PRR L1s Mikado 10 Year Anniversary
While Europe was erupting into WWI, the Pennsylvania Railroad was preparing to unveil their K4 Pacific class design. Due to the wartime increase in freight traffic, the PRR needed a replacement for they’re now 20 year old H6 class Consolidations. Utilizing the K4s boiler, firebox, cab and trailing truck, the PRR created to this day the largest 2-8-2 Mikado class. Sitting on 62in drivers, stretching 82ft in length, and standing 15ft tall, the L1s Mikados dwarfed they’re H class counterparts both in size and power. With 61,465lb of tractive effort, a single L1s was strong enough to replace most double headed H class freights. The L1’s fame was short-lived with the production of the I1sa just 2 years later.
Today: Only (1) of the original (574) L1s survives:
#520 is on display at the Railroad Museum of PA in Strasburg, PA
PRR L1s Mikado set includes: (2) Engines (3) Tenders, and (6) Cabooses
Prewar Engine with 90F75 tender
Postwar Engine with both 90F75 and 110P75a tenders, both with doghouses
N6b Caboose with both centered and off-centered cupola:
Early Steam Era: Red Cupola and Trucks
Late Steam Era: Black Cupola and Trucks
Shadow Keystone: Black Cupola and Trucks
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