The Bachmann 027 Scale FA2 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Union Pacific Silver/Gray models the American Locomotive Company's cab-type FA2 diesel locomotive. Designed and built in partnership with General Electric (Before GE entered the market with their own product) the FA2 was very similar to the earlier FA except it had an upgraded Alco 244 V-12 prime mover. In design and mechanically very similar to the PA2 built for passenger service- the FA2 was built for freight service- the major difference was the passenger unit was geared for higher speeds. The four axle unit was rated at 1600 hp. Between 1950 and 1953 Alco sold 859 units of this fairly popular locomotive. Continuing improvement by EMD and General Electric's entry into the diesel market (Partnership dissolved in 1953) resulted in Alco struggling to keep its market share. Cab units were also becoming less popular as railroads favored the more versatile Road Switcher models.
Road Name and History:
Union Pacific Railroad: This railroad is a big part of 19th Century US history, and is still an important part of the economy today. Legislation creating the Union Pacific was signed by President Abraham Lincoln- UP would be the eastern end of the first transcontinental railroad. In one of the most important events of the 19th Century the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. Celebrations were tough on the Union Pacific, where mismanagement, waste, and corruption made the company anathema to many Americans. Excellent leadership first under Jay Gould and then E. H. Harriman propelled this lagging railroad into a premier US railroad. Mr. Harriman's philosophy of pumping cash back into the railroad worked wonders, and the Union Pacific became a very successful railroad throughout the 20th Century. The merging during the 1980s and 1990s of key Western railroads Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, and Southern Pacific (among many more) has positioned this huge railroad to be one of the two megasystems operating in the Western US.
Historic Fact: After World War II Union Pacific adopted the silver/gray (actually two tone gray) color scheme for their refurbished passenger train fleet and their passenger locomotives. Pullman, whose sleeping cars were in UP consists, in refurbishing their own fleet after heavy World War II usage chose this simple scheme to speed their car fleet back into service- UP simply matched this scheme. In 1952 UP reintroduced the Armour yellow and harbor mist gray scheme that lasted to Amtrak (1971).
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 22" (Two locomotives) Height: 3 1/2"
Note: "0" Scale and "027" Scale can both use "O" Scale rolling stock (Gauge is the same). "027" track is lighter and the curves are sharper- a circle is 27" vs. 31" for "O" Scale. Caution: Some "O" Scale locomotives will run on "031" curves BUT NOT on "027".