Built in 1948,
the 4-6-4 C62 Steam Locomotive is one of the most popular passenger
steam locomotives in Japan. When it was designed, the C62 was built
around the existing D52 freight boiler, whose large size required equally
large drivers. As a result, the C62 was the fastest and most powerful
high-speed passenger steam locomotive of its day.
It was used for
the famous express trains Tsubame (Swallow) and Hato
(Pigeon), which it pulled on the Japanese mainline between Tokyo and
Osaka until 1956 this service granting C62 #2 its signature Swallow
emblems which it wears on its smoke deflectors. After the retiring from
the main line, C62 #2 was used in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido
until early 1970s, where its glorious history as a high speed
passenger locomotive make it a popular sight, and eventually granted
it a place of honor at the railroad museum in Kyoto.
- New steam locomotive mechanism uses
a coreless motor for silky smooth side-rod motion and creeping speeds
at low voltages.
- Details specific to #2 are present,
such as the Swallow emblems printed on the smoke deflectors and the
white stripe that runs the length of the running board.
- Operational head and tail lights with
Kato's flywheel drive on the powered cars.
- Optional knuckle couplers are included
along with a swappable double heading coupler on the front.