Broadway Limited Imports has announced the iconic PRR streamlined K4s 4-6-2 in HO scale.
A number of K4s locomotives had streamlining applied over the years. All were later removed, restoring the locomotives to their original appearance.
In February 1936, locomotive #3768 was clad in a shroud designed by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy. This highly concealing, enveloping streamlined casing hid most of the functionality of the steam locomotive, leading to the nickname of "The Torpedo" by its crews.
At first, the locomotive was not painted in standard Dark Green Locomotive Enamel (DGLE) but instead in a bronze color. It was later refinished in DGLE. A matching tender ran on unusual six-wheel trucks. Like most streamlined steam locomotives, the shrouds impeded maintenance and the covers over the wheels were later removed. For a time, the locomotive was the prefered engine for the Broadway Limited train.
MSRP is $499. The ETA is unknown at this time. The following five versions are being offered:
- 4432 Streamlined PRR K4s, #3768, 1936 Version, Bronze Paint, As-Delivered High-Mounted Keystone, 180P75 Tender
- 4433 Streamlined PRR K4s, #3768, 1936 Version, Bronze Paint, Low-Mounted Keystone, 180P75 Tender
- 4434 Streamlined PRR K4s, #3768, 1936 Version, Later DGLE Paint, Low-Mounted Keystone, 180P75 Tender
- 4435 Streamlined PRR K4s, Unlettered, 1936 Version, Bronze Paint, 180P75 Tender
- 4436 Streamlined PRR K4s, Unlettered, 1936 Version, DGLE Paint, 180P75 Tender
This locomotive is being produced with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS).