Rivarossi 1598 D&RGW Class L-97 4-6-6-4 Challenger Locomotive #3800 HO Scale
Rivarossi 1598 D&RGW Class L-97 4-6-6-4 Challenger Locomotive #3800
Rivarossi's last, and best, D&RGW Challenger
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad bought ten 4-6-6-4s from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1937 to speed up its freight trains. These locomotives were designated Class L-105 and were given road numbers 3700 through 3709. They had four 23 x 32 cylinders, 70" drivers, a boiler pressure of 280 psi, a tractive effort of 105,000 lbs and weighed 641,000 pounds.
Five additional Class L-105 "Challengers" arrived from Baldwin in 1942. These were similar to the Class L-105s bought in 1938 and were assigned road numbers 3710 through 3714.
In need of more locomotives to handle war-time traffic, the D&RGW ordered six more "Challengers". The War Production Board allowed six ALCO-built 4-6-6-4s to be delivered in 1943. The D&RGW did not like them, and leased them instead of buying them. These locomotives were designated Class L-97, assigned Road Numbers 3800-3805 and had four 21 x 32 cylinders, 69" drivers, a boiler pressure of 280 psi, a tractive effort of 97,350 lbs and weighed 627,000 pounds. In 1947, diesels were replacing many of the D&RGW's steam locomotives and the six Class L-97 "Challengers" were transferred to the Clinchfield Railroad. There are no surviving D&RGW "Challengers". (From steamlocomotive.com)
Original Rivarossi produced their first Challenger in 1975 and their first D&RGW 4-6-6-4 in 1984. Production continued from 1975 until, with modifications and upgrades along the way, their pre-Hornby demise in 2000. First offered in 1995, model 1598 was their last, and finest, D&RGW Challenger. In stunning mint condition, and featuring our signature MRRHQ Custom upgrades, this is THE finest 1598 ever offered.
Pristine C-9+ Mint Condition with Superb Box and All Paperwork
No evidence of run time.
MRRHQ Locomotive Works serviced, tested and certified.
Upgraded with MRRHQ Custom High Performance LED Headlamp.
Upgraded with MRRHQ Custom Directional Back up Light.(A working "Centipede" Tender backup light was NEVER offered by the original Rivarossi.)
Upgraded with MRRHQ Custom Painted Tender Rear Warning Lights.
One-piece boiler/cab and tenders of pressure-cast high impact plastic.
Steel main and side rods, guides, hand rails, fittings and coupler lift bars.
Fourteen Wheel "Centipede" Tender.
Scale 69" Drivers.
Many additional fine details.
Powerful Modern Heavy Duty Flywheel Can Motor with .7 Amp Maximum Current Draw.
Dual "Cardanic" Drive System provides power to all 12 Drivers .
Silent, flexible drive and slippage-free oversize knurled drive wheel axles.
Easy rolling steel needle point truck axles.
"Disappearing" Front Knuckle Coupler.
Upgraded with working rear Knuckle Coupler. (Not shown but included.)
Optional Upgrades Available:
SOUNDTRAXX 852204 Standard DCC Decoder Installed.
SOUNDTRAXX 852204 Standard DCC Decoder w/810160 Keep Alive Installed.
SOUNDTRAXX TSU2200 (2) Amp Digital DCC/Sound Decoder Installed.
SOUNDTRAXX TSU2200 (2) Amp Digital DCC/Sound w/810160 Keep Alive Installed.
Production Date 1995.
Dimensions: Locomotive 10 x 2 x 1 3/8" Tender 6 1/2 x 2 x 1 3/8"