O Gauge 3-Rail MTH 20-3350-1 C&O M-1 Steam Turbine Electric Passenger Train Set
Welcome to MODEL TRAIN MARKET - Your Source for Rare, Hard-To-Find & Out of Production Model Trains. O Gauge 3-Rail MTH 20-3350-1 C&O M-1 Steam Turbine Electric Passenger Train Set. Chesapeake & Ohio #501 with Tender and 4-Car Passenger Set.
Cosmetic Condition: C-8 Like New. Lighting Features : Directional Lights, Number Boards, Class Lights, Passenger Interior. TMCC Status : No TMCC/Not TMCC Compatible. Sound Status : Yes - Tested & Works. Approximate Coupler to Coupler Measurements: 38 Engine & Tender.
The Chesapeake and Ohio M-1 was the longest passenger locomotive ever built - and perhaps one of the most ill-conceived. In the waning days of steam power, when it was clear to almost anybody that diesel was the new king, a few railroads and most of the steam locomotive builders resorted to desperate measures to give steam one more chance.But even in that experimental era, the M-1 was odd. It was an attempt to combine the power source of a steam locomotive - the boiler - with the running gear of a diesel or electric - a series of relatively small wheels with an electric motor on each axle. The link between the two was a steam-powered turbine that drove a pair of electric generators. How the M-1 came to be is somewhat uncertain.
The standard story is that Robert R. Young, the C&O's energetic and idealistic Chairman of the Board, wanted the postwar C&O to establish passenger service that would be second to none.
This meant the engineer and fireman had the electrical and turbine controls in front of them, but the firebox and the boiler controls behind them. In those pre-computer days, an M-1 engineer had to be superb at multitasking, with controls and gauges in front and behind, and an engine that tended to slip or run out of steam. To top it off, if an axle slipped too badly the engine would automatically shut down and force the crew to start up again from idle.Finally, behind the boiler lay the steam turbine and the generators that provided power to the 10 axle-mounted electric motors - four on each of the large main trucks and two on the trailing truck. Behind the engine was a tender carrying water only - 25,000 gallons of it, again more than a Big Boy. At the front of the tender, a door gave access to a passage into the turbine and generator compartment of the locomotive, which was inaccessible from the cab. Poor performance and the inevitable onslaught of diesels combined to give the M-1 a short life.
The M-1 is offered in its as-delivered orange paint scheme to match the Chessie cars. M-1 Steam Turbine and Tender. Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell.
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