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Review: MTH’s RailKing SW1

By Bob Keller | November 20, 2021

这个小O量规开关在声音、细节和乐趣上都很重要

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MTH RailKing SW1

MTH RailKing SW1

蒸汽机车确实是了不起的交通工具, but they basically shook themselves apart as they ran. 因此,它们需要大量的照料和喂养来保持服务.

Accordingly, 铁路需要包括发动机车间在内的大量支持网络, turntables, water towers, and a virtual army of skilled and unskilled workers.

即使在过去工资较低的时代,成本也是巨大的,而且是不可忽视的. So, 曾经有许多公司开始摆弄内燃机, it caught management’s eye. Railroad management being inherently conservative, 在新技术证明自己之前,没有人想要废除现行的制度.

美国电动汽车公司(Electro Motive Corporation, EMC)的SW1在展示柴油发动机的功效方面迈出了一小步. It was a compact locomotive; at 44 feet in length, it was just a tad longer than a typical boxcar. 它有一个600马力的原动机,大小和输出大致相同的现代公路卡车.

与蒸汽相比,操作的成本效率是一个主要的优势. 标准化的部件和维修意味着铁路不再需要雇佣大批机械师, 锅炉制造商和管道安装工人为开关车队提供服务.

从1938年到1953年,为60多条铁路、各种行业和公用事业建设了600多座sw1. A handful are still in operational condition; others are preserved in museums.

500购彩从MTH电动列车的RailKing线的O规样本是为Metra字母, 芝加哥地区运输局的“重型铁路”部分, 继承了芝加哥等著名航空公司运营的通勤线路 & North Western, Illinois Central, and Rock Island.

油漆和字母反映了Metra的“1点”——一个前伊利诺伊中央单位,直到最近才为该航空公司工作.

Opening the Box

As a kid, I had only three Lionel locomotives: a no. 2018 2-6-4 steamer and two diesel switchers – nos. 41 US Army switcher and 6250 Seaboard NW2. 这些换车的人实际上是我的主要货运司机,所以我很喜欢他们的位置.

奇怪的是,这个RailKing柴油转换器给我的印象是既务实又可爱.

Side view of MTH RailKing

RailKing SW1非常漂亮,从处理4 × 8 O-27布局上的杂务到在院子或工厂里移动汽车,看起来都很合适,这个三轨帝国占据了整个地下室. 从一个耦合器到另一个耦合器的尺寸只有12英寸,它将在较大的转换器中脱颖而出.

驾驶员面对着长长的引擎盖,表示“前进”,所以出租车可以被称为“后方”. Being a RailKing model, the pilot is fairly basic. The truck has cast-in grab irons and uncoupler arms. There’s some nice cast-in rivet detail, and the brakeman’s steps are smooth, as are the pilot’s side steps. 所有甲板表面都有安全踏板,包括驾驶室入口.

The cab is basic, with two crew figures. 罐式电机的头部占据了大部分可用空间. 上面,屋顶显示熟悉的弯曲顶部发现大多数电动开关. On the long hood side, 有三个大窗户和一个附加喇叭安装在屋檐下.

There are cast-in vents on the sides of the battery boxes. The sides of the hood have cast-in hinge and latch detail, and a white handrail runs the length of the body. About halfway up the hood, 有三个引线抓铁向上和两个角度抓铁在引擎盖屋顶. 我几乎错过了这些细节,因为它们是蓝色而不是白色,与制服融合在一起.

Up top you’ll find a single stack. 有浇注铆钉,接缝和门闩细节,可能是为了维修. 也有铸造百叶细节和一个铃铛安装在后面的大灯.

前端镜子的细节驾驶室结束与扶手和前灯. 鼻子,然而,有一个进气口与一些非常精细的屏幕细节. 就在屏幕前面是一个带有两个附加抓铁的弯曲设备盒. Painting and decoration are great – the wide, bright lettering makes it clear who owns the locomotive, and the Metra lettering contrasts nicely with blue. 甚至有一个细细的黄色安全条纹沿着框架与“F”前面的引擎盖结束.

On the test track

The RailKing SW1 has ProtoSound 3.0,通过变压器或MTH数字指挥系统手持控制器提供控制. 你也可以在智能手机和其他设备上使用MTH应用程序.

The first time I powered up the model nothing happened. 这并不是一个小故障,因为,正如我在之前对PS3火车头的评论中所指出的,有一个延迟. Just when you think something’s wrong, it powers up.

In the end, there were no issues. 我离开轨道电源在18伏大约10分钟,然后再次启动它. 引擎正常启动,并在随后的开关序列.

Front of MTH RailKing
Painting and decoration are great – the wide, bright lettering makes it clear who owns the locomotive, and the Metra lettering contrasts nicely with blue. 甚至有一个细细的黄色安全条纹沿着框架与“F”前面的引擎盖结束.

The model has two can-style motors and remote couplers. 由于它的小尺寸,没有空间为一个烟雾单位,所以不要倒液体堆栈!

Operation was flawless. 我用SW1开关混合了货车和照明客车. In all cases it responded instantly. 遥控耦合器在命令下打开,否则保持关闭.

The model has four power-pickup rollers and ran smoothly, whether under transformer control or using the app.

Our conventional low speed was 6.2 scale miles per hour; the command low was 3.1 smph. Our high speed was 58, 因为它是借出的,我不想让它飞出曲线.

Although the model is small, it puts out solid sound. 应该是这样,因为它使用了EMC 567柴油发动机的录音. 你还能看到各种各样的船员聊天片段,让气氛活跃起来.

MTH RailKing SW1的生产质量与更昂贵的Premier line产品相同. 这是一个高质量的项目,将是一个伟大的第一或第二引擎在一个全新的布局!

Facts & features

Price: $359.95 (no. 30-20790-1)
特点:O-27操作,两个罐式电机,MTH ProtoSound 3.0 command and sound system, remote couplers, conventional capability, 以及DCS命令控制和访问,通过远程指挥官或MTH应用程序.
Low speed (cmd): 3.1 smph
Low speed (conv): 6.2 smph
High speed: 58 smph
Current road names: Chicago, South Shore & 南本德,伊利,大北方,梅特拉,费城,伯利恒 & New England, Union
Website: www.MTHTrains.com

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