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1-1/2” Scale 4-6-4 Light Hudson

A logical addition to offering a Pacitic was to also offer a Light Hudson. The New York Central Railroad bestowed the name "Hudson" in honor of the river that paralleled that railroad’s Water Level Route. The 4-6-4 was basically an extended Pacific, but the four-wheel trailing truck and larger firebox enabled the engine to produce more steam and attain higher speeds than the 4-6-2. Over 500 Hudsons saw service in North America. On railroads such as the New York Central, Lackawanna, Nickel Plate Road, CB&Q, Sante Fe, Milwaukee Road, C&O and more.

The running gear of our Hudson will model a great many different engines and , as with our Light Northern, we offer the option of the three-axle Commonwealth or Buckeye tender trucks. This engine is a good steamer and will haul consistently heavy loads.

Check out the 4-6-4 Light Hudson gallery here


Engine Length 84 inches
Tender Length 56 inches
Height 22 inches
Width 15-1/2 inches
Weight (Engine Only) 900 pounds
Track Gauge 7-1/4 or 7 1/2 inches
Bore & Stroke 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
Valves 1-3/8" diameter piston
Fuel Coal, Oil, or LPG
Boiler 10-3/4 inch diameter
Minimum Turning Radius 45 feet