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MTH 80-2141-1, HO Scale Milwaukee Road GE E-2 Bi-Polar Electric, #E-1


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MSRP: $449.95

Product Description

MTH HO Scale Milwaukee Road GE E-2 Bi-Polar Electric
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) 1948 Olympian, Cab No. E-1

MTH Item #80-2141-1

MTH’s scale replica of Milwaukee Roads Bi-Polar fleet is sure to look just as stunning as the original. With prototypical rule 17 lighting, remotely controlled directionally activated operating pantographs and the excitement of Proto-Sound 3.0, this locomotive is certain to make a realistic addition to any collection.

Product Features

  • Features Die-Cast Body Authentic Paint Scheme & Cab Numbers
  • RP-25 Metal Wheels Mounted On Metal Axles
  • Constant Voltage, Directional Headlights
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Remotely Controlled, Directionally Activated Operating Pantographs
  • Detailed Truck Sides Detailed Cab Interior
  • Powerful 12-Volt 5-Pole Precision Skew-Wound Flywheel Equipped Motor
  • (2) Scale Kadee Compatible Remotely Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • (2) User-Installed Kadee Compatible Magnetic Couplers
  • Metal Handrails and Decorative Bell
  • Decorative Metal Horn
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Interchangeable Traction Tire-Equipped Drive Wheels
  • On-Board DCC Receiver
  • Operates On Code 70, 83, & 100 Rail Curves
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won’t have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.

Function Listing: When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:

  • FO: Headlight
  • F1: Bell
  • F2: Whistle/Horn
  • F3: Start Up/Shut Down
  • F4: Rear Coupler
  • F5: Front Coupler
  • F6: Engine Sounds On/Off
  • F7: Sound Volume
  • F8: Ditch Lights Auto/On/Off
  • F9: Forward Signal
  • F10: Reverse Signal
  • F11: Grade Crossing Signal
  • F12: Cab Light On/Off
  • F13: Extended Start Up
  • F14: Extended Shut Down
  • F15: Rev Up
  • F16: Rev Down
  • F17: Coupler Slack Sound
  • F18: Coupler Close
  • F19: One-Shot Doppler
  • F20: Feature Reset
  • F21: Idle Sequence 1
  • F22: Idle Sequence 2
  • F23: Idle Sequence 3
  • F24: Ditch Lights Auto/On/Off
  • F25: Brakes Auto/Off
  • F26: Cab Chatter Auto/Off
  • F27: Clickety-Clack Auto/Off
  • F28: Coupler Slack Sound

A Short History:

Dubbed the ‘silent locomotive’, General Electric’s E-2 Bi-Polar ushered in a new dawn of electrification for Milwaukee Road, in 1919. While the engine produced 3,200hp and 1,00 volts to each of its traction motors, the Bi-Polar made no whine or gear tooth growl. At 76′ in length and weighing 265 tons, the Bi-Polar would come to revolutionize the industry.

Briefly tabbed as ‘the mightiest electric locomotives in the world’, the EM-2 Bi-Polar arrived at Milwaukee Road in December of 1919. Numbered 10250-10254 these engines were designed to pull any normal passenger train in the railroads roster, singly, and were therefore built without multiple-unit controls. At the staggering cost of $200,000 an engine, many railroads found it too expensive to own an entire fleet of Bi-Polar’s. Milwaukee Road however, closely identified with the Bi-Polar, making the engine the backbone of the railroads passenger service, powering the trains over the railroads mountainous western routes.

The Bi-Polar’s speed was also something of note, as mentioned in Noel T. Holley’s The Milwaukee Electrics, Ralph Edwards reminisced about the engines, stating, “They were quick. If you reached out and grabbed a handful of notches, those babies would get right out and move. The acceleration was much quicker than a diesel and much quicker than E22 and E23. They moved out in a hurry, and they were absolutely silent”.


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