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2139 Reading T1 4-8-4, American Freedom Train #1, Paragon2 Sound/DC/DCC, HO

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Image of item 2139 Reading T1 4-8-4, American Freedom Train #1, Paragon2 Sound/DC/DCC, HO
MSRP: $399.99
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Item Number: 2139
Product Line: Steam, HO

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As World War II was drawing to a close in 1945, the Reading Railroad examined their existing roster of motive power and realized they did not own any of the "Super-Power" steam locomotives that most all other railroads owned and operated.  The decision to obtain some of these locomotives was paramount, but with the wartime restrictions still in place the Reading had to look to their existing fleet for conversion.

The I-10sa 2-10-0 locomotive fit the bill.  So the Reading started the in-house conversion of 30 of these locomotives to a new class and the Super-Power T1 4-8-4 was born. The Reading shops started delivering the T1 in the late summer of 1945, ending deliveries in 1947.  In freight service, the T1's made the Reading proud as they comprised the "Fast Freight" position that the railroad needed to meet the increased post war demands that now faced the entire nation.

However, with a slowdown in traffic and the acquirement of new diesel road switchers, the T1's found themselves in storage in 1954/55.  In 1956, the T1 fleet was put to work again.  A few made it back to the mainline, but most were assigned to the coal region.  Seven were leased to the neighboring Pennsylvania Railroad for several months.

The T1 found new life in excursion service for a time.  Number 2101 was available and went through some detail changes.  A very striking paint scheme was used to pull the patriotic "American Freedom Train". She then went through another repaint and pulled the "Chessie Steam Special" for two seasons in 1977 and 1978.  Now she sits on display at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The Reading 2100 is currently running excursions for the Golden Pacific Railroad in Tualatin, Oregon.  The Reading T1 and her related versions uniquely saw duty well beyond her geographical boundaries and time era.  For this reason, she'll be right at home on a great number of layouts. 

Industry-Leading Features:
  Product Information:
  • ALL-NEW Paragon2 Sound & Control System
  • Synchronized PUFFING SMOKE with Chuff Sound
  • Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and timing
  • Integral DCC Decoder with Back EMF for Industry Best Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC
  • Precision Drive Mechanism engineered for continuous heavy load towing and smooth slow speed operation
  • 5-Pole Can Motor with Skew Wound Armature
  • Premium Caliber Painting with Authentic Paint Schemes
  • Prototypical Light Operation with Golden White LED Headlight, Rear Light
  • Factory Installed Engineer and Fireman Figures
  • Near-Brass Caliber Detail at a Plastic Price
  • ABS Plastic Locomotive Body with Die Cast chassis
  • ABS Plastic Tender body with Die Cast chassis
  • Locomotive + Tender Length (coupler to coupler):  15.7 inches
  • Locomotive Weight: 1 lb 6 oz.
  • Tender Weight:  7 oz.
  • Metal Kadee-compatible Couplers (2)
  • All-Driver Drive and All-Wheel Electrical Pick-up except for pilot trucks/trailing trucks
  • Separately Applied Handrails, Ladders, Whistle, and Brass Bell
  • Operating Cab Roof Vents
  • Will Operate on Code 70, 83, and 100 rail
  • Recommended Minimum Radius: 18 inches
  • Accurate prototypical sounds for the Reading T1


Broadway Limited Imports is proud to introduce Paragon2: The new benchmark for premium HO sound-equipped locomotives. These DC and DCC-Sound equipped locomotives feature the ALL-NEW Paragon2 sound and control system. Each Paragon2 locomotive comes with BLI's own integral DCC Decoder factory installed.  Paragon2 locomotives offer Dual Mode DC and DCC operation with: superb back EMF motor control in DC and DCC, recordable DCC operation for automated playback, the same detail level as the original Paragon Series, and the familiar sturdy maroon box!

Industry-Leading SOUND Features:

  • Operates in DC & DCC (use DCMaster for DC Sound)
  • Record & Play Operation - Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation
  • 16-bit Sample Rate for exceptional high frequency sound clarity
  • Playback Whistle for multiple whistle lengths and patterns
  • Choice of 3 selectable Horns
  • Alternate Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam whistle - both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played
  • Adjustable bell ringing interval for faster or slower bell
  • Numerous user-mappable functions with available keys
  • Johnson Bar Sound at Direction Change
  • Passenger Station Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
  • Freight Yard Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
  • Lumber Yard Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
  • Farm Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
  • Crew Radio Communications - Controlled with Function Key
  • Maintenance Yard Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
  • Demo Mode for display and demonstrations
  • Grade Crossing Signal - Controlled with Function Key
  • Simple Programming with Integral DCC Decoder
  • Automatic Forward / Reverse Signal - When activated, stopping triggers and stop whistle toot.  When moving forward from a stopped position, toots twice.  When moving in reverse. toots three times.
  • Chuff sound intensity varies with load
  • Individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect
  • EZ Reset Button for quick return to factory default settings

**Specifications on this page subject to change.



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