Introduced: circa 1999
It almost seems unfair to review this Chinese junk toy along with real models, but they made the mistake of claiming that it could be run on any N gauge track. So...
As you can see from the picture, the detailing (if you can call it that) is a joke. Are those little bubbles on top really supposed to be fans?? The real topper, though, is the drive. It is actually battery driven with a puny little one axle drive on the rear truck. Kind of makes control a little difficult. Yep, it's a toy that came as part of a toy train set. We will waste no more time on it.
Incidentally, I don't honestly know if this thing was introduced in 1999. That's when I happened to purchase this one, and that's good enough for me. If you happen to know a more accurate release date, let me know.