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HO Scale Brass Model Train from Pacific Fast Mail / United

DMI&R Duluth Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Locomotive & Tender
  • Custom Painted and Decal Lettered 
  • Very Rare model, only 50 made, and this is from the 2nd run of 25 with all drivers powered
  • Powered w/ Open-Frame Motor - Runs Well but has the typical gear/motor noise
  • No Operating Lights
  • No Back-head/In-Cab Detail
  • The number "13" has been etched on the rear cab wall
  • Comes in a reboxx + the box that the previous owner received it in which has a handwritten label
A LITTLE M-4 HISTORY:

The DM&IR hauled iron ore in Minnesota. Iron ore is heavy and the DM&IR operated long trains of ore cars, requiring maximum power. These locomotives were based upon ten 2-8-8-2s that Baldwin had built in the 1930s for the WP. The need for a larger, coal-burning firebox and a longer, all-weather cab led to the use of a four-wheel trailing truck, giving them the "Yellowstone" wheel arrangement. They were the most powerful Yellowstones built, producing 140,000 lbf (620 kN) of tractive effort, and had the most weight on drivers so that they were not prone to slipping.

Eight locomotives (class M-3) were built by Baldwin in 1941. The Yellowstones met or exceeded the DM&IR specifications, so 10 more were ordered (class M-4). The second batch was completed in late 1943 after the Missabe's seasonal downturn in ore traffic, so some of the new M-4s were leased to and delivered directly to the D&RGW.

The next winter, the D&RGW again leased the DM&IR's Yellowstones as helpers over Tennessee Pass, CO, and for other freight duties. The Rio Grande returned the Yellowstones after air-brake failure caused No. 224 to wreck on the Fireclay Loop.

DM&IRs were the only Yellowstones to have a high-capacity pedestal or centipede tender, and had roller bearings on all axles. Some of the locomotives had a cylindrical Elesco FWH ahead of the smoke stack, while others had a Worthington unit with its rectangular box in the same location.

Only one Yellowstone was retired before dieselization took place on the Missabe; No. 237 was sold for scrap after a wreck. The rest of the 2-8-8-4s were retired between 1958 and 1963 as diesel locomotives took over.

Of the eighteen built, three survive and are on display in Minnesota: No. 225 at Proctor, No. 227 at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, and No. 229 at Two Harbors.

Grading
Condition: Excellent - Light Use
Wheel Wear: Little to None
Paint: Custom Paint
Rarity: Very Rare
Brass Guide Information
BG-SKU: 22724
Scale: HO
Importer: Pacific Fast Mail
Category: Steam
Builder: ATL/TOBY
Road: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range
Type: ARTICULATED
Description: M-4
Whyte: 2-8-8-4
Year(s): 1960
Catalog No: CR
Notes: BLUE BOX - UNITED LABEL PASTED ON - ALL DRIVERS POWERED - CAB WINDOWS CLOSED - HEADLIGHT CASTING

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