This awesome train was purchased last year when I thought I wasn't going to be able to buy a Dreyfuss Hudson. However, I did, so this whole consist is cluttering up my shelves and is no longer needed.
USA Trains J1e Hudson Steam Locomotive $1795 o.b.o plus shipping
Aristocraft Heavyweight Coaches, NYC, $150 each o.b.o plus shipping
- 2 coaches
- 2 observations (one converted to a coach)
The coaches have been acquired over the years. Most have 3-axle trucks (but you can remove the center axle.) All have shortened coupler mounts, so they sit 1" closer together - photos show this best (see Rolling Stock forum.) They are not all the same blue/grey color, as Aristo varied the plastic over the years, but they are close enough to look good. (See ad in Rolling Stock forum for pics.)
The whole shebang was run just once - this video is the only outing for the USAT J1e Hudson, which was purchased at Star Hobby, where they demonstrated it worked, and it ran on Dwight's layout for just one circuit - the one you see here:
The Hudson comes bolted securely in a marvelous wooden box, with a separate shipping carton.
Right now it is sitting on my family room shelf, and hasn't turned a wheel since the video was shot: