Chessie System (B&O) "1979+" illustrates Chessie I-18s that have been modernized. Specifically, these 1973 Chessie DuBois paint jobs are being offered in their 1979 configuration. What does that mean for these models? First, the Pyle side markers have been replaced with the later era Chessie Box Markers. Gone is the underframe toilet pipe, replaced with the waste holding tank and chlorinator. FRA red flashers have been installed on the ends. And of course, we have duplicated the little lettering additions and changes along the way, like updated COTS panels. Each of these models is slightly different, as we duplicate the specific side and end lettering nuances of the prototype numbers. Lighting features include prototypically dim interior lights, lit box markers, and red flashing end lights. The FRA flashing red end light is worth noting - it has the correct flash rate and decay of the real thing. No "generic" LED flash here!
Dimensional accuracy - designed from meticulous field dimensions with real tape measures
Highly correct "true to life" colors
"Hyper-Accurate" lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
Genuine Kadee scale couplers
"Near-scale" draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side "key" detail
Multiple road numbers for each scheme, as appropriate
"See through" Apex roof walkway
"See through" etched metal end platforms and steps
Unapologetically fine etch metal window screens
Era-specific body details for each RTR scheme, including 2 different bay windows and 2 different scale-sized marker lights - both Pyle and "box" lights - they are really small!
The scale-sized marker lights illuminate and can be controlled to be on or off - on each end - independently
Full ICC Interior - chairs, bunks, desks, lockers, sink and (non-operating) toilet! The interior is accurately and fully-painted with the two-tone green.
The interior is illuminated with (dim!) lights and the scale size Pyle lanterns or square box lights are lit as well
No complicated decoder. No complicated programming. No complicated electronics. It just works, DC or DCC.
Full underbody details - brake system with brake rods and piping, battery box, electrical plugs and conduit, plumbing detail options, axle generator and more
Beautiful side details - wire grab irons, ladder rungs, roof hand holds, and coupler lift bars no "molded in" plastic grab irons here!
Separate air hoses with B&O signature platform-level angle cock shutoff handle detail!
CNC-machined standard RP25 .110" tread 33" wheels
All-New precision Tangent Scale Models 70-ton Gould roller-bearing trucks with separate brake beam part
DC/DCC Compatible track-powered "No Fuss" interior and marker light lighting - simple and easy to operate with included wand