HO 2-8-0 Consolidation Steam Locomotives
The first 2-8-0 was built in 1866 for the Lehigh Valley and was named Consolidation to honor the recent merger which formed the railroad. This new wheel arrangement was truly "ahead of its time." Designed more for pulling power than speed, railroads were generally slow to begin using the Consolidation because their 2-6-0 Moguls were adequate for the tasks at hand.
It wasn't until the turn-of-the-century that the 2-8-0 gained widespread acceptance and became the workhorse of freight service. Only after the introduction of the 2-8-2 Mikado in 1911, were the 2-8-0s relegated to yard switching and helper service. More than 21,000 Consolidations were built over an 86 year period and most railroads owned more 2-8-0s than they did locomotives of any other wheel arrangement.
Powerful can motor
Precision gear transmission
Fully operational valve gear
Smooth, quiet mechanism
Excellent low speed control
Finely molded details
Operating pilot coupler
Electrical pick-up from each rail in both engine and tender
IHC's universal Magic Mate coupler body-mounted on tender
Diode-controlled reversing tender light
Nickel silver handrails and coupler lift bars
Negotiates 15" radius curves
Note: All prices in US Dollars