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Athearn HO scale class Z-8 Challenger

Read this review from the August 2017 Model Railroader
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Athearn HO scale class Z-8 Challenger

A Northern Pacific RR class Z-8 Challenger is available for the first time in HO scale as a ready-to-run plastic model. Produced by Athearn Trains as part of its Genesis series, the model is accurately detailed to match NP and Spokane, Portland & Seattle Ry. prototypes. For Digital Command Control users the 4-6-6-4 comes to life, thanks to a factory-installed sound system.

Our first-run sample features a SoundTraxx Tsunami DCC decoder. According to Athearn, future production runs will be equipped with ESU LokSound Select decoders. Direct-current (non-sound) versions will have 21-pin decoder sockets.

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