The Bachmann O Scale Fairbanks-Morse Train Master Diesel Locomotive Virginian (Yellow/ Blue) models the Fairbanks-Morse Train Master diesel locomotive. Successor to Fairbanks-Morse' unsuccessful Consolidation line of cab type locomotives built during the 1950s, the Hood Type Road Switcher H-24-66 Train Master was introduced in 1953 as the most powerful single engine diesel locomotive built up to that time. F-M had packed 2,400 hp into the 38D-12 engine, which included the opposed piston designed prime mover. The six-axle Train Master was viewed as being too powerful by many North American railroads. That issue, plus the expense of maintaining the opposed piston engine and electrical system reliability issues left F-M with another relatively unsuccessful line of locomotives. Between 1953 and 1957 127 units were produced.
Road Name and History:
The Virginian Railway: In the early 20th Century civil engineer William Nelson Page planned a modest coal hauling railroad in southern West Virginia he named the Deepwater Railway. His secret financial backer was Henry Huttleston Rogers (a principal of Standard Oil and a very wealthy man). The major West Virginia coal roads did not want to work with the small railroad on through rates, so Mr. Page with his unlimited funds built the Tidewater Railway from the Deepwater Railway to the Atlantic Ocean port of Norfolk, VA. Started in 1907 and finished in 1909, the new line Page named the Virginian Railway was designed with reduced grades using the most modern engineering available. In an early merger in the Merger Movement the Virginian merged with the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1959. The N&W used a directional running concept (later employed by the Union Pacific on a much larger scale) so the main lines of both predecessor railroads were used for the huge amount of coal traffic. The recent reduction in coal traffic has idled some of the former Virginian trackage.
Historical Trivia: The headquarters of the major Eastern railroad Norfolk Southern, which has absorbed the former Virginian, is located just a few blocks from the former Virginian headquarters in the Norfolk Terminal Station.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 16 7/8" Height: 4"