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N Scale - Key - 3160 - Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado - Undecorated

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N Scale - Key - 3160 - Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado - Undecorated


Brand Key
Stock Number 3160
Manufacturer Nakamura
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Nakamura Steam Engine 4-8-2
Prototype Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado (Details)
Road or Company Name Undecorated (Details)
Coupler Type Other
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1983-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam Engine
Model Subtype 2-8-2
Model Variety Mikado
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: This Nakamura brass model of the ATSF 2-8-2 Mohawk is a very nice model introduced in 1983. This brass model has a fairly simple mechanism with excellent shell detail. The motor is an open-sided 5-pole mechanism. The model is equipped with traction tires. Right-rail pickup is provided by the right-side drivers and left-rail pickup is provided by the tender wheels. Many wheels are electrically neutral. Metal gearing is used throughout. Wheel flanges are small enough for Code-55 track. The pilot features a dummy knuckle coupler. The user must add their own coupler, though it is fairly easy to use a stock MTL coupler box.

Prototype History:
The Heavy Mikado was "conceived" under the auspices of the United States Railway Administration (USRA), an agency established during WWI to regulate the railroad industry during the war. One of the first undertakings of the USRA was to develop locomotive (and rolling stock) designs that the railroads could share. This "common design" program was highly successful in streamlining production, and many USRA engines were used long after the war was over, essentially "outliving" the agency that conceived them.

The 2-8-2 is a railroad steam locomotive that has one leading axle followed by four powered driving axles and one trailing axle. This configuration of steam locomotive is most often referred to as a Mikado, or shortened to just "Mike". The USRA ultimately created 12 different steam locomotive designs, including both the Heavy Mikado and Light Mikado. Both the Light and Heavy Mikado used the same 63" drivers and running gear, but the Heavy Mike had a fatter boiler and put out more pounds on the drivers. This resulted in a more powerful locomotive.

Under the USRA's watch, 233 Heavy Mikados were built. Including copies built later, the total number of Heavy Mikes was 957 units, purchased originally by 23 different railroads, primarily in freight service. Some Mikado steam engine are still in service today, employed mostly for tourist or railfan trips.

Road Name History:
Although they may be molded in color, unpainted and unlettered, undecorated products are marketed to modelers who seek to custom decorate their models for private roads and/or road and/or company names that were not commercially produced by any of the major manufacturers.

Undecorated models are frequently also unassembled or only partially assembled and required modelers to be comfortable with glue, paint and sometimes solder in order to prepare their models for display. Materials for these models can vary but often include plastic, pewter and resin. Models may or may not come with decals or other decorations such as plastic signage, railings and ladders to enhance the appearance of the final product.


Brand/Importer Information:
Key Model Imports is an importer of brass locomotives.

Item created by: gdm on 2018-09-22 08:53:17. Last edited by gdm on 2020-06-24 14:33:32

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