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:
"Built by Montreal Locomotive Works for the Canadian National Railway in 1930, the 4-6-4 Class K-5-a Hudson locomotive played a pivotal role in Canadian rail history. Averaging 65 miles per hour along the Toronto – Montreal corridor, it kept its schedule over 90 percent of the time, earning it the name Speed Queen. Of the five beautifully designed locomotives numbered 5700 trough 5704, only two remain today: 5700 and 5702. Sadly, the others were destroyed.
To honor the classic locomotives that helped built this great land, the President’s Choice® team has been developing high quality HO scale train sets for serious collectors and hobbyists since the early 1990s. All 9 previous editions are depicted below.
Specially commissioned to commemorate the production of the 10th PC® train, this limited edition set features a faithful reproduction of the vintage Hudson, complete with a real smoke generator. To add to the authenticity, we’ve numbered it 5702 and have equipped it with the 02’s unique feature: elephant ears smoke filters. Not only were these filters visually appealing, they also proven to be a valuable technological advancement, as they cut through the air and lifted the smoke away from the locomotive and the cars.
To help highlight this important milestone in the history of the PC® train, we’ve replaced our customary historical markings on the 5 freight cars and the caboose with detailed illustrations of our playful PC® Mini Chefs™ characters. Perfect as a gift or a valuable addition to any collection, it will surely be given the thumbs up by kids and model train enthusiasts alike!"
Canadian National Railway 4-6-4 Class K-5-a Hudson Locomotive #5701
Factory Sealed C-9 Mint Condition.
Engine weight: 300g (10.5 ounces)
Power pickup from locomotive and tender.
Operating locomotive headlight and automatic backup.
Heavy duty can motor.
Coated Helical matched gears.
Intricately matched smooth running gear.
Functional nickel-plated coined brass driving rods and valve gear.
Metal boiler and tender hand railings.
Tender car with coal bunker.
Metal coupler lift bar on loco pilot deck and rear of tender car.
24 karat gold-plated swivel.
Separate pilot deck apron molding.
Whitewall driving wheels.
Authentically detailed, painted and lettered with unique collector's quality markings.
Operates on 46cm (18in) radius oval track layout.
4 freight cars and 1 caboose, all with unique Mini Chefs ™ graphics.
Quality brass track for oval layout.
Track layout instructions.
Two-piece power pack with wall mount transformer and hand-held controller.
10 ml vial of smoke generator fluid.
Assembly and operation instructions.
Compatible with all popular HO brands, including all PC® train sets. Cars are to scale.
TCS T1KA Standard DCC Decoder w/KA4 Keep Alive Installed.
Woodland Scenics Engineer Figure Installed in Cab.
Upgrade locomotive and all cars to Knuckle Couplers.
HO Scale 1:87
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