Aliens at Roswell. Area 51. The Loch Ness Monster. Sasquatch, Big Foot, Yetti. Broadway Limited Imports Baldwin RF-16 Sharks. All mythical, until now.
On the eve of the National Train Show, Walthers posted new part numbers and an ETA for these long-desired beasts. Model Railroader magazine included the announcement in its train show coverage. And PRRT&HS president Bruce Smith has reported seeing the test shots in person.
Who can even remember how long it's been since they were first announced. The important facts are that they have been seen, there is a reservation deadline of August 18, 2013, and an expected delivery date of January, 2014.
Model Railroader reports plastic and die-cast metal construction, Paragon2 sound and operation system, and Kadee-compatible knuckle couplers. MSRP: A or B unit, $279.99; A-B set, $399.99.
Walthers shows two A-B sets offered, one standalone A unit, and one standalone B unit. All are in the relatively rare (but correct) five stripe scheme for freight service.