Custom Reading Early 1900's 0-4-0 Camelback Overton 5-Coach Passenger Set w/10"x 8" Metal/Enamel Reading Sign HO Scale

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Custom Reading Early 1900's 0-4-0 Camelback Overton 5-Coach Passenger Set w/10"x8" Metal/Enamel Reading Sign

Measured by geographic extent - from the middle of Pennsylvania to tidewater between Perth Amboy and Elizabeth, N. J., the Reading, pronounced "RED-ing", (the "Reading" Railroad existed only on the Monopoly game board) was not a major railroad. In traffic it was a giant: It was one of the principal carriers of anthracite coal and was a link in several freight routes to Philadelphia and New York. The Reading also operated an intense commuter and medium distance passenger service that funneled passengers in and out of its terminal in Philadelphia and was part of Baltimore & Ohio's Washington-Jersey City route.

The Reading owned nearly a third of the anthracite land in eastern Pennsylvania and its steam locomotives burned anthracite-more specifically culm, the leftovers of the cleaning and grading process. The only way anthracite and culm could produce enough heat for a locomotive was to have a wide, shallow firebox leading John E. Wooten, general manager of the Philadelphia & Reading, in 1877, to develop the Wooten Firebox and the iconic Camelback Locomotive was born.

The Reading's primary passenger locomotive in the late 19th and early 20th Century was the Class D (Series 5-11) 4-4-0 Camelback. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not aware of anyone modeling a 4-4-0 Camelback. Mantua did, however, offer what would become one of model railroading's most legendary locomotives: the 0-4-0 Camelback a mint example of which is included as the pulling power for this remarkable one-of-a-kind vintage train set.

The Locomotive:

Mantua 335-21 Reading 0-4-0 "Goat" Camelback

FEATURES:

  • C-9 Mint Condition with Mint Original Box.
  • Operating Front and Rear Lighting.
  • One-piece boilers, cabs and tenders of pressure-cast Zamac high impact plastic.
  • Castings are sharp and clean and include highly detailed boiler fronts, smoke stacks, control valves, steam pipes, fire door, and rivet heads.
  • Three piece brass Bell and solid brass tender wheels.
  • Stainless Steel hand rails and coupler release bars.
  • Powerful Pittman style 5-pole motor.
  • Smooth, quiet nylon gears assembled on knurled axles.
  • Authentic brass hex-head screws for spacer-assembled side rods.
  • Replaceable long-life brass axle bearings.
  • Easy rolling pivot point truck axles of cadmium plated steel.
  • Heavy cast metal locomotive and tender frames.
  • Optional Upgrades Available:
    • TCS T1 Standard DCC Decoder Installed.
    • TCS T1KA Standard DCC Decoder w/Keep Alive Installed.
    • TCS WOWSound 101 DCC/Sound Decoder Installed.
    • Engineer Figure Installed in Cab.
  • Mantua Catalog 1986-1989.

The Coaches:

Roundhouse never offered their classic 34' Overton Passenger Coaches in Reading livery. The five one-of-a-kind Roundhouse 34' Overton Coaches included in this set were impeccably assembled, lettered and numbered in Reading livery by an unknown master craftsman. Made even more extraordinary by my signature upgrades, you will never see another set like it.

  • Reading 34' Overton Baggage Car #212.
  • Reading 34' Overton Baggage Car #234.
  • Reading 34' Overton Passenger Car #408.
  • Reading 34' Overton Parlor Car #123.
  • Reading 34' Overton Schuylkill Lounge Car #193.

FEATURES:

  • MRRHQ Custom 3D Printed & Painted Interiors.w/Hand built Lounge Car Interior.
  • MRRHQ MagLED Interior Lighting Systems.
  • Awesome Proto 2000 All-Metal 34" Wheel Sets.
  • All-Metal Kadee Knuckle Couplers.

HO Scale 1:87

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