The Bachmann HO Steam Loco Alco 2-6-0 with DCC and Sound Value New York Central models the Alco 2-6-0 Mogul type steam locomotive. Differing stories has the "Mogul" name originate in both the US and Great Britain- the locomotive was the largest built up to that time and is named after an empire in India (I guess to suggest size) . In the early 1860s as railroad technology advanced, the 2-6-0 Moguls began replacing the 0-4-0 American Type locomotives for freight service and due to their speed light passenger service as well. Over 11,000 2-6-0 Moguls were built between the 1860s and 1920s. The 2-6-0s were excluded from the USRA Standard Designs and were replaced by more powerful locomotives favored by efficiency driven railroads.
Road Name and History:
New York Central Railroad: One of the great Eastern Trunk Lines, the New York Central was the creation of Cornelius Vanderbilt, America's first tycoon, who through excellent management and expansion built this railroad into one of the great railroads serving the East and Midwest. The railroad was famed as the "Water Level Route" since using Hudson and Mohawk River valleys and the Great Lakes shoreline it avoided crossing the Appalachian Mountains. After the Vanderbilt family left the company's management, the NYC remained a strong railroad for the first half of the 20th Century, its reputation enhanced with the 1913 completion of Grand Central Terminal. Like its rival the Pennsylvania, the decline of heavy industry in the East, passenger train losses, and an overbuilt plant had the New York Central and Pennsylvania seeking merger that finally took place in 1968.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.