The Bachmann O Scale Alco FA1 Diesel AA Set Louisville & Nashville models the American Locomotive Company's (Alco) FA1 diesel locomotive. Working with General Electric as its partner, Alco introduced its own road diesel locomotive the FA1 in 1946 when World War II manufacturing restrictions were lifted by the US Government. The design with the aggressive long straight nose was a similar design to the Fairbanks-Morse diesel locomotive designed by Ray Patten of GE and built at GE's Erie plant. Being Alco's partner, it was easy to slightly change the FM model for the new Alco locomotive- why redesign the wheel? The Alco 244 engine with its 12 cylinders generated 1500 hp- fearing ElectroMotive Division's dominating the market Alco rushed this engine into production with resulting quality issues. GE became disenchanted, leaving the partnership in 1953, and introducing its own line of locomotives in the 1950s. Alco becoming the third place manufacturer left them too little market share to be a viable competitor- Alco ceased building locomotives in 1969. This set of two locomotives includes two "A" Units, one powered and one dummy locomotive.
Road Name and History:
Louisville & Nashville Railroad: The City of Louisville, seeking rail service, pressured the Kentucky Legislature to charter the Louisville & Nashville Railroad- accomplished in 1850. Due to financing issues construction went slowly. In 1859 the line was finally completed between the namesake cities, and in 1861 the L&N had reached Memphis, TN. The Louisville & Nashville route was so critical to the Union and Confederate Armies in the Civil War the line was constantly being destroyed and rebuilt. With the war over the L&N continued to push south- in 1870 a route to Montgomery, AL, was opened and later in the 1870s Mobile, New Orleans, and Pensacola were all reached by an expanding L&N. In 1902 by purchasing lines and construction a new route through Knoxville to Atlanta was completed. In 1902 J.P. Morgan, active in consolidating railroads, sold his interest in the L&N to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad which was L&N's parent for the rest of its existence. L&N continued to be a successful railroad as the South gradually recovered from the Civil War and Reconstruction. Atlantic Coast Line's successor Seaboard Coast Line began in the mid 1970s using the name "Family Lines" which began the process of ending L&N's identity. In 1982 SCL and L&N merged to form Seaboard System Railroad- SCL had already merged with Chessie System to form CSX (1980) so L&N's corporate identity vanished in 1982.
Historical Note: The Louisville & Nashville's merger with the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis in 1957 is often referred to as the birth of the "Modern Merger Movement". In the 1960s-1970s many railroads were consolidated, culminating in the 1980s-1990s era of the railroad "Megamergers".
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27.25" (Two locomotives) Height: 4"