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MTH - 4-6-4 DREYFUSS - WITH PROTO SOUND 3.0

The 1938 edition of the Twentieth Century Limited is often regarded as the high water mark of the American passenger train. Thirty-six years to the day after passengers strode down a red plush carpet to the first run of the Century - inspiring the phrase "red carpet treatment" - the new incarnation of America's most famous train pulled out of Grand Central Station behind a homely boxcab electric. Thirty-three miles later, at Harmon, New York, the train was turned over to a streamlined Hudson with a prow reminiscent of a Roman gladiator's helmet, and the effect was complete. From engine to observation car, in every detail down to the dining car china and matchbook covers, the train had been styled by Henry Dreyfus, a giant in the then-new profession of industrial design. The design was so handsome and striking that it became a symbol of the New York Central railroad and, later, of the entire Art Deco era. Decades later, Time magazine selected the locomotive as its single symbol of the twentieth century.

Advertised as "the first all-room train in America, 16 hours between New York and Chicago," the 1938 Century was the last word in luxury travel. Every afternoon the famous red carpet was unfurled in Grand Central Station, welcoming passengers aboard. Taking aim at Pennsy's rival Broadway Limited, which had to cross the Allegheny Mountains to make the same trip, the New York Central promoted itself as "The Water Level Route… You Can Sleep."

Leading the train was one of the best examples of streamlining ever applied to a locomotive. Unlike Raymond Loewy's design for the Broadway Limited's Pacifics, which largely hid the engine under a streamlined shroud, Dreyfuss' styling clung tightly to the locomotive, glorifying rather than hiding its shape and boldly displaying the wheel and rod motion that make a steam engine so exciting. No wonder the Dreyfus Hudson has been a favorite image of graphic artists ever since.

New for 2009, M.T.H. introduces the most fun-to-operate HO model of this landmark locomotive ever made. Our Dreyfus Hudson is offered in several prototypical versions with either the original 1938 paint scheme with blue edging on the stripes, or the cleaner, more simplified 1940 scheme. Play the departure announcements for the Twentieth Century Limited and begin your trip so smoothly that your passengers won't realize they're moving. Listen to the chuff sounds and synchronized puffs of smoke accelerate as your train picks up speed. If you're operating with the M.T.H. DCS system, you can even make your own signature sounds with the quillable whistle feature. In model railroading, it doesn't get any better than this. M.T.H.’s HO locomotives feature the firm’s most sophisticated version of its highly acclaimed Proto-Sound digital sound and command control onboard electronics. The Proto-Sound 3.0 system found in M.T.H.’s HO locomotives includes features not found in other firm's sound systems and include a command control receiver that can operate with M.T.H.’s DCS Digital Command System or any manufacturer’s DCC system.

Unlike other HO sound-equipped locomotives currently on the market, M.T.H.’s steam locomotives include synchronized puffing smoke timed to drive wheel revolutions for an incredibly realistic operating experience. First appearing in M.T.H.’s O Gauge locomotives in 2000, each M.T.H. HO steam locomotive features a prototypically correct four chuffs/puffs per each drive wheel revolution.

Digital steam engine sound features including whistle, bell, chuffing, squeaking brakes, authentic Doppler, passenger station announcements, air let-off, air pump, blow down, pop-off, injector and dozens more are included in each engine – a variety unmatched in HO today. In addition, every engine features 120 speed steps, each in scale one-mile-per-hour increments for a true prototypical operating experience.

M.T.H.'s steam and diesel locomotives are completely compatible with most 16 volt or higher analog DC power supplies. Under analog operation, the user retains direction control, synchronized puffing smoke and digital chuffing (synchronized to driver revolution and smoke puffing) on steam engines, diesel engine roar and squeaking brakes and speed control on both diesel and steam models.

When operated in command mode using M.T.H.’s DCS Digital Command System (DCS), operators will have access to hundreds of features and sounds, including crossing signals, a user controlled “quillable” steam whistle or diesel horn that simulates an engineer’s differing pressure on the whistle pull cord for seamless whistle or horn pitches.

The steam engine's die-cast metal boiler and tender house the electronics and a precision five-pole flywheel-equipped motor. Intricately detailed, the boiler and tender shells feature additional detail elements ensuring an accurate reproduction of the high and low headlight USRA versions. Additional features include sprung drivers, (2) Kadee® compatible couplers, prototypical Rule 21 lighting, interchangeable RP25 drivers with traction tires for added pulling strength, detailed cab interior, detailed tender undercarriage and even a tender to boiler deck plate.

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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 W/SCULLIN WHEELS # 5452
MTH-1631

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 W/BOXPOX WHEELS # 5453
MTH-1641

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 #5449
MTH-1651

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 W/BOXPOX WHEELS # 5448
MTH-1661

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 W/BOXPOX WHEELS # 5445
MTH-1671

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 W/BOXPOX WHEELS # 5446
MTH-1681

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 NYC (EMPIRE STATE EXPRESS) RD # 5426
MTH-1691

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 NYC (EMPIRE STATE EXPRESS) RD # 5429
MTH-1701

$389.98
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DREYFUSS 4-6-4 NYC RD # 5445
MTH-8032461

$409.00
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