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The 1935 Milwaukee Road Hiawatha Project

This classic train will be faithfully recreated in HO and N Scales to celebrate the Trains's 75th Anniversary.

When introduced, the train was lead by the sleek and powerful Class A 4-4-2. Following was America's first Tap - Cafe car, three Coaches, a Parlor car and Milwaukee's unique Beaver Tail Observation.

All will be available in State of the Art Injection molding with numerous add on details. The locomotive will include a smooth and powerful DCC ready drive. Cars will feature metal wheelsets, wire grab irons, knuckle couplers and interiors.

Drawn by the first newly built scientifically streamlined steam locomotives, designed for speed faster
than steam locomotive ever attained heretofore, two Milwaukee Road speed-lined trains were placed in daily service between Chicago and St. Paul-Minneapolis on May 29, 1935. The 410 miles between Chicago and St. Paul are covered in 390 minutes.

Traversing territory rich in Indian lore, the train is named the Hiawatha for the great Mohawk Chief
whose legendary endowments, as immortalized by Longfellow, includes swiftness of foot: 

"He could shoot an arrow from him,
And run forward with such fleetness
That the arrow fell behind him!"
 
The oil-burning steam locomotives were especially designed for this particular service. They have a
steam pressure of 300 lbs.: driving wheels are 7 feet in diameter.

Load weight of the engine is 280,000 lbs. Loaded weight of tender is 247,500 lbs. Length of engine
and tender 85 ft. Boiler pressure 300 lbs. Water capacity of tender 13,000 gals. Fuel oil capacity of tender 4,000 gals. Maximum tractive power 30,700 lbs. The whistle is above the headlight. The bell is directly inside the grating at the extreme front end. The "smoke stack" is just back of the headlight. A smoke elevator lifts the smoke up so that it is carried off above the cars. The housing on the extreme front of the engine may be opened exposing a standard coupler, in the event it is desirable to couple an engine or car to forward end.

All the coaches, the parlor cars and the cafe cars are speed-lined, full size, of welded steel construction, about one third lighter in weight than the cars generally in use. The cafe cars have special buffet features and the luxuriosly appointed coaches have conveniences new to coach patrons. To reduce air resistance the contour of all cars conforms to the locomotive, presenting a smooth unbroken line from head end to the rear of the "beaver tail" cars at the end. All of the cars are air conditioned.

Introduction of the first speed-lined steam train continued the Milwaukee Road's outstanding record
of contributions to modern railroading. It was the first line between Chicago and the Twin Cities and is still the only double tracked route; was the first to use steam heat and electric lights on Chicago-Twin Cities trains and the first to operate all-steel trains between Chicago and the Twin Cities. It was the first line to adopt roller bearings for through passenger trains, and has pioneered in the operation of trains across mountain ranges by electric power, and it is the only railroad operating over its own rails all the way from Chicago to the North Pacific Coast.

Routed via Milwaukee and LaCrosse the new speed trains operate via the line over which the
United States government has routed its mail trains between Chicago and the Twin Cities for more than a half century.

Excerpt from "The Milwaukee Road 1847-1935"

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FVM-MILW Hiawatha Mar 2015 Release : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

Announced March 12th 2016
Best Price Deadline is April 28th 2015
ETA is Late 2015/Early 2016
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FVM-40013 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40013 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive

Milwaukee Road Indian Logo - Road #: 1 - Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive

Announced March 12th 2016
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FVM-40014 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40014 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive

Milwaukee Road Indian/Half Moon - Road #: 4 - Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive

Announced March 12th 2016
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FVM-40015 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive w/Sound : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40015 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive w/Sound

Milwaukee Road Indian Logo - Road #: 1 - Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive with ESU Sound

Announced March 12th 2016
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FVM-40016 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive w/Sound : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40016 MILW Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive w/Sound

Milwaukee Road Indian/Half Moon - Road #: 4 - Class A 4-4-2 Locomotive with ESU Sound

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FVM-40021 MILW Hiawatha Tap-Cafe Car : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40021 MILW Hiawatha Tap-Cafe Car

Milwaukee Road 1935 Hiawatha Tap Cafe Car 

Announced March 12th 2016
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FVM-40022 Milwaukee Road 1948 Scheme Tap-Cafe Car : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40022 Milwaukee Road 1948 Scheme Tap-Cafe Car

Milwaukee Road 1948 Scheme  - Parlor Car

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FVM-40047 Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme Coach Car : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40047 Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme Coach Car

Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme - Road #: 4415 - Coach Car

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FVM-40048 Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme Coach Car : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40048 Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme Coach Car

Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme - Road #: 4424 - Coach Car

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FVM-40049 Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme Coach Car : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40049 Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme Coach Car

Milwaukee Road 1935 Scheme - Road #: 4434 - Coach Car

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FVM-40050 Milwaukee Road 1948 Scheme Coach Car : N Scale : Coming Early 2016

FVM-40050 Milwaukee Road 1948 Scheme Coach Car

Milwaukee Road 1948 Scheme - Road #: 4406  - Coach Car

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