The PRRs class P5 comprised 92 mixed-traffic electric locomotives constructed
19311935 by the PRR, Westinghouse and General Electric. Although the original
intention was that they work passenger trains, the success of the GG1 meant that
the P5 class were mostly used on freight. A single survivor, prototype #4700, is
at the Museum of Transportation in St Louis, Missouri.
The first P5s were built with box cabs. A grade crossing accident in which the crew were killed led to the substitution of a streamlined steeple type cab in later production, a design which was also applied to the GG1.
Orders were placed for 90 production locomotives classified P5a due to minor changes from the prototypes. Production was split between General Electric and Westinghouse. The GE examples were assembled at GEs Erie, Pennsylvania facility, still a locomotive assembly plant today--while final assembly for the Westinghouse order was subcontracted to the Baldwin Locomotive Works.
This is Broadway Limited's first production of the P5a in N scale. We are offering one model type detailed for passenger service and a second type with the details of a freight service locomotive. The most noticeable differences are that the passenger service locomotives have a smokestack and also classification lights at the roof corners. Within the two types, we are offering five paint schemes, and two unlettered models (one passenger and one freight-type).
Industry-leading Model Features:
Paragon4 Sound & Control System featuring ROLLING THUNDER
Integral Dual-Mode Decoder with Back EMF for Superb Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC
Precision Drive Mechanism Engineered for Heavy Towing and Smooth Slow Speed Operation
All Wheel Electrical Pick-up, including the wheels on the leading and trailing trucks
Die Cast Body with Die Cast Chassis for Maximum Tractive Effort
Premium Caliber Painting
Prototypically Accurate Paint Schemes and Road Numbers
Operating pantographs (unpowered)
Many Separately Applied Details such as Handrails, Grab Irons, Smokestacks, Class Lights, Horn, and Bell
Prototypical Light Operation
Prototypically Accurate Sounds for the PRR P5a Electrics
Two Operating Microtrains-compatible Couplers (2)
Will Operate on Code 55, Code 70, and Code 80 Rail
Minimum Operating Radius: 9 inches
Broadway Limited Imports is proud to introduce Paragon4: The new benchmark for premium HO sound-equipped locomotives. These DC and DCC-Sound equipped locomotives feature the ALL-NEW Paragon4 sound and control system. Each Paragon4 locomotive comes with BLI's own integral DCC Decoder factory installed. Paragon4 locomotives offer Dual Mode DC and DCC operation with superb back EMF motor control, improved DC motor control, built-in capacitor pack for more reliable electrical pick-up, industry best on-board sound with Rolling Thunder functionality, Pro Lighting Mode for prototypical light control, Switcher model for precise low speed control, recordable DCC operation for automated playback, and the same excellent detail level as Broadway Limited's Paragon3 Series models.
Paragon4 Sound & Control System Features:
Operates in DC & DCC with improved DC speed control (use DCMaster for DC Sound)
Built-In extra capacitance to navigate imperfect track
Pro Lighting Mode offers individual control of all lights on model
Switcher Mode for precise low speed control
Record & Play Operation - Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation
High Resolution Audio
Quillable Horn for various whistle lengths and patterns
Choice of 3 selectable Horns
Alternate Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam whistle - both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played
Adjustable bell ringing interval for faster or slower bell
Numerous user-mappable functions with available keys
Multiple realistic passenger and crew sounds play on command
Grade Crossing Automatic Signal
Automatic Forward / Reverse Signal
Prime Mover sound intensity varies with load
Individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect
EZ Reset Button for quick return to factory default settings
**Specifications on this page subject to change.
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