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MTH R-1 Subway Set Review (O Scale)

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Set: R-1/9 Series

Producer: MTH - Mikes Train House

Road Name: Metropolitan Transportation Authority - New York City Transit

Release Date: Mid to Late 2005

 

 

The R-1/9 Subway set is THE most detailed subway set on the market today. From the off dark olive Green color, to the pantograph gates, and cross chains across the Storm doors. There is 1 detail however that makes this set stand out from all the others. The Rivets. MTH did an absolutely superb job to add hundreds of rivets on a single car to replicate it, with upmost respect to the Real R-1/9.

 

Whats also unique about the R-1/9 is that, when the cars are coupled to each other, the gap isnt very big at all. It looks awesome when coupled up; the closer the better, and that adds more detail, and realism. The gates are compressed, but the couplers are so short , so it the actual gap is really closed.

 

The Set is eqipped with sound a signage for the (A) Train, running between Washington Heights - 207 St, Manhattan and Fulton St - Euclid Av, Brooklyn. Based off the Announcements, the set takes place , as if it were operating in the 1940s/50s.

 

Here are the announcments:

 

Washington Heights - 207 St - Last Stop

 

125 St - Harlem - Change here for 'Double A Local (aka the AA) and D Express

 

59 St - Columbus Circle - Change here for IRT West Side Trains

 

42 St - Port Authority Bus Depot

 

34 St - Pennsylvania Station

 

West 4 St - New York University OR change here for A,AA,C,D,E, & F trains.

 

Chambers St -- Hudson Terminal -

 

Jay St - Borough Hall - Change here for the D TRAIN! (culver D) OR The BMT Myrtle Av Line.

 

Broadway Junction- Eastern Parkway- change here for BMT Canarsie & Jamaica Lines.

 

Euclid Av- Last STop

 

On the Premier Line sets ( which is this one, the R-1/9 and both R-32 sets) you can actually change the lit "Exp" 'LOCAL" Signs.Remember how everything between R-1/9's and Pre- R-32 General Overhaul, they had those indicator signs on the top, lit, to display whether the train was going "EXP" or "LOCAL". On these premier line sets, it gives the opportunity to change the sign from EXP to LOCAL; A cool feature I guess.

 

Front Top of the car reads:

 

A WASH HTS

8TH AVE 207TH ST

 

AND

 

A FULTON

8TH AVE EUCLID AV

 

 

The side rollsigns read:

 

TO-> WASH HTS.-207TH ST

---------------------------

FULTON-EUCLID AV.

---------------------------

 

A / 8TH AVE EXPRESS

 

 

The lead motor car of the set is the famous R-1 100.

 

The car numbers of all 6 cars MTH produced are as follows:

 

100, 103, 111, 115, 135, and 144

 

The 4 Car set is equipped with car numbers 100, 115, 135, and 144

 

The 2 Car Set is equipped with car numbers 103, and 111

 

The doors on this set DO NOT open; however, MTH had added people inside the train which I feel was an absolute plus. I hope the next sets MTH produces people are added.

 

This is in my top 3 of course:

 

1) R-32 DAP

2) R-36 Worlds Fair

3) R-1

 

This set is still out on the market today for a decent price.

The price what it was going for in Mid 2005, when it came out ;

between $449.00 and $499.99. If you can pick this set up, do it!

 

you wont be dissapointed, believe me!

 

 

This set rates 10 STARS out of 5

 

Outstanding performance, intricate detail, amazing sound package, and one hell of a route - the A Line; just turned 75 years old on September 10, 2007!

 

 

 

 

 

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Regards

 

Zach

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Wow, that looks absolutely great! Now this is a model I might really consider getting if I have extra moolah on the side.....

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Really nice stuff, Zach! Wish some of those cars were available in HO as that's all I have room for. I have some Proto 1000 R-17's but would really like to have some of the pre-war cars. Anyway, the MTH models look great!

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Really nice stuff, Zach! Wish some of those cars were available in HO as that's all I have room for. I have some Proto 1000 R-17's but would really like to have some of the pre-war cars. Anyway, the MTH models look great!

 

Hot set right Pablo?!

 

 

Thanks man!

 

and yeah, Thats all Ive seen so far in H.O. is the R-17. i want to get my hands on some R-68's, whether H.O. or O.:)

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