#ScaleTrains #TunnelMotor #HOScale #ProductSpotlight
This product spotlight comes courtesy of TSG Train Crew member James Brassill, who loaned his recently-acquired tunnel motor to TSG for this episode. This is the Scaletrains.com Rivet Counter HO Scale SD40T-2, with ESU LokSound v5 DCC and sound.
From Scale Trains’ website:
Due to their rugged operating environment, stretching from the Pacific coast, to the Sierra Nevada, to the deserts of the Southwest, Southern Pacific Railroad, and its subsidiary, the St. Louis-Southwestern (aka Cotton Belt), weren’t shy about ordering specialized equipment. The famed AC-series “Cab Forward” articulated steam locomotives were one example, designed with tunnel and snowshed operation in mind. Partway into SP’s diesel era, the tunnels and snow sheds common on the western half of the system would again prove to be an operational headache, thanks to locomotives overheating during long pulls in their cramped confines. Once they overheat, thermostatic controls would automatically make the unit reduce its output, or even shut down altogether, resulting in a loss of horsepower that may be enough to stall the train…
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