Hot Sheet 5-20-16


The Hotsheet
May 20, 2016
The Hotsheet is our continuing publication by ‘the Stop’ highlighting recently received products and upcoming items or events that might be of interest to our model railroader friends.



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 The 4-8-2 was most popular on the North American continent. When the 4-6-2 Pacific fleets were becoming over-burdened as passenger trains grew in length and weight, the first North American 4-8-2 locomotives were built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) in 1911. It is possible that the “Mountain” name was originated by C&O, after the Allegheny Mountains where their first 4-8-2 locomotives were built to work. ALCO combined the traction of the eight-coupled 2-8-2 Mikado with the excellent tracking qualities of the Pacific’s four-wheel leading truck. Although C&O intended their new Mountains for passenger service, the type also proved ideal for the new, faster freight services that railroads in the United States were introducing. Many 4-8-2locomotives were therefore built for dual service. A total of about 2,200 Mountain type locomotives were built for forty-one American railroads..

The Southern Pacific ordered a total of 75 4-8-2s for both freight and passenger service.  The Sacramento General Shops of the Southern Pacific built 49 “Mountains” between 1925 and 1930. These were built in three batches, road numbers 4346 through 4366 designated class Mt-4 were built between 1926 and 1929.

The Espee Mountains were considered to have been a very successful class. Oil-fired engine. Larger tender held 16,152 gal water, 4,692 gal oil.

The Athearn SP MT-4 with the 160-c Tender comes in ‘basic black’ and the Daylight scheme,  These models in the Genesis line have specific locomotive features, DCC sound (Soundtraxx), and either the 120-c or 160-c tender*.

[We also have each of the tenders as a separate item].

Price is $399 to $419, tenders from $89 to $99.

We still have a great (and large) collection of Large Scale items from LGB and other manufacturers…

…Priced to go…

The next generation of sound decoders is ready to order…

Soundtraxx introduces the Tsunami II decoder.



The Tsunami II decoder line is leaving the factory in a few weeks.  This new line of 1 Watt, 4 function decoders replaces all of the original Tsunamis.  There are now only 6 sound types, based on all of the locomotive manufacturers’ prime movers:

  • EMD
  • GE
  • Alco
  • Baldwin, etc.
  • Steam
  • Electric

[i.e. all of the EMD prime movers are included in the one EMD part number]

All of the sound files have been upgraded, new features that were introduced in the Econami line have been added, and these premium decoders are just a little larger than a dime.

Check out the new reactive DDE, adjustable steam cutoff, selectable fuel loading, HEP mode for diesels and all the other new features at the ‘Stop.


Woodland Scenics adds to their Just Plug Lighting System…



Street lights and wall mounts come in N, HO and O Scales and a variety of styles.  The wiring for the lights connects to a detachable plug that can be inserted into the Light Hub module.

City lighting just isn’t any easier…

Priced from $14.99 to $24.99.

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