The Bachmann O Scale Alco FA1 Diesel AA Set Western Maryland 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:
Western Maryland Railway: The Maryland General Assembly chartered the Western Maryland Railway's predecessor line in 1852. A small railroad whose growth was stopped by the Civil War, the WM expanded in western Maryland during the 1870s-1880s. The railroad's major shareholder was the City of Baltimore, which in 1902 sold the railroad to the Gould interests. While closely associated with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the Western Maryland remained independent but seeing all the consolidation in the railroad industry joined C&O/B&O in 1967. Western Maryland lost its identity and much of its route structure in 1973 when the small railroad was merged into Chessie System.
Travel Tip: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad operates a part of the former Western Maryland Railway main line between Cumberland and Frostburg, MD. On this beautiful segment this tourist railroad features WM's "Helmstetter's Curve".
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27.25" (Two locomotives) Height: 4"