New York Central's Mercury Train. Introduced in 1936, it initially ran between Cleveland and Detroit, and was met with great fanfare up and down its route and promoted as the "Train of Tomorrow"
The famous industrial designer Henry Dreyfus designed this streamlined locomotive cowling to cover the work horse passenger steam locomotive of its day, the K5 Pacific (4-6-2). And the immediate sensation that this train attracted – helped usher in the streamline era of passenger train travel.
This New York Central System train ran between Cleveland and Detroit and eventually onto Chicago from the late depression years and for the next twenty years. This streamlined design help influence the design of all passenger steam, electric and diesel locomotives for years to come.
Available from shapeways, this locomotive tender shell was modeled from drawings acquired from the New York Central System Historical Society and is available in HO scale (1:87) in a variety of materials. This shell is designed to fit over a HO scale tender frame of about 5 1/4” and specifically a Rivarossi tender frame from a NYC Hudson. Other tender frames may be used and modifications may need to be made both to the shell and the tender frame to make it all fit. There is a transition taper on the tender from the locomotive to the first Mercury car and measures 1-3/4” at the back of the shell from the top of the rail to the top of the first car. Tabs have been added to the inside of the shell to facilitate the attachment to a Rivarossi tender frame of a tender frame of your choosing. Other modification may be needed for your specific needs. However, if specific details and mounts are desired to be added in a printed 3D model please make contact. Also, a more detailed model of the base locomotive, the K5 Pacific (4-6-2), the tender, its cars from the original 1936 train set are in various stages of modeling will be available soon or by request.
All models can be modified for specific needs and at reasonable prices, please make contact for details and estimates.