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P-5a Box Cab Electric Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Pennsylvania

P-5a Box Cab Electric Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Pennsylvania

$945.95 CAD

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Conceived in 1931, the Pennsy's P5a was intended to be the last step in the search for a mainline "juice jack" that had begun with the FF1 in 1917. A collaboration between General Electric, Westinghouse, and the Pennsy's electrical staff, the design proved to be a winner. Engine crews liked the P5a's because they were smooth, powerful, and cleaner than the K4s Pacifics they displaced on many runs. Six 625 hp electric motors geared to three axles with 72-inch drivers gave the new engine 3,750 continuous horsepower and a top speed of 90 mph on passenger runs.

But the success of the Pennsy's passenger service proved too much for the P5a, whose limit was about 8-10 cars on high-speed runs. The introduction of the GG1 in 1934 allowed the Pennsy to operate longer passenger trains with a single locomotive, and pushed the P5a into freight service - where it found its true calling. Regeared to a top speed of 70 mph, the P5a fleetbecame the backbone of electric freight service on the Pennsy for the next several decades.

The P5a's were originally built with box cabs and, like all box cab locomotives, made engine crews a bit nervous about their exposure in an accident. After a grade crossing collision with a truckload of apples proved fatal for the crew, the final 28 P5a's built in 1934 and 1935 were redesigned with a center cab in the image of the GG1 and labeled P5a Modifieds. In freight service, P5a's were frequently double- and triple-headed; when available, a P5a Modified was used as the lead unit for crew safety.

The P5a Boxcab rejoins the Premier Line in 2020, a perfect companion for our previously-released P5a Modified. This model is equally at home hustling passenger varnish or dragging a long freight -and thanks to Proto-Sound 3.0, you can easily double- or triple-head boxcab and modified versions just like the prototype.

Cab No. 4710

  • Intricately Detailed, Die-Cast Metal Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides & Pilots
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • (2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights
  • Lighted LED Marker Lights
  • Illuminated LED Number Boards
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Operating Mechanical Pantographs
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures: 20" x 2 5/8" x 4"
  • Operates On O-72 Curves Diesel DCC Features

Product Item Number

  • 20-5737-1


Product Line: 

  • O Scale

This product is compatible with all O Gauge 3-Rail track systems including those systems offered by Atlas and Gargraves and Lionel and Ross Custom Switches.

    Our pricing is in CANADIAN dollars. Please take that into account if you are comparing products from other websites that may be based in the USA and displaying US dollars. If you do the math you will find that our pricing is competitive. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.

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