The Lionel O Scale 4-6-4 Hudson Steam Locomotive Chesapeake & Ohio 305 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. Eventually 21 North American railroads, including the Chesapeake & Ohio, would purchase 4-6-4 Hudson Type locomotives (Slightly different designs than the NYC). Specifically designed for crack passenger trains, the Hudsons were the first steam locomotives to be replaced by the new streamlined diesel locomotives entering service in the 1930s.
Road Name and History:
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway: The Louisa Railroad was chartered in 1836 to build a railroad into Louisa County, Virginia. By 1850 under the name Virginia Central the railroad reached Charlottesville, VA. Westward expansion was disrupted by the Civil War but the railroad survived and as the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad was purchased by Collis Huntington in 1869. Conceiving the C&O as a transcontinental extension of Huntington's Southern Pacific Railroad, under his leadership the railroad continued to expand, reaching the Ohio River in 1873. During 1875 the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad went into receivership and emerged as the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. In 1888 the C&O reached Cincinnati. Also in that year Huntington lost control of the road. By the turn of the 20th Century Chesapeake & Ohio Railway had become a major coal hauler and a very successful railroad. With financial muscle the C&O continued to grow, purchasing the Pere Marquette Railroad in 1930 and taking control of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1963. Successful until its end, the C&O merged with Seaboard Coast Line in 1987 to become the mew mega-railroad CSX. Most of C&O's route structure are operating main lines in the CSX system. Two important cities- Newport News, VA (as a seaport for coal) and Huntington, WV (as a major yard with shop facilities) were developed by C&O.
Historical Note: For many years the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway owned the famous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. During the Cold War, bunkers to secure the National Government in case of nuclear attack were built under this famous resort.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Model Trains since 1900.