The story of Caterpillar dates back to the late 19th century when Daniel Best and Benjamin Holt each searched for ways to harness the promise of steam tractors for farming. By 1910, Benjamin's company had developed the gasoline track-type tractor. Daniel had retired, but his son, C. L., formed a new company and developed his own line of gasoline track-type tractors. In 1925, the two companies merged into Caterpillar Tractor Co., combining their experiences and talents into one product line.
We've created a special train set, naturally featuring a steam locomotive, to celebrate the early Caterpillar years when Best and Holt utilized steam power to create their earliest tractors. Our creative adaptation of the 2-8-0 steam locomotive features a heavy all-metal steam engine boiler and chassis that feels as strong as it runs. The metal gears, wheels and axles ensure a lifetime of fun and the unique sounds of Proto-Sound 2.0 will amaze your friends and family.
They'll watch in amazement as the synchronized puffing locomotive pulls its three distinctive freight cars, each equipped with sprung die-cast metal trucks and operating metal couplers. As with all RailKing Ready-to-Run sets, the 12-piece RealTrax oval assembles in minutes and can be placed right on the carpet for a quick, temporary layout.