For the first time in N scale, BLI is bringing out the USRA Light and Heavy 2-8-2 designs, commonly called Heavy Mikados and Light Mikados! There were 233 original USRA Heavy 2-8-2’s built plus another 957 copies, covering 23 railroads. It was an extremely successful design. The USRA Heavy Mikados used pretty much the same running gear as the Light Mik’s, but the boilers were 10 inches larger in diameter and they had larger cylinders as well. Tractive effort was about 10% higher for the heavy 2-8-2’s.

As for the USRA Light Mikados, the USRA built 625 total, with 641 copies built after the USRA ended control. With copies, over 50 railroads used the USRA Light 2-8-2’s.

Industry-Leading Features:

•NEW Paragon3 Sound & Operation System FEATURING ROLLING THUNDERTM with Authentic Sounds and Prototypical Operation in both DC and DCC environments
•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
•Premium Caliber Painting with Authentic Paint Schemes
• Prototypical Light Operation with Golden White LED Headlight
•Die Cast Body with Die Cast chassis for Maximum Tractive Effort
•Traction Tires for Additional Tractive Effort
•(2) Operating MicroTrains #1015 or Compatible Couplers
•Separately Applied Handrails, Ladders, Whistle, and Brass Bell
•Will Operate on Code 55, 70, and 80 Rail
•Recommended Minimum Radius: 9.75 inches

Industry-Leading SOUND Features:
•Operates in DC & DCC (use DCMaster for DC Sound)
•Record & Play Operation – Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation
•16-bit Sample Rate for exceptional high frequency sound clarity
•Playback Whistle for multiple whistle lengths and patterns
•Choice of 3 selectable Whistles
•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 or Power Reverse Sound at Direction Change
•Passenger Station Ambient Sounds – Controlled with Function Key
•Freight Yard related radio chatter – Controlled with Function Key
•Lumber Yard Ambient Sounds – Controlled with Function Key
•Farm related radio chatter – Controlled with Function Key
•Crew Radio Communications – Controlled with Function Key
•Maintenance Yard related radio chatter – Controlled with Function Key
•Demo Mode for display and demonstrations
•Grade Crossing Signal – Controlled with Function Key
•Simple Programming with Integral DCC Decoder
•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 most effects