The Bachmann O27 Scale Alco FA-2 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Santa Fe models the famous FA-2 Locomotive introduced by the American Locomotive Company(Alco) in 1950. With World War II ending and railroads in the market for diesel locomotives, Alco partnered with General Electric to design the FA-1, introduced in 1946. The FA-2 had a slight body design change that enabled a steam generator behind the radiator. Like the FA-1 the FA-2 had a Model 244 prime mover with 16 cylinders that generated 2,000 hp. Between 1950 and 1956 334 "A" Units and 194 "B" Units were built. (Alco developed the PA-1 and the PA-2 in the same time frames for passenger service). Unsatisfied with the performance of the Model 244 engine, General Electric left the Alco partnership in 1953 to begin manufacturing its own line of locomotives. The American Locomotive Company, founded in 1901 with the merger of seven smaller manufacturers, became for many years the second largest steam locomotive producer after Baldwin. GE's successful entry into diesel locomotive production meant the end of Alco, which ceased building locomotives in 1969. This Set includes 2 "A" Units, one powered and one dummy.
Road Name and History:
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway: The dream of Cyrus Holliday was a railroad to Santa Fe and the Pacific. Chartered in Kansas in 1859, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway slowly stretched its lines across Kansas, then on to Colorado and New Mexico. By 1883 the Santa Fe had reached Needles, CA, and with an agreement with Southern Pacific reached Los Angeles (Fulfilling a dream) in 1897. In 1886 Santa Fe purchased a line extending its reach to Texas. One huge investment was the 1907 completion of the Belen Cut-Off that saved the railroad the time and expense of Raton Pass. Well-managed and profitable, the Santa Fe was a leader among railroads, innovating with fast freight trains and glamorous passenger trains. The company became closely associated with the Romantic Southwest, a relationship it cultivated. Prosperous to the end, in 1995 with US rail systems consolidating Santa Fe joined Burlington Northern to form Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (Later BNSF)
Historical Note: During the mid 1930s the Santa Fe was seeking a new Native-American themed livery for the diesel locomotives that were to power the new streamlined Super Chief. Leland Knickerbocker, a designer for General Motors, created the beautiful "War Bonnet" design. Arguably the most famous locomotive livery of all time, Santa Fe used this color scheme until passenger service was turned over to Amtrak in 1971. Mike Haverty resurrected the "War Bonnet" for Santa Fe locomotives during the late 1980s- merger with Burlington Northern in 1995 to form BNSF ended the scheme.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 22" (Two locomotives) Height: 3 1/2"