Modeling Reviews Broadway Limited Imports HO 2-8-0

Broadway Limited Imports HO 2-8-0

By Cody Grivno | January 5, 2023

Steam locomotive features dual-mode Paragon 4 sound decoder

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A Broadway Limited Imports HO 2-8-0 steam locomotive decorated for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe recently paid a visit to our Milwaukee, Racine & Troy staff layout. Join Model Railroader senior editor Cody Grivno as he takes a closer look at the Consolidation.

Broadway Limited Imports offers the HO scale 2-8-0 decorated for Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Bangor & Aroostook; Canadian National; Canadian Pacific; Chicago & Alton; Chesapeake & Ohio; Central of Georgia; Great Northern; Lake Superior & Ishpeming; Seaboard Air Line; Southern Ry.; Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo; Union Pacific; and Western Maryland. A painted black but unlettered Consolidation is also available.

Features on the Broadway Limited Imports HO 2-8-0 include a die-cast metal boiler, tender body, and chassis; a five-pole can motor with skew-wound armature; and a built-in capacitor pack. The capacitor pack is automatically disabled on the programming track for full compatibility with JMRI Decoder Pro.

The 2-8-0 also has a dual-mode Paragon4 sound and control system, which includes Switcher Mode for low-speed control, a quillable whistle, adjustable bell ringing interval, and individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect. There’s also a Johnson Bar sound effect when the locomotive changes directions, and the chuff sound intensity varies with the load.

Additional details on the Consolidation include a separately controllable headlight, reverse light, cab light, and front marker lights; factory-painted and installed engineer and fireman figures; and freestanding handrails, grab irons, ladders, piping, cab glazing, whistle, bell, and markers. The model is equipped with traction tires and has a minimum recommended radius of 18”.

The Broadway Limited Imports HO 2-8-0 is priced at $549.99. You can find the model at your favorite BLI dealer right now. Product Review videos showcase the latest new items from manufacturers of products in Z, N, HO, S, O, and large scales. In the videos, you can watch locomotives in action, take a close-up look at details on freight cars, see kit components, and much more.

If you are a manufacturer and have products you would like reviewed, please email Senior Editor Cody Grivno at for more information.

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