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Matchbox/Mantua Collectible YSLO01​ Southern Crescent 4-6-2 Locomotive HO Scale

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Matchbox/Mantua Collectible YSLO01 Southern Crescent 4-6-2 Locomotive

John Tyler, TYCO and Mantua, all names tied together inexorably in model railroad history. What many may not remember is that TYCO gained it's greatest notoriety not in model railroading but in the toy business. In the 1980's and 90's TYCO dominated the HO Scale "Slot Car" model car racing market and, with late acquisitions like Matchbox, Viewmaster, Magna-Doodle, Ideal Nursery and others was a major player in the toy industry.. When TYCO was eventually sold to Mattel in 1997 it was the third largest toy company in the world.

Information on Matchbox Collectible Locomotives is sketchy at best but we do know this:

  • Mantua was started and owned by the Tyler family.
  • John Tyler started TYCO.
  • TYCO owned Matchbox.
  • Mantua introduced their legendary die-cast limited edition "Collectibles" locomotives in 1996.
  • TYCO/Matchbox was sold to Mattel in 1997.

All this being said what we have here is an even more rare version of the already rare Mantua Collectibles 03001 Southern Crescent 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive likely offered by Mattel for one year only in 1996. Yet another enigma of model railroading history.


  • PERFECT C9 Mint Condition with Good Original Box.
  • MRRHQ Locomotive Works serviced, tested and certified
  • Test track run time only.
  • Heavy die cast metal boiler, frame, motor mount, leading and trailing trucks.
  • Legendary Sagami Can Motor with Power Drive.
  • Silent, flexible drive and slippage-free oversize knurled drive wheel axles.
  • Full working chrome steel valve gear.
  • Operating headlight.
  • Factory Directional rear Tender lighting.
  • Authentic unpainted brass detail castings:
    • Air Compressor
    • Nathan Injector
    • Sander Valve
    • Marker Lights
    • Generator
    • Whistle
    • Drain Cock
    • Starter Valve
    • Handrails
    • To paint or not to paint, it's all up to you.
  • Brass Bell
  • Replaceable Brass Wheel Bearings.
  • Upgraded w/Front & Rear Knuckle Couplers. (Original Non-working Brass Couplers included.)
  • Authentic paint and printing.
  • 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.
    • TCS WOWSound 101KA DCC/Sound Decoder w/Keep Alive Installed.
    • SOUNDTRAXX DCC & DCC/Sound Decoders, including BLUNAMI, also available. Call or email to select.
    • Engineer Figure Installed in Cab.
  • Matchbox Catalog 1996(?) MSRP Unknown.

Dimensions: Locomotive 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1 3/8" Tender 5 1/2 x 2 x 1 3/8"

HO Scale 1:87

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