The Southern Pacific railroad was looking for more powerful motive power to compete with arch rival railroad Union Pacific. The SP looked across the pond to German locomotive builder Krauss-Maffei and their powerful ML4000 series of locomotives. The SP ended up splitting an order of six KM’s with the Denver and Rio Grande railroad and in late 1961, the D&RGW took delivery of three ML4000s
Detail is superb. The models come equipped for DC operation with factory installed lighting. The real KM’s were powerful, with two 16 cylinder Maybach diesel engines each, but were prone to wheel slippage through the mountain trackage of the D&RGW. After three years, the D&RGW gave up on the KM’s and sold them to the Southern Pacific railroad. I expect these HO units will fare much better on the mountains of our club layout. They’ll get converted to DCC operation with a trio of Loksound v4.0 sound decoders.
All DCC’d up and rarin’ to go!
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Originally posted 2015-06-23 14:33:51.
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