The Lionel Century Club S2 Steam Turbine Locomotive Pennsylvania models the S2 steam turbine locomotive manufactured by the Pennsylvania Railroad. One of these locomotives- which had an 6-8-6 wheel arrangement- was built in 1944 for wartime service. The S2 was the largest direct drive turbine locomotive ever built. The huge locomotive proved to be powerful and very dependable. While fuel consumption at high speeds was very efficient, at lower speeds the locomotive was very inefficient. These issues, along with the success of the new diesel locomotives, insured only one of the S2s would ever be built.
Note: The Tender for this locomotive, Item # LIO18068, is sold on this page.
Historic Note: Some railroads built their own steam locomotives in addition to purchasing locomotives from Baldwin, Alco, and Lima. Pennsylvania Railroad's immense shops in Altoona, PA, was a major center of steam locomotive production.
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.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Model Trains since 1900.