This engine was part of a set that was the first MTH train I ever bought. I picked it up from Sears (yeah, of all places) at Christmastime. It's pretty much the
lowest-end RailKing engine as far as detail goes, and it has what MTH calls "Loco-Sound" which is their really cheap version of sound. The bell, whistle and
chug-chug sound very digital and not at all real, but hey, it was a good price, is a really solid and tough little engine and the smoke unit coordinates with the
wheels. As such, today it is the engine we
run around the Christmas tree and has been dubbed the "Jared & Devin Express."
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Here's some history...
The 2-8-0 Consolidation was America's standard freight engine for more than forty years, from 1868-1910. And even after railroads began to order 2-8-2 Mikados in its place, this workhorse remained on Class-1 rosters for decades, doing branchline, local way freight, and occasional switching duties.