The Bachmann O Scale Fairbanks-Morse Train Master Milwaukee Road 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:
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad: The predecessor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad was the Milwaukee & Waukesha Railroad which was chartered in 1847. By merging, purchasing, and building rail lines this railroad eventually emerged as the Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul Railway (The Milwaukee Road) in 1873. Of the Granger Roads that blanketed the Midwest with rail lines after the Civil War, The Milwaukee Road was to be one of the more successful lines- it developed an extensive rail system, reaching Council Bluffs, IA in 1882 and Kansas City in 1887. Faced with the combined Great Northern/Northern Pacific/Burlington Hill Lines, in 1908 The Milwaukee Road boldly extended its operations to the Pacific Northwest, which even featured electrified lines in the Rocky Mountains. The last spike of the Pacific Extension was driven at Garrison, MT, in 1909. The railroad turned out to be one too many Pacific Northwest railroad- traffic levels never met projections- and the company went bankrupt in 1925. In 1935 the Milwaukee Road went bankrupt again, and yet again in 1977. Abandoning the Pacific Extension in 1980 still could not save the Milwaukee- in 1985 Soo Line purchased the railroad. The Milwaukee Road was no more.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 17" Height: 4"
Navigates 0-31 curves.