Kato SP 4449
The SP 4449 GS-4 Steam Engine is famous for its red, black, and orange paint. The 300 psi boiler drives the eight eighty-inch drive wheels with 5,500 horsepower! This 3rd largest steam engine ever built will reach speeds up to 110 mph!
This steam engine was built for passenger service.The GS-4 was built for the Southern Pacific Railroad by the Lima Locomotive Works and delivered in the early 1940’s for the SP’s premier passenger trains, finding its way to the Daylight series of name trains.
Its Mars light was unique; a necessity with all the large amount of grade crossings and fog present on the West Coast. The Mars light, like ditch lights on modern locomotives, was utilized as a warning for grade crossings that a high speed train was approaching, its shifting light patterns was an eye catcher in foggy conditions. Want to see the real thing? It's housed by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation here in Portland at 2250 SE Water Ave. Check their web site for more info.
The Hobby Smith Model Train Store
The Hobby Smith Model Train Store where diligent customer service is our commitment. We are a full service model railroad store with a large inventory of new and used model trains and accessories for sale. We also have a large in-store operating layout. Our offerings include special orders, repairs, DCC installations, consignments, and advice. We offer discounts on Z, N, HO, and O scales as well as Marklin, Walthers Athearn, Roundhouse and other locomotive and rolling stock manufacturers. Our store has a good selection of books, videos, paints and scenery material. We welcome our customers to join in during operation sessions on our in-store layout. Just call ahead so we know your coming.