I've got this train set out of the box and on my tracks. WOW this is the first of the PC sets to come with useful nickel silver tracks.
This Locomotive is ...
The ore cars have different numbers as with those from sets #5 & #9. I've left the truck mounted horn-hook couplers on all the cars. They often make up a nice train of fifteen ore cars, pulled by the SD-35 Diesel from set #1.
The cars are all in their original condition, with truck mounted horn-hook couplers. As is the caboose.
This is the first set to comes with nickel silver track, GOOD.
This train set is sold in the Loblaws chain of grocery stores for around $100CAD, from 2006 November and right now.
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|President's Choice Train Set #11|
Text on the box:
Built by the Canadian Locomotive Works for the Canadian National Railway in 1924, this Big 10, known as the "Battleship on Wheels" was the largest freight locomotive ever owned by the CNR. Named after itís American counterparts which traveled along the Santa Fe Railway lines, the 2-10-2 Class T-2-a Santa Fe was the most powerful locomotive in all of the British Empire.
With all its brawn and might, it became a behind-the-scenes workhorse, a veritable unsung hero in Canadian rail history. Even though it didnít have the glamourous mission of transporting passengers from coast to coast like some of the other, more prestigious locomotives, the Santa Fe played a pivotal role in linking our two major Canadian railways. Offering pusher and transfer services, these titans orchestrated freight interchange between the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways, allowing goods to travel freely throughout the land.
It did, however, get involved indirectly in passenger transportation: some Santa Fe locomotives were used to wet down the tracks on the dustier corridors prior to passenger trains traveling through. This kept the passenger cars (and their precious cargo) clean!
Of the seventy-five T-2-a Santa Fe locomotives produced for the CNR, most spent their working careers in the Toronto area. Railroad lore suggests that one of these powerhouses, with its incredible brute pulling force helped tear down Torontoís old Union Station a short time after the new station opened itís doors in 1927.
The T-2-aís ever-reliable performance made it a vital revenue-generating tool and an indispensable asset to Canadian rail transportation. Our collectorís edition PC Big 10 Express is a faithful reproduction of this classic steam locomotive and is compatible with all HO Scale model electric train sets, including our entire Presidentís Choice Collectorís Series.
- Engine weight: 396g (? ounces)
- Power pickup from locomotive and tender car
- Opperating locomotive headlight and automatic backup light on tender car
- Heavy duty can motor
- coated brass flywheel
- Helical matched gears
- Intricately matched smooth running gear transmission
- Functional nickel-plated coined brass driving rods
- Metal boiler and tender hand rails
- Vanderbilt Tender car with extended coal bunker
- Metal coupler lift bar on loco pilot deck and rear of tender car
- 24 karat gold-plated swivel bell
- Separate pilot deck apron molding
- Authentically detailed, painted and lettered with unique collectorís quality markings
- Cantilever-mounted Elesco feedwater heater with separate piping
- Die Cast metal chassis for added strength and increased traction
- First and fourth driver sets are spring-loaded for true tracking
- RP-25 contour wheel flanges operate on track down to code 83
- Code 100 nickel silver rail for enhanced electrical conductivity
- Operates on 46cm (18in) radius oval track layout
End of text on the box:
In the box:
President's Choice® Train Set # 11 Manufacturer: Mehano of Slovenia locomotive: 2-10-2 "Big 10", T-2-a Santa-Fe, Steam Engine & Vanderbilt Tender CN 4100 Heraldry: Black Rolling Stock: Ore car CN 172912 Heraldry: CN Red
Ore car CN 172913 Heraldry: CN Red
Ore car CN 172950 Heraldry: CN Red
Ore car CN 172969 Heraldry: CN Red
Ore car CN 172973 Heraldry: CN Red
Caboose: President's Choice Insider's Report Heraldry: Red Track: HO Code 100 Nickel silver
12-9" strait & 12-18" radius curved, one with re-railler & power conections, also rail joiners and track snap locks
| © Ragnar Torfason|
2006 November 29