The Bachmann HO Steam Locomotive Alco 2-6-0 with DCC & Sound Value Union Pacific #39 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:
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.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.