MTH Premier 20-2251-1: Union Pacific 3 Car Weed Sprayer Set
Railroad vegetation control around the tracks has always been a difficult but essential task. Vegetation can pose dangers not only by limiting visibility but also by causing slippage when it gets on the tracks, holding in moisture that speeds deterioration of railroad equipment, and posing a fire hazard. Early on, railroads employed manual labor–men with sickles and saws–to do the backbreaking work. From there the railroads tried several other methods, including the risky move of burning the vegetation out. However, the real breakthrough came in the 1950s-60s when new spraying technology allowed the railroads a much more efficient means of controlling the weeds around their tracks. Although the herbicides used are often hazardous, they prove, with the proper precautions mandated by law, to be the safest and most effective method to date. Some railroads contracted out their weed spraying chores, while others, like Union Pacific, built their own cars especially to handle the important job. M.T.H. continues its commitment to offer model railroaders the wide variety of equipment necessary to make your layouts realistic. Add a touch of authenticity to your railroad with this essential piece of maintenance of way equipment. This self-powered 3-car Weedsprayer Set includes the sprayer itself and two tank cars
This set is brand new in the box and has not been run. We checked the odometer and it shows zero miles and there is no indication it has ever been on display or on the track. For safety sake, we have replaced the original NiCad battery with a new genuine MTH ProtoSound NiMh battery for improved battery performance. We have tested the powered unit to make sure that all features work and that it runs properly. The box is in new condition. Includes the instructions.
Powered Sprayer Features:
- O-Gauge, O-Scale
- Directionally controlled operating headlight
- 5-red operating marker lights
- 1-flashing red light
- Interior lighting
- Precision flywheel equipped motor
- Locomotive speed control
- Operator figure in cab
- Protosound 2.0 digital sound and control system with special announcements appropriate for a weed sprayer
- Full set measures 33 3/16″ x 4 1/8″ x 2 3/4″
- Minimum curve: O-54
- Grade: C-8
C-10 Mint – Brand New: All original, unused and unblemished.
C-9 Factory New – Brand New: all original, unused, may evidence factory rubs and the slightest evidence of handling, shipping and having been test run at the factory.
C-9 New-Old-Stock: all original, unused, and typically out of production and may evidence factory rubs and shows considerable evidence of handling, shipping and aging.
C-8 Like New: Complete all original. No rust, no missing parts, may show effects of being on display and/or age, may have been run.
C-7 Excellent: All original minute scratches and paint nicks, no rust and no missing parts. No distortion of component parts.
C-6 Very Good: Minor scratches and paint nicks, minor spots of surface rust, free of dents. May have minor parts replaced.
C-5 Good: Sign of play wear with scratches and minor paint loss. Small dents, minor surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C-4 Fair: Scratched. Moderate paint loss, dented missing parts, surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C-3 Poor: Requires major body repair. Heavily scratched, major rust and missing parts. Restoration candidate.
C-2 Restoration required: Restoration required.
C-1 Junk, parts value only: Junk, parts value only