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The first 2-6-2 tender locomotives built for a North American customer, were built by Brooks Locomotive Works in 1900 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, for use on the Midwestern prairies. The type was thus nicknamed the Prairie in North American practice. This name was often also used for British locomotives with this wheel arrangement.

The RMI Prairie is an excellent example of this type of locomotive. The ride is exceptional and extremely realistic. A heavy-duty, 2-6-2 Prairie, it is built in 3 3/4" scale and runs on 7 1/2" or 7 1/4" gauge track. The Prairie is a large locomotive; the operator sits in, not on, the tender, allowing easy access to all controls, even for the largest scale engineers. It is the ultimate club/estate engine, capable of hauling very heavy loads up steep grades for prolonged periods.


  • 3 3/4" scale power house
  • Designed for heavy, continuous duty
  • Built of the finest materials
  • Available as individual parts, kits, or ready-to-fire
  • Produced by the most modern techniques
  • Runs comfortably on normal railroads
  • Spacious, ride-in tender
  • Free steaming water legs boiler
  • Oil, Propane or Coal Fired live steam
  • Electric, Gas or Diesel Drive Steam outline available.