AHM5113-05 D&RGW Class L-97 4-6-6-4 Challenger Locomotive #3801 HO Scale
AHM5113-05 D&RGW Class L-97 4-6-6-4 Challenger Locomotive #3801
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad bought ten 4-6-6-4s from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1937 to speed up its freight trains. These locomotives were designated Class L-105 and were given road numbers 3700 through 3709. They had four 23 x 32 cylinders, 70" drivers, a boiler pressure of 280 psi, a tractive effort of 105,000 lbs and weighed 641,000 pounds.
Five additional Class L-105 "Challengers" arrived from Baldwin in 1942. These were similar to the Class L-105s bought in 1938 and were assigned road numbers 3710 through 3714.
In need of more locomotives to handle war-time traffic, the D&RGW ordered six more "Challengers". The War Production Board allowed six ALCO-built 4-6-6-4s to be delivered in 1943. The D&RGW did not like them, and leased them instead of buying them. These locomotives were designated Class L-97, assigned Road Numbers 3800-3805 and had four 21 x 32 cylinders, 69" drivers, a boiler pressure of 280 psi, a tractive effort of 97,350 lbs and weighed 627,000 pounds. In 1947, diesels were replacing many of the D&RGW's steam locomotives and the six Class L-97 "Challengers" were transferred to the Clinchfield Railroad. There are no surviving D&RGW "Challengers". (From steamlocomotive.com)
Though the D&RGW didn't really care for this great locomotive, we certainly do and can assure you that NO FINER EXAMPLE EXISTS.
Pristine C-9+ Mint Condition with Superb Box and Paperwork
No evidence of run time.
MRRHQ Locomotive Works serviced, tested and certified.
Upgraded with MRRHQ Custom High Performance LED Headlamp.
Upgraded with MRRHQ Custom Directional Back up Light.
One-piece boiler/cab and tenders of pressure-cast high impact plastic.
Steel main and side rods, guides, hand rails, fittings and coupler lift bars.
Fourteen Wheel "Centipede" Tender.
Scale 69" Drivers.
Many additional fine details.
Powerful Can Motor with .7 Amp Maximum Current Draw.
Dual "Cardanic" Drive System provides power to all 12 Drivers .
Silent, flexible drive and slippage-free oversize knurled drive wheel axles.
Easy rolling steel needle point truck axles.
"Disappearing" Front Knuckle Coupler.
Upgraded with working rear Knuckle Coupler.
Optional Upgrades Available:
TCS T1 Standard DCC Decoder Installed.
TCS T1KA Standard DCC Decoder w/KEEP ALIVE Installed.
TCS WOWSound 101 Digital DCC/Sound Decoder Installed.
TCS WOWSound 101KA Digital DCC/Sound Decoder w/KeepAlive Installed.
SOUNDTRAXX DCC & DCC/Sound Decoders also available @ similar pricing. (Blunami DCC/Sound slightly higher.)
Production Date 1984.
Dimensions: Locomotive 10 x 2 x 1 3/8" Tender 6 1/2 x 2 x 1 3/8"