The Bachmann O Scale Alco FA1 Diesel AA Set Pennsylvania 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:
Pennsylvania Railroad: This huge Eastern trunk line began as a trans-Pennsylvania railroad in 1846. With outstanding leaders such as J. Edgar Thomson and Tom Scott the railroad expanded throughout the East, with main lines reaching to Chicago and St. Louis. For many years the largest US railroad and very proud of it, the Pennsylvania billed itself "The Standard Railroad of the World". Major engineering projects such as the Hudson River Tunnels, Penn Station(1910), and Eastern line electrification (1920s-30s) solidified Pennsylvania's reputation as a great American institution. An overbuilt Northeast rail network, a declining industrial base, and huge passenger train losses pushed the PRR to merge with arch-rival New York Central in 1968.
Historical Note: The Pennsylvania Railroad always was a class operation. In their 30th Street Station in Philadelphia the monument dedicated to the Pennsylvania employees who lost their lives in World War II- an angel holding up a Fallen Soldier- still graces the Grand Hall. Seeing this monument is very inspiring.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27.25" (Two locomotives) Height: 4"