Designed for optimum-speed passenger service, the J was the last mainline steam locomotive to run in the United States.The Class J 4-8-4 has returned to the Bachmann HO line in a DCC Sound Value version that includes a SoundTraxx steampackage with authentic prototypical chuff, short and long whistles, bell, air pump, steam release, and blowerall in 16-bit polyphonic sound
dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder
separately applied metal parts
alligator cross heads
E-Z Mate Mark II couplers
Performs best on 22" radius curves or greater.
28" would run better.
Interesting Links & Tidbits of the J Class 611
Was it fate that the 611 was the chosen to restored or was it by accident?
There is one notable accident in the J class's service history, when on January 23, 1956, No. 611 derailed along the Tug River near Cedar, West Virginia while pulling The Pocahontas. It was determined that the engineer ran the engine at an excessive speed around a curve and its high center of gravity caused it to flip on its side. The 611 was repaired and continued revenue passenger service.