FACTORY SEALED 2002 President's Choice "Yard Bull" Limited Edition Train Set with CNR #8333 0-8-0 P-5-d Switcher HO Scale
FACTORY SEALED 2002 President's Choice "Yard Bull" Limited Edition Train Set with CNR #8333 0-8-0 P-5-d Switcher
Sold only in Canadian grocery stores, the eleven Limited Edition HO Scale Train Sets introduced by the President's Choice Company each Christmas from 1992 through 2005 (they skipped a couple of years) are some of the most rare and intriguing ever offered. President's Choice was, and is to this day, the supplier of a full line of private label President's Choice (PC) products to many grocery stores throughout the Western, Central and Atlantic Regions of Canada. What madness prompted PC not only to have Mehano in Slovenia produce uniquely Canadian model train sets for them but to also sell these sets only through Canadian grocery stores is something that, perhaps, only a Canadian might understand. In any case, against all odds the madness proved to be genius as the limited edition sets sold out each and every year. Go figure.
The cornerstones of the eleven sets, and, mostly, what makes them so fascinating and collectible, are the locomotives themselves. In almost every case, PC had Mehano create prototypically correct models of legendary locomotives developed by, and of great historical importance to, Canada and her great railroads. These unique and spectacular locomotive models were never offered to, or made available through, any non-Canadian grocery store outlets. Though some of the accompanying consists are also of interest, in reality, these great sets are a bargain even if just for the locomotives alone.
Excerpt from Box Text:
"In days gone by, the legendary steam locomotives were glorious haulers of precious freight and cargo. The journeyed from coast to coast, thundering across mountains and valleys of this great nation, transporting everything from minerals to passengers. With their great power and ground-breaking speeds, they bore such memorable names as the Bullet Nosed Betty, the Pacific and the Mountain Express.
In the shadow of these splendid transcontinental locomotives, were the unsung heroes of the rail industry: the switcher locomotive. Although the high-speed steam locomotives could deliver their cargo in record time, they were inefficient in short-distance deliveries to final destinations or precision redirecting. With blooming industrialization and the advent of large freight yards, a growing need developed for efficient "switching" or "shifting" of large blocks of freight cars. This is were the 0-8-0, affectionately named Yard Bull came in. This behind-the-scenes behemoth, with its incredible traction and slower speed, could deliver the perfect combination of precision and brute force that was needed to accomplish this daunting task.
There were no long, magnificent cross-Canada trips for the humble switcher locomotive, but in a world where high speed seemed to be the ultimate goal, strength and precision were still needed and the Yard Bull was there to fulfill its duty.
The switcher locomotives were divided into two sub-classes: the P-5-e, manufactured by Baldwin in 1927 and the P-5-d manufactured by Canadian National in 1927 and in 1928 (numbered 8330-8339). The one we have replicated, the 8333, was undoubtedly, like its numerous counterparts, put to work as soon as it hit the rails and continued to toil well into the 1950s or until the very end of the steam era.
Though the Yard Bull may have lead an existence founded on hard work with no glory, we are proud to commemorate its invaluable contribution to the success of Canadian rail transportation. Our collector's edition Yard Bull Switcher is a faithful reproduction of this classic locomotive and it is compatible with all HO scale model electric train sets, including our entire President's Choice Collector's Series."
Canadian National Railroad 0-8-0 Yard Bull Sub-Class P-5-d Switcher #8333
Factory Sealed Set in C-9 Mint Condition.
Engine weight: 300g (10.5 ounces)
Power pickup from locomotive and tender car
Operating locomotive headlight and automatic backup light on tender car
Woodland Scenics Engineer Figure Installed in Cab.
Upgrade locomotive and all cars to Knuckle Couplers.
HO Scale 1:87
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