You've asked for it... and now it is finally almost here! Broadway Limited Imports has finally announced their PRR Class H10s 2-8-0 consolidation, a work horse of the Pennsy steam fleet! Year after year, the H10s has been a top vote getter on the Keystone Crossings' annual PRR Modeler's Needs Assessment Survey.
According to Wikipedia, "The Pennsylvania Railroad's class H8, H9s and H10s steam locomotives were of the 2-8-0 'Consolidation' type, the last three classes of such built by the railroad. The three classes differed only in cylinder diameter and thus tractive effort, each subsequent class increasing that measurement by an inch. The first H8 was built in 1907 and the last H10 in 1916; within a few years they were replaced on heavy freight assignments by 2-8-2s and 2-10-0. They became the railroad's standard light freight locomotive, replacing all other class H 2-8-0s, and a number remained in service until the end of PRR steam locomotive operation in 1957. 968 class H8 of various subclasses were constructed, along with 274 class H9s and 273 class H10s."
The Steam Roster on Keystone Crossings indicates there were 555 numbers assigned to H10s locomotives over the years. You can check various MP229, Assignment of Locomotives documents to see where they were assigned over time.
The models feature Paragon2 Sound/DC/DCC. UPDATE: Bruce Smith, the PRRT&HS Modeling Committee lead for the project, writes "The H10s from BLI will have a 7' cab with a 81" deck height, and 80F81 tender with 'Lines West' hood." Also, "Post 1941 paint, claw foot markers, original position headlight and generator, footboard pilot."
Five versions are offered, each with an MSRP of $399.99 and due in Spring 2013...
- 2320 PRR H10s, 2-8-0, #8022
- 2321 PRR H10s, 2-8-0, #8304
- 2322 PRR H10s, 2-8-0, #8421
- 2323 PRR H10s, 2-8-0, #9915
- 2324 Unlettered / Unnumbered