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Article: NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: PRR B6sb 0-6-0 Switcher, HO Scale



Broadway Limited Imports is proud to announce our first steam switcher in HO scale, the PRR B6sb. These switchers could be found in major freight yards, passenger yards, and occasionally on branch line duty. With over 36,000 lbs of tractive effort, these 0-6-0s effectively performed their duties. Throughout World War I and World War II, they were ubiquitous on the PRR. Eventually retired during the late 1940s and early 1950s, they were replaced by diesel switchers, which were becoming more commonplace on railroads.

These locomotives will be incredibly detailed. The PRR THS assisted us with this project, and we believe that these locomotives will be 'must-haves' for Pennsylvania Railroad modelers.

These switchers could be found in major freight yards, passenger yards, and could occasionally be found on branch line duty. With over 36,000 lbs of Tractive Effort these 0-6-0's did their job effectively. Through World War 1 and World War 2, they could be seen pretty much everywhere on the PRR. They were eventually pulled during the late 1940's and early 1950's in favor of diesel switchers that were becoming more common place on the railroads. 

Today 1 B6sb survived and can be seen in the Railroad Museum Of Pennsylvania located in Strasburg, Pa.

In our first production run, we are offering 3 different variations of the PRR B6sb, 1 unlettered version with DGLE paint, and 2 exclusives. 

Each of our Paragon4 Series models comes with our Paragon4 Sound/DC/DCC sound system with synchronized puffing smoke and integral GoPack capacitors.  See below for a full list of model features.  

In addition to the Paragon4 Series models, each model is available in our Stealth Series.  These are No-Sound / DCC-Ready models that operate on DC out-of-the-box, or a modeler can easily install their DCC decoder of choice.  Out-of-the-box, front and rear lights are directional, and other lights are always illuminated with track power.  Note that some lighting may be absent depending on selected aftermarket decoder.  

The order deadline for these locomotives is June 7th, 2024, with an expected arrival in early 2025. 

Industry-leading Model Features:

  • ALL-NEW Paragon4 Sound & Control System
  • Synchronized Puffing Smoke with Chuff Sound
  • Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and timing
  • Integral DCC Decoder with Back EMF for Industry Best Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC
  • Precision Drive Mechanism engineered for continuous heavy load towing and smooth slow speed operation
  • 5-Pole Can Motor with Skew Wound Armature
  • Heavy Die Cast Boiler, Tender Body, and Chassis for Increased Tractive Effort
  • Premium Caliber Painting with Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Prototypical Light Operation with Separately Controllable Headlight, Reverse Light, Cab Light, and Front Marker Lights
  • Factory-installed Engineer and Fireman Figures
  • Many Separately Applied Details such as Handrails, Grab Irons, Ladders, Piping, Cab Glass, Whistle, Brass Bell, Markers, and Many Others
  • Equipped with Rubber Traction Tires for Increased Pulling Power
  • Recommended Minimum Radius: 18 inches
  • Prototypical Sounds of PRR B6sb, with several alternative whistles

Broadway Limited Imports is proud to introduce Paragon4:  The new benchmark for premium HO sound-equipped locomotives. These DC and DCC-Sound equipped locomotives feature the ALL-NEW Paragon4 sound and control system. Each Paragon4 locomotive comes with BLI's own integral DCC Decoder factory installed. Paragon4 locomotives offer Dual Mode DC and DCC operation with superb back EMF motor control, improved DC motor control, built-in capacitor pack for more reliable electrical pick-up, industry best on-board sound with Rolling Thunder functionality, Pro Lighting Mode for prototypical light control, Switcher model for precise low speed control, recordable DCC operation for automated playback, and the same excellent detail level as Broadway Limited's Paragon3 Series models.

Paragon4 Sound & Control SystemFeatures:

  • Operates in DC & DCC with improved DC speed control (use DCMaster for DC Sound)
  • Built-In capacitor pack to navigate imperfect track
  • Capacitor Pack automatically disabled on program track for full compatibility with JMRI Decoder Pro
  • Pro Lighting Mode offers individual control of all lights on model
  • Switcher Mode for precise low speed control.
  • Record & Play Operation - Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation
  • High Resolution Audio
  • Quillable Whistle for various whistle lengths and patterns
  • Choice of 3 selectable Horns
  • Alternate Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam whistle Both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played
  • Adjustable bell ringing interval for faster or slower bell
  • Numerous user-mappable functions with available keys
  • Johnson Bar Sound at Direction Change
  • Multiple realistic passenger and crew sounds play on command
  • Grade Crossing Automatic Signal
  • Automatic Forward / Reverse Signal - When activated, stopping triggers and stop whistle toot. - When moving forward from a stopped position, toots twice. When moving in reverse. toots three times.
  • Chuff sound intensity varies with load
  • Individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect
  • EZ Reset Button for quick return to factory default settings

**Specifications on this page subject to change.


finally, a switcher from BLI. I like big steam but a couple of switchers on my layout would be ideal!

John Faro

Thanks – I am happy to see this. There has been so much emphasis on big locos that the switchers seem forgotten. A steam era railroad without switchers is not very impressive. The B6 and A5 have always been some of my favorites.

Don White

Many thanks for promising this lovely little switcher!
I plan to order two locos as I believe it will be central to my layout.
Best regards from England,
John E.

John Edge

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