: Denver & Rio Grande Western
Road Number: 224
Gauge: O Gauge
Power: Electric
Engine Type: Steam
Min Curve: O72
Dimensions: Length: 32 .25"


Ages 14+

O Gauge

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Product Code:  LIO2031110

Your Price: $1,529.98


Availability:  In Stock


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