The beautifuly crafted MTH HO Alco PA A/B Set W/ PS3 New York Central would make a wonderful addition to your HO Scale model railroad. This unit models the Alco PA, which was introduced by the American Locomotive Company in partnership with General Electric Company immediately after World War II. The beautiful PA1 cab-type locomotives with their smooth lines were very popular with railfans. Similar to the FA1 designed for freight service, the PA1 was designed for passenger trains and hence had a gear ratio for higher speeds. Otherwise, the two Alco products were very similar. The four axle engine with the 244 V16 engine was rated at 2,000 hp. Between 1946 and 1949 222 units were produced. The rush to production resulted in reliability issues with the 244 V16 engine, and GE left the partnership with Alco in 1953. Alco could not gain market share against its rivals EMD and GE, finally ceasing production of locomotives in 1969.
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.