The Bachmann HO Steam Locomotive w/DCC USRA 0-6-0 New Haven models the 0-6-0 steam locomotive developed around the 1850s. The six driving wheels provided huge tractive effort that enabled these workhorses to move large loads, but also made them unsteady at higher speeds. As a result, for many years- into the 20th Century- many 0-6-0s were produced almost exclusively for switching purposes.The United States Railroad Administration (USRA), the agency assigned to control the nationalized US railroads in World War I, designated the 0-6-0 as the standard design for switching locomotives.
New Haven: The Hartford & New Haven Railroad opened a route from New Haven, CT, to Springfield, MA, with ferry connections to New York in 1839. That railroad merged with the New York & New Haven to become the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1872. Around 1900 the financier J. P. Morgan began the process of consolidating railroads in Southern New England. As a result by 1929 the New Haven had absorbed around 100 independent railroads to become the dominant railroad in Southern New England. One major achievement of the company was the electrification of the New York-New Haven main line in the 1920s. With the Great Depression the New Haven went bankrupt in 1935, and did not emerge from receivership until 1947. By the second half of the 20th Century the decline of New England's manufacturing base, the short hauls inherent to New England railroads, and passenger and commuter losses meant tough times for the New Haven. In 1968 the struggling New Haven was absorbed by Penn Central, a forced marriage ordered by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up
Performs best on 18" radius curves or greater.