The Bachann HO Steam Locomotive Prairie Type 2-6-2 Rio Grande 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:
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad: The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (Rio Grande) was the dream of William Jackson Palmer, who with several other men incorporated the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1870. With Santa Fe seizing the Raton Pass route in a battle waged on site and in the courts, the D&RG would not build to El Paso. Having beaten the Santa Fe at the Royal Gorge, the D&RG built routes to Leadville, CO, and an extensive network of narrow gauge lines to serve Colorado's Rocky Mountain region. A subsidiary established in 1883, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway, built east from Provo,UT, reaching Grand Junction,CO, in 1883. The route was standard gauged in 1890. Saddled with debt to build the Western Pacific, the railroad went bankrupt in 1918, emerging as the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1920. After another bankruptcy in 1935 the D&RGW gained a direct route (via trackage rights) from Denver to Salt Lake City using the Moffat Tunnel, avoiding the long climb over Tennessee Pass. The "Moffat Road" was merged into the Rio Grande in 1947. Post World War II the Rio Grande was fairly successful, actually purchasing the far larger struggling Southern Pacific in 1988. As part of the arrangement of the Western US into two great rail systems, the new "SP"(The name SP was used instead of Rio Grande) was merged into the Union Pacific in 1996.
L 5" (127 mm) X W 1 1/4" (32 mm) X H 2" (51 mm)
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Performs best on 18" radius curves or greater.