The Bachmann O Scale Fairbanks-Morse Train Master Diesel Locomotive Wabash 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:
Wabash Railway: The earliest predecessor of the Wabash was the Northern Cross Railroad, chartered in 1837 to build a railroad line from Quincy, IL, to the Indiana State Line. The Northern Missouri Railroad began purchasing rail lines in the Midwest, growing a regional system. After that railroad ran into financial difficulty, in 1872 its operations were taken over by the St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Railroad. Jay Gould became involved with the Wabash in 1879, merging the SL, KC & N with the Wabash (a small carrier then) to create the Wabash, St. Louis, & Pacific. The company entered receivership in 1884 and emerged as the Wabash in 1889. With the growth of the automobile industry the Wabash, which had a route from Detroit to Kansas City and St. Louis (avoiding the Chicago Gateway), became a critical link in the US rail network. The successful Wabash merged with the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1964. The Detroit-Kansas City line remains a very important route, now for the Norfolk Southern.
Historical Trivia: The late 19th Century American folk song "The Wabash Cannonball" is about a mythical train (towns named in song are not on the Wabash). Capitalizing on the song the Wabash Railroad in fact named their Detroit- St. Louis train the "Wabash Cannonball" in 1949, that survived until Amtrak's arrival in 1971.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 17" Height: 4"
Navigates 0-31 curves.