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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.


Engine Length

Tender Length



Weight (Engine Only)

Track Gauge

Bore & Stroke




Minimum Turning Radius

84 inches

56 inches

22 inches

15 1/2 inches

900 pounds

7 1/4 or 7 1/2 inches

2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

1 3/8 inch diameter piston

Coal, Oil, or LPG

10 3/4 inch diameter

45 feet

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