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AZL Mikado

About the Mikado:

Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, 2-8-2 represents the wheel arrangement of two leading wheels on one axle, usually in a leading truck, eight powered and coupled driving wheels on four axles, and two trailing wheels on one axle, also usually in a trailing truck. This configuration of steam locomotive is most often referred to as a Mikado, frequently shortened to Mike, but at times it was also referred to on some railroads in the United States of America as the McAdoo Mikado and, during World War II, the MacArthur.

The 2-8-2 saw great success in the United States, mostly as a freight locomotive. In the second decade of the 20th century it largely replaced the 2-8-0 Consolidation as the main heavy freight locomotive type. Its tractive effort was similar to that of the best 2-8-0s, but a developing requirement for higher speed freight trains drove the shift to the 2-8-2 wheel arrangement.

Almost all North American railroads rostered the type, notable exceptions being the Boston and Maine, the Delaware and Hudson, the Cotton Belt and the Norfolk and Western. The largest users included the New York Central with 715 locomotives, the Baltimore and Ohio with 610, the Pennsylvania Railroad with 579, the Illinois Central with 565, the Milwaukee Road with 500 and the Southern with 435.


AZL Model Details:

  • Fine injection molded details
  • Highly complex working side rods
  • Filigree handrails
  • Intricate pad printing
  • Directional controlled LED
  • Traction tires
  • Tender drive and power pickup
  • Working front coupler for double heading
  • Front coupler can also be easily removed
  • AZL AutoLatch™ couplers
  • Minimum radius of 220mm recommended


Model Photos:



AZL #Road NameRoad NumberLight | Heavy Mikado
50004Southern Railway (SOU)4750, 4753, 4764Light
50109Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q)5501, 5507, 5514Heavy
50000New York Central (NYC)1842, 1845, 1850, 1890Light
50111Western Pacific (WP)311, 312, 313Heavy
50010Nickel Plate Road (NKP)601, 602Light
50007Canadian National (CN)3700, 3714, 3716, 3721Light
50001Union Pacific (UP)2486, 2492, 2497, 2499Light
50108ATSF3160, 3172, 3227, 3287Class 3160
50103Great Northern (GN)3145, 3146, 3147, 3148Heavy
50006PRR9627, 9628, 9629, 9630Light
50105Milwaukee Road (MILW)330, 341, 362Heavy
50003Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)4500, 4532, 4581, 4599Light


Additional Manufacturer Notes:

Mikado information from Wikipedia:

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