MRRHQ Custom Limited Edition Mantua Reading 1900s Coal Train w/DCC HO Scale

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MRRHQ Custom Limited Edition Mantua Reading 1900s Coal Train w/DCC

Camelback fast freights, like our spectacular MRRHQ Custom Limited Edition Mantua Reading 1900s Coal Train w/DCC, were a common sight roaring out of the eastern U.S. coal fields at the turn of the 20th Century.

Camelbacks, also known as Mother Hubbards, were first built by the Pennsylvania and Reading’s shops in 1877 and were a familiar sight in the anthracite coal regions of the US in the late 19th and early 20th Century. To take advantage of the available wealth of fuel, John E. Wooten developed the large, wide Wooten firebox to effectively burn anthracite waste that was both plentiful and cheap. Because of its efficient use of coal as a fuel the Camelback design was later adopted by railroads in the west and mid-west.

As the successful trailing truck used to support large fireboxes had not yet been developed, the Wooten firebox had to be mounted above the driving wheels which also improved traction. The problem now arose that, with a cab mounted at the then standard tender deck height, it would be impossible for the engineer to see forward around the firebox. Instead, a cab for the engineer was placed above and astride the boiler providing visibility and giving the Camelback its name. The fireman stood on the rear deck, covered by a small shelter, when firing the boiler. While the Camelback was designed for fast freight service, it was later also widely used in passenger service.

Unequaled attention to detail, craftsmanship, technological innovation and respect for the great, vintage models trains of days gone by. Only from the modelers at MRRHQ.

The Locomotive

Mantua 397-021 Reading 2-8-0 Camelback w/DCC


  • C-9 Mint Condition with Excellent Original Box.
  • Limited Edition 3-Year Production Run w/Numbered C.O.A.
  • MRRHQ Locomotive Works restored, serviced, tested and certified.
  • No indication of run time.
  • Bi-Directional 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.
  • Legendary MC94 Can 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.
  • Upgraded with Digitrax DZ123 DCC Decoder.
  • Upgraded with Woodland Scenics Full 3-Man Crew.
  • Upgraded with working front and rear Kadee all-metal Knuckle Couplers.
  • Mantua Catalog: 1998-2000.

Dimensions: 10"L x 2 1/4"T x 1 1/2"W

The Cars

(10) Vintage Mantua 729-021 Reading 32' Heavy Two-Bay Hoppers

  • Unique Custom Genuine Fake Coal Loads. No two alike.
  • Individual consecutive Road Numbers.
  • Custom Painted Die-Cast Chassis, Bay Doors and Hydraulics.
  • Upgraded with awesome all-metal Intermountain 36" RP25 Wheel Sets.
  • Upgraded with Kadee all-metal Knuckle Couplers.

Dimensions: 5 1/4" Long x 1 3/4" Tall x 1 1/2" Wide

(1) Vintage Mantua 736-21 Reading Bobber Caboose #102

  • Custom Interior Illumination.
    • Easily replaceable Battery Power.
    • Turn-on/Turn-off w/Front Mounted Micro Switch.
    • Soft While LED Lighting.
    • Hand Painted Preiser Brakeman.
  • Custom Tinted Acetate Windows.
  • Heavy Cast Frame.
  • Upgraded with all-metal Kadee Knuckle Couplers.

Available Option:

  • Don't want the Locomotive? Choose "Locomotive Delete".

Dimensions: 3 3/4" Long x 1 7/8" Tall x 1 3/16" Wide

HO Scale 1:87

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