THE STORY BEHIND THIS SET...
   This set is our tribute to several very interesting albeit unlikely guys:  The first, Singer and cowboy actor Gene Autry who bought #463 in 1955 as a "significant artifact" for his "Western History Street" at his "Melody Ranch" in Placerita Canyon near the Newhall / Santa Clarita area of Southern California...   In doing so he insured that she escaped the fate of the scrapper’s torch...    But alas, a serious wildfire ravaged the ranch in 1962, and Autry never used the engine...    So, his dream gone up in smoke, in 1972 he decided to donate #463 to the town of Antonito, Colorado, and in 1975 #463 was added to the National Historic Register so, although still inoperable, her future looked pretty secure...
   There she sat until the early 1990's when, under the watchful eye of one John Bush, a steam aficianado, skilled mechanic, and now shop foreman of the C&TS, John set his sights on bringing her back to life again...   This really began in earnest in the early 90’s and in 1994, ready for “prime time”,   she was pressed into service on familiar turf once again, the original trackage between Antonito Colorado and Chama New Mexico, now operated by the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad...
    But then, in 2002, at the tender age of 99 years she broke a side rod, and because her FRA boiler time was also running out she was also in need of a major overhaul,  (Read: EXPEN$IVE!)   So poor number 463 was sidelined once again...
   Enter old Friend Mr. Sam Furukawa who, like Mr. Autry had a passion for K-27’s... (Might be we all do to some degree?)    Sam’s love of the “mudhens” moved him to be a major donor to guarantee that the 463 would run again...   His dedication to the efforts involving her rebuilding insured that all of us could have the pleasure of not only seeing the ’63 run again but also to ride behind her on her home territory, the same ex D&RGW trackage connecting Chama New Mexico to Antonito Colorado over the famed 10,022’ high Cumbres Pass that she begn her career on in 1909...
   So after a couple of false starts, in 2009 Marty Knox was contracted by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec to oversee her major rebuilding...   Completion came in Spring 2013, and at the age of 110 years she made her first revenue run in May of that year...
    So in honor of these men and the machine that touched their lives so much, PBL was moved to produce this commemorative set containing the 463 as she first appeared in the mid 1990’s complete with both the “flying” Cumbres and Toltec and “Flying Grande” excursion tenders!
   Total production of these sets was limited to 100 sets, for the world...   These collector / historian / operators dreams will not only allow many of us to share the passion these men had for the 463, but a portion of the proceeds from their sale will be donated to the C&TSRR to help defray the costs of keeping her alive for us to see and ride behind in the future...


Set includes:
  • 1 - Fully Operational (DC with Lights) Engine number 463 as shown...
  • 1 - Complete, Fully Operational Tender lettered for the Cumbres & Toltec...
  • 1 - Complete, Fully Operational Tender Tender lettered for the D&RGW...
  • Models will be packaged in the handsome display box as shown...

    Price is only $995.00 including shipping and handling!

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