The Lionel Century Club Hudson Steam Locomotive New York Central models the famous 4-6-4 Hudson Type Steam Locomotive that was developed to pull the heavier, faster trains of the 1920s. The existing 4-6-2 Pacific Type (height of technology at that time) could no longer meet railroad operating requirements. Lima responded with the 2-8-4 Berkshire, and Alco working with the New York Central developed the 4-6-4 Hudson. The Hudson proved to be a very successful locomotive. The American Locomotive Company (Alco) built 265 Hudsons for the New York Central between 1927 and 1938- their role was to pull fast crack passenger trains. Not as effective at lower speeds, in 1944 the War Production Board approved NYC developing the 4-8-4 Niagara (Most railroads called these locomotives Northerns), but only 27 were built. Most of the Hudsons survived until New York Central's dieselization in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Road Name and History:
New York Central Railroad: One of the great Eastern Trunk Lines, the New York Central was the creation of Cornelius Vanderbilt, America's first tycoon, who through excellent management and expansion built this railroad into one of the great railroads serving the East and Midwest. The railroad was famed as the "Water Level Route" since using Hudson and Mohawk River valleys and the Great Lakes shoreline it avoided crossing the Appalachian Mountains. After the Vanderbilt family left the company's management, the NYC remained a strong railroad for the first half of the 20th Century, its reputation enhanced with the 1913 completion of Grand Central Terminal. Like its rival the Pennsylvania, the decline of heavy industry in the East, passenger train losses, and an overbuilt plant had the New York Central and Pennsylvania seeking merger that finally took place in 1968.
Historical Note: The Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited and the New York Central's Twentieth Century Limited were scheduled out of Chicago at nearly the same time. In the 1920s-1950s both railroad's crack trains would roll through the Englewood neighborhood at Chicago where the main lines were side by side. Many times it turned into a race!
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Model Trains since 1900.