Broadway Limited Imports presents the most accurate and desirable Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson ever produced in HO Scale. In the summer of 1934, J-1e Hudson #5344 was pulled from service and sent to West Albany to be fitted with the first sheet metal shroud in America. Painted gun-metal gray with aluminum trim, the locomotive was named “Commodore Vanderbilt”, after the successful US businessman who previously owned the NYC railroad.

Developed by the Case School of Applied Science, the shroud covered the locomotive and tender. The shroud was not just for looks, but rather was well-planned and functional. Hinged panels made maintenance points accessible, and a grilled recess on top of the cowling aided the updraft of smoke. Two major benefits of streamlining were improved air flow and improved insulation. Engineers estimate a 2% aid to air flow and the shell certainly minimizes heat loss. Unfortunately the disadvantages of increased weight and exta maintenance tended to outweigh the benefits.

The Commodore Vanderbilt had her inaugural trip on February 19, 1935. After working for about 8 months, she was sent to West Albany Shops for further improvements. Boiler pressure was increased to 250 lbs, roller bearings were applied to the side rods, and disc drivers replaced the original spoked drivers. #5344 maintainted this appearance until July 1939, when she was returned to the shops again and given a shroud similar to the Dreyfuss Hudsons for the 20th Century Limited.

In this production, Broadway Limited Imports is offering this HO scale Vanderbilt Hudson in her original appearance with spoked drivers, and also in her later and longer-lasting appearance with roller-bearing siderods and disc drivers. This model is ready to run on 18″ radius curves. To accomplish this, they removed two small pieces of shrouding at the front, and the locomotive has a modified rear trailing truck. The two shroud pieces and a prototypically accurate trailing truck are included in the box, and can be easily installed as desired. The model has a die cast boiler and tender body, and all models come with the Paragon4 DC/DCC Sound System with synchronized puffing smoke and integral GoPack capacitor.

Industry-leading Model Features:
•ALL-NEW Paragon4 Sound & Control System
•Synchronized Puffing Smoke with Chuff Sound
•Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and timing
•Integral DCC Decoder with Back EMF for Industry Best Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC
•Precision Drive Mechanism engineered for continuous heavy load towing and smooth slow speed operation
•5-Pole Can Motor with Skew Wound Armature
•Heavy Die Cast Boiler, Tender Body, and Chassis for Increased Tractive Effort
•Premium Caliber Painting with Authentic Paint Scheme
•Prototypical Light Operation with Separately Controllable Headlight, Reverse Light, and Cab Light
•Factory-installed Engineer and Fireman Figures
•Prototypically Accurate Models for As-Delivered and In-Service Appearances
•Many Separately Applied Details such as Handrails, Grab Irons, Ladders, Piping, Cab Glass, Whistle, Brass Bell, and Many Others
•Equipped with Rubber Traction Tires for Increased Pulling Power
•Recommended Minimum Radius: 18 inches
•Accurate Prototypical Sounds for the NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Locomotive

This DC and DCC-Sound equipped locomotive features the 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 capacitor pack to navigate imperfect track
•Capacitor Pack automatically disabled on program track for full compatibility with JMRI Decoder Pro
•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 Whistle 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
•Johnson Bar Sound at Direction Change
•Multiple realistic passenger and crew sounds play on command
•Grade Crossing Automatic Signal
•Automatic Forward / Reverse Signal – When activated, stopping triggers and stop whistle toot. When moving forward from a stopped position, toots twice. When moving in reverse. toots three times.
•Chuff sound intensity varies with load
•Individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect
•EZ Reset Button for quick return to factory default settings

**Specifications of this model is subject to change. Check directly with Broadway Limited Imports for updates or clarification of descriptions and features.