Passenger Car for NYC Jet-Powered Budd RDC #M-498

6-35481 | Price: $119.99

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Dubbed the “Black Beetle”, the M-497 jet-powered rail car was a unique experiment in American railroad history. Researching the feasibility of high-speed commuter transportation, the NYC Railroad conducted speed tests in 1966 with a modified RDC passenger car. Through the aid of a B-36 bomber engine strapped to its roof, the M-497 “Black Beetle” was tested and hit a new American speed record of 183 miles per hour.

Early in 2010, Lionel released its own version of the M-497 Jet-powered car. We are now proud to offer a special add-on passenger car that matches the original New York Central jet car paint scheme. Dubbed #498, this passenger car is fitted with side skirts and interior illumination.

  • Die-cast metal trucks
  • Interior lighting
  • Metal frame
  • Detailed overhead vents and louvers
  • Silhouettes in windows

Road Number: M-498

Gauge: Traditional O Gauge


Length: 16 ½”

RailLine: New York Central

Minimum Curve: O-31

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Lionel 2010 Volume 2


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