The Bachmann 027 Scale FA2 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Erie models the American Locomotive Company's cab-type FA2 diesel locomotive. Designed and built in partnership with General Electric (Before GE entered the market with their own product) the FA2 was very similar to the earlier FA except it had an upgraded Alco 244 V-12 prime mover. In design and mechanically very similar to the PA2 built for passenger service- the FA2 was built for freight service- the major difference was the passenger unit was geared for higher speeds. The four axle unit was rated at 1600 hp. Between 1950 and 1953 Alco sold 859 units of this fairly popular locomotive. Continuing improvement by EMD and General Electric's entry into the diesel market (Partnership dissolved in 1953) resulted in Alco struggling to keep its market share. Cab units were also becoming less popular as railroads favored the more versatile Road Switcher models.
Road Name and History:
Erie Railroad: The New York State legislature chartered the New York & Erie Railroad in1832. In 1851 the Erie had built a continuous route from the Hudson River to Lake Erie. In 1852 the railroad purchased its own line to reach Northern New Jersey. In the 1870s through consolidation the Erie Railroad reached some cities in the Midwest including Chicago. Always the smallest of the four major Eastern Trunk Lines, the Erie struggled against the much larger Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroads. Even the Great Depression could not stop the Erie, which survived a bankruptcy in 1938. Emerging in 1941, the railroad rebounded after World War II. Faced with declining business in a changing economy, to reduce duplicate facilities Erie merged with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in 1960, creating Erie Lackawanna.
Historical Fact: The Erie Railroad was a victim of an early corporate scheme in the period right after the Civil War. In 1866-68 Cornelius Vanderbilt, owner of the New York Central & Hudson River, was building his great railroad empire, which was to include the Erie. Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, on the Erie board, began printing more and more "watered down" shares Vanderbilt unwittingly kept buying. Involving Gould and Fisk fleeing to New Jersey, Tammany Hall politics, and dishonest judges the Erie War sealed Jay Gould's fate to be labelled the worst of the "Robber Barons". He later went on to be a successful railroad executive, but his reputation never recovered.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 22" (Two locomotives) Height: 3 1/2"
Note: "0" Scale and "027" Scale can both use "O" Scale rolling stock (Gauge is the same). "027" track is lighter and the curves are sharper- a circle is 27" vs. 31" for "O" Scale. Caution: Some "O" Scale locomotives will run on "031" curves BUT NOT on "027".