Looking for HO Scale Models of Preserved/Active Steam Locomotives

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I am looking to add a model of a well-known, currently or recently (since 1990) operating steam locomotive to my collection.

For the following locomotives, I am aware that models exist and would like to know if anyone has experience with those produced by different manufacturers and their opinion on which ones are the best?

Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger #3985
Union Pacific FEF-3 4-8-4 #844
Southern Pacific GS-4 "Daylight" 4-8-4 #4449
Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 #611

I am not aware of any mass-produced HO scale models of these locomotives and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any that are available?

Norfolk & Western Class A 2-6-6-4 #1218
Milwaukee Road S-3 4-8-4 #261
Soo Line 2-8-2 #1003
Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 #587
Chicago & Northwestern R-1 4-6-0 #1385

Any help would be appreciated.


Coal Shoveler
Broadway Limited, I think, has a model of ATSF 3571, 4-8-4. I think they also have the Reading T-1, though not sure if it's numbered to the one currently in Tacoma, WA.

Proto2000 has a couple of Nickel Plate Berkshires, though I'm not 100% certain they have the existing road numbers for PM1225 or NKP 765.

The Genesis Challenger seems to be a good model, I run mine occasionally, but not lately.

I have the Rivo 844; had a dealer install a sound decoder in it. It ran fairly well on DC, but I recently got it back and haven't run it on DCC yet.

That's pretty much what I know.



Certified CGW expert
Athearn Genesis and Rivarossi make UP challengers.
Riv made a UP FEF 4-8-4 in both the 2 tone gray and the all black paint.
PCM is coming out with a SP GS-4.
BLI has a N&W Class J 4-8-4.
BLI has a N&W Class A 2-6-6-4.
The MILW S-3 4-8-4 #261- I badly want a model of one. Hoping BLI / PCM makes one, but Overland had a brass MILW S-3 4-8-4s some time ago.
You might have to model the NKP and SOO Mikes from undecs.
Same for the C&NW 1385.

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