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Bachmann N-Scale NYC J-3 Hudson (DCC & Sound) Pre-Order

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Lettering & Versions As delivered, Roman Lettering, #5420
As delivered, Roman Lettering,#5426
Later version, Gothic Lettering #5405
Later version, Gothic Lettering #5445
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Bachmann N-Scale NYC J-3 Hudson (DCC & Sound)


Bachmann #s 53651/52/53/54 Road #s 5405/5420/5426/5445

The Hudson came into being because the existing 4-6-2 Pacific power was not able to keep up with the demands of longer, heavier trains and higher speeds. Given NYC's axle load limits, Pacific could not be made any larger; a new locomotive type would be required to carry the larger boilers. Lima Locomotive Works' conception of superpower steam as realized in the 2-8-4 Berkshire type was the predecessor to the Hudson. The 2-8-4's 4-wheel trailing truck permitted a huge firebox to be located after the boiler. The resulting greater steaming rate ensured that such a locomotive would never run out of power at speed, a common failing of older locomotives. Applying the ideas of the freight-minded Berkshire type to the Pacific resulted in a 4-6-4 locomotive.

NYC ordered prototype No. 5200 from Alco, and subjected it to intensive testing. A fleet of 205 J-1 class Hudsons were eventually built, including 30 each for the Michigan Central Railroad (MC road numbers 8200-8229) and the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (“Big Four” - road numbers 6600-6629). In addition, NYC subsidiary Boston & Albany Railroad ordered 20 J-2 class (B&A road numbers 600-619), the latter 10 from Lima Locomotive Works (all other NYC Hudsons were built by Alco’s Schenectady works).[1] A later development were 50 J-3a class Super Hudsons in 1937–1938, with many modern appliances and innovations. After the MC, Big 4, and B&A locomotives were incorporated into the NYC numbering, the NYC Hudson locomotives had road numbers ranging from 5200 to 5474. The NYC J-1 road numbers were 5200-5344, the MC J-1s became NYC 5345-5374, the Big 4 J-1s became NYC 5375-5404, the J-2s (all from B&A) became NYC road numbers 5455-5474, and the J-3 road numbers were 5405-5454. The J-2 numbers are last because they were transferred to the NYC after the J-3 deliveries.


  • DCC Econami sound equipped
  • Dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder
  • Precision motor
  • Authentic Boxpok-style drivers
  • Operating headlight and tender backup light
  • Completely hidden drive train
  • Gear drive
  • Separate detail parts, including bell, whistle, pop valves, and handrails
  • E-Z Mate Mark II couplers, front and rear
  • Extra front dummy coupler in down position
  • Die-cast chassis
  • Metal driver axle bearings
  • Performs best on 11.25" radius curves or greater
  • Comes in four versions
    • As delivered, Roman lettering, #s 5420/5426
    • As later, Gothic lettering, #s 5405/5445
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MSRP $439.00 NYCSHS member price is $351.20 and that is 20% off MSRP.

Expected delivery late Fall 2020

Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.

Expected Production  Late Fall 2020

Posted 8/10/20

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