MTH 20-3042-1 Chesapeake & Ohio M-1 Steam Turbine w/Proto-Sound
- O-Gauge, O-Scale
- ProtoSound digital sound and train control system featuring squeaking brakes and freight yard Proto-Effects sounds
- Directionally controlled headlights with Operating ProtoSmoke system
- ABS intricately detailed boiler and Metal chassis
- Die-cast trucks and Die-cast tender body
- 2-precision flywheel equipped motors, 2-remotely controlled ProtoCouplers
- Operates on O-72 track
The steam-turbine-electric (S-T-E principle) locomotive was originally designed in 1938 by General Electric for the Union Pacific Railroad, but the design of this engine was based on an oil-fired locomotive. In the 1940s, the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railroad conferred with officials of Baldwin Locomotive Works and the Westinghouse Electric Company to develop a coal-fired steam-turbine-electric locomotive. The result was the production of the magnificent M-1.
The arrangement of the main components within the unit was somewhat unusual. The coal boiler was at the front of the locomotive, and it was followed by the cab, locomotive boiler, and turbine generator compartment. Right behind the locomotive was the 25,000-gallon water tender. The wheel arrangement was 4-8-0-4-8-4 with 3-axles of each power truck and both axles of the trailing truck powered.