The Bachmann HO Steam Locomotive Prairie Type 2-6-2 New York Central models the 2-6-2 steam locomotive which replaced the earlier 2-6-0 (Mogul) steam locomotives. First built by Brooks Locomotive Works in 1900 for the Burlington Railroad- Burlington being a Granger road resulted in the name "Prairie" Type. Santa Fe in 1901 became a major user of the Prairie Type locomotive. The relatively light weight, slower speed, and ability to operate in reverse made the 2-6-2 ideal for branch line operations. More than 1,000 of the Prairie locomotives were built. The 4-6-2 "Pacific" Type locomotive, developed in the early 1900s, became the more popular model- it was the dominant motive power for North American passenger trains up to about 1930.
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.