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Kato N 1260303 4-8-4 Lima Locomotive Works GS-4, Southern Pacific "World War II Scheme" #4431 (DCC Friendly)
Kato N 1260303 4-8-4 Lima Locomotive Works GS-4, Southern Pacific "World War II Scheme" #4431 (DCC Friendly)

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In addition to the standard illuminated locomotive number boards which bear the identification of the engine, the GS-4 had train number boards that would identify whether the train was northbound or southbound (or if the GS-4 was performing extra duty services, in which case it would bear an X and then its locomotive number on the board.) Each Kato GS-4 includes replacement boards so you can pick the appropriate train number, or if you want your GS-4 to be performing non-standard passenger service.

    * Like the real GS-4 locomotive, the N scale GS-4 has a mars light and uses stainless steel side rods to pull its "Daylight" consist.
    * The Powerful 4-8-4 GS-4 is designed to be able to pull its full 18-car "Morning Daylight" consist unassisted ... and up a 4% grade.

GS-4 History

The GS-4 runs on eight massive 80" drivers, 300lbs psi boiler pressure, and puts out a roaring 5,500 horsepower at 55mph, with a maximum speed of 110 mph. The large drivers gave the locomotive a high top speed; the telling mark of a steam engine built for passenger service. The GS-4 was built for the Southern Pacific Railroad by the Lima Locomotive Works and delivered in the early 1940's for the SP's premier passenger trains, finding its way to the Daylight series of name trains. One of the more unique specifications for the GS-4 by the SP was its Mars light, a necessity with the large amount of grade crossings and fog present on the West Coast. The Mars light, like ditch lights on modern locomotives, was utilized as a warning for grade crossings that a high speed train was approaching, its shifting light patterns serving as an eye catcher in foggy conditions.

Originally delivered in "Daylight" colors, many GS-4's were repainted by the SP in wartime black to reduce paint maintenance (and make them less visible in the event of air raids), with "Southern Pacific Lines" lettering and with full skirting. These locomotives represent the first group of GS-4 locomotives delivered in April and May of 1941 which were assigned to the Coast and Los Angeles Divisions. They were used to pull the "Morning Daylight" and other Southern Pacific trains such as the "Coast Mail", but were also used in freight service.

Designed to accompany the Kato Southern Pacific "Morning Daylight" Passenger Train sets, able to pull all 18 cars without assistance Drivers are operated by functional side rods for smooth performance Electrical pickup from both driver and tender for constant electrical connection Directional, operating (simulated) Mars light Directional headlight Illuminated number boards Detailed cab interior Front and rear Kato magnetic knuckle couplers All detail parts installed DCC friendly design, designed to take the EM13 Motor Function Decoder (Item #29-351)

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