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NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson

New Paragon3 Sound/DC/DCC

Expected SPRING 2017

You may have heard of Vanderbilt University. Did you know it was initially founded on the gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt?

That same Cornelius Vanderbilt was also known as Commodore and he built his wealth in shipping and railroads. The Commodore was a shrewd businessman and is patriarch to the well-known Vanderbilt family. Vanderbilt purchased controlling interests in several railroads including the Hudson River Railroad, the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and also the New York Central.

The Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson locomotive was named for the NYCs early leader and is a creation of Carl F. Kantola, a NYC careerman of 47 years. The No. 5344 Hudson was the prototype and it was modified to accept the iconic streamlined shrouding which was designed by the Case Institute of Technology. On December 27, 1934 the Commodore Vanderbilt debuted at Grand Central Station and kicked off an exhibition tour of major NYC route cities. It then was placed in service hauling the 20th Century Limited.

Were pleased to bring to HO the most accurate and desirable Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson ever.

- NEW Paragon3 Sound & Operation System FEATURING ROLLING THUNDERTM with Authentic Sounds and Prototypical Operation in both DC and DCC environments

- Factory Installed Engineer / Fireman Figures

- Synchronized Puffing Smoke with each Chuff

- Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and Timing

- Locomotive Composition: Die Cast Body with Die Cast Chassis

- Tender Composition: ABS Body with Die Cast Chassis

- Couplers: (2) Operating Kadee or Compatible

- Compatible Tracks: Code 70, 83, 100 Rail

- Equipped with Traction Tires

- Minimum Operating Radius: 18 in or greater


While other companies are busy trying to match the performance of Paragon2, Broadway Limited leaps forward with the technical revolution that is the ALL-NEW Paragon3 with Rolling ThunderTM. At Broadway Limited, we don't put in more technology just for the sake of technology. The ALL-NEW Paragon3 with Rolling ThunderTM incorporates numerous improvements, from enhanced reliability to increased lighting options to expanded sound recording space that make model railroading more realistic for you, our customers. Below is a brief sampling of the features that make the ALL-NEW Paragon3 with Rolling ThunderTM the new benchmark in model railroading sounds and motor control:


  • 2 Selectable Bells
  • 3 playable whistles with variable endings
  • 1 long, non-looped whistle
  • 1 alternate whistle for locomotives with a second horn
  • Quill whistle with Digitrax DT400 or NCE Pro Cab throttle
  • 4 Times Expanded Autopilot storage
  • Expanded Startup and Shutdown sequences
  • 64MB or 128MB sound memory*
  • Smoke Temperature safety cutoff sensor
  • 2 Watt Audio output
  • 90 db signal to noise ratio
  • 16 bit audio resolution
  • 24 sounds with separate volume control
  • Unmatched frequency response as low as 20 Hz when paired with Rolling ThunderTM subwoofer kit
  • 8 simultaneously playable audio channels
  • Functional Dynamic Brake with Grid Blower sounds
  • Improved motor control in DC and DCC
  • Motor short circuit protection
  • Outputs for headlights, MARS lights, automatic cab light, rear lights, marker lights, ditch
  • lights, firebox light, running board lights, number board lights and a few spares.*
  • Works with NMRA standard DCC controllers
  • Automatic Dual Mode: Works with DC power packs or DCC


NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson Disk Drivers, Paragon3 Sound/DC/DCC
Retail $499.95
Discount Price $399.95
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