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4-6-2 Pacific Steam Locomotive

Catalog Number 4830?

Owing to its Belpaire firebox, this Pacific bears a close resemblance to those of the Pennsylvania, and so it's been a popular model to this day, even though it's actually too small for a PRR K4s.

This is a true outlier. The one and only example of this locomotive as a Postage Stamp Trains product that I've ever seen "in the flesh" is the one included with the 4752 P.S.T. Special Set. Curiously, the genuine Postage Stamp Trains box has no catalog number, suggesting perhaps it was a one-off just for C.J. Bubla, and not released for sale individually under the Postage Stamp brand. Since Trix made a nest for their own packaging, it was easy enough to drop one into the Postage Stamp box made for the 0-6-0, which was the same size. While they were announced in 1969, I believe they reached the market no earlier than 1970 (Minitrix didn't publish actual photos of them until after 1970), which may explain why a number of train sets were never released. Of course, this is all speculation.

In the early 1970s, Model Power became the sole importer of these locos. Production continued until the late 1990s, when Trix went bankrupt, and their new owner, Märklin, ended production of all North American models.

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