During World War I, Uncle Sam nationalized the railroads when they proved unequal to the task of moving massive amounts of men and materiel for the war effort. The agency that ran the trains was the United States Railroad Administration, or USRA, and one of its chief accomplishments was the creation of 12 steam engine designs that lasted for decades. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USRA locomotives were \"the first successful standardization of American motive power\" - and the only standard designs until the diesel era.
In the World War I period, the 4-6-2 Pacific was the favored mainline passenger engine in relatively level territory, so the USRA designs included light and heavy 4-6-2s. The heavy version, designed for trackage that allowed a heavier axle load, was similar in most major dimensions to the existing Pennsylvania K4s and Chesapeake & Ohio F-17 Pacifics. Both had been designed around 1913 and were considered powerful and fast locomotives for their time.
Only 20 government-issue heavy Pacifics were actually built, all of them going to the Erie Railroad. But like most USRA designs, the heavy Pacific was so good that a number of railroads ordered copies after government control ended. The Erie bought 11 more, and at least three of the most successful heavy Pacifics built in the 1920s were based on the USRA design: the Baltimore & Ohio P-7d \"President\" class, the C&O F-19, and the Southern Railway Ps-4. A survivor of the latter class resides today in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., resplendent in the Southern's famous green livery with gold striping.
The USRA heavy Pacific returns to the Premier line for 2017, upgraded with wireless drawbar, quillable whistle, cab-to-tender deck plate, and additional details (not all details are shown in photos). Relive the days when these high-stepping Pacifics led mainline passenger runs, or their later years when they were relegated to local passenger trains and even freight service.
- Intricately Detailed, Die-Cast Boiler and Chassis
- Intricately Detailed, Die-Cast Tender Body
- Authentic Paint Scheme
- Real Tender Coal Load
- Die-Cast Locomotive Trucks
- Handpainted Engineer and Fireman Figures
- Metal Handrails, Whiste and Bell
- Metal Wheels and Axles
- Remote Controlled Proto-Coupler
- O Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
- Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
- Constant Voltage LED Headlight
- Operating LED Firebox Glow
- Operating LED Marker Lights
- Lighted LED Cab Interior
- Operating Tender LED Back-up Light
- Powerful 7-Pole Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motor
- Synchronized Puffing ProtoSmoke System
- Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
- Wireless Drawbar
- 1:48 Scale Dimensions
- Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
- Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Quillable Whistle With Passenger Station Proto-Effects
- Unit Measures: 24 5/16" x 2 9/16" x 3 15/16"
- Operates On O-42 Curves