Baltimore & Ohio #374
Walthers Part # 920-60300
HO scale, $379.98, sold out at Walthers
As the US entered World War I, the need to move cars quickly in yards,
industrial areas and ports became critical. But many roads soon found their
switchers weren't up to the job. Once the United States Railway
Administration (USRA) assumed control, the need for larger and more
powerful switch engines soon became a priority. As with road engines, the
USRA designed both a light (0-6-0) and heavy switcher (0-8-0), and
construction began in 1918.
Larger and more powerful than many 0-6-0s then in service, the USRA locos
could handle all types of switching and some transfer work. In addition,
the larger tenders carrying
8,000 gallons of water and 16 tons of coal increased efficiency, as fewer
trips to the water tank and coal dock were needed.
Production ended in 1919 with 255 engines built and in service on 28
railroads. Following the end of USRA control in 1920, some roads ordered
copies of these engines, while others used the design as a starting point
for improved 0-6-0s. Owners of original engines also began modifying them
to match their own standards; many rebuilt tender coal bunkers to improve
rearward visibility, and/or replaced headlights, bells and other
Now available with factory-installed QSI sound & DCC (which also operates
on DC power), these models are a perfect choice for switching chores on any
steam-era pike and feature:
* Factory-installed QSI Quantum System with Dual Speakers
* Sound Operates on DC or DCC and includes: Realistic Exhaust, Whistle, Bell,
Squealing Brakes, Doppler Effect, Air Let Off, Generator Whine; Trailer
mutes Whistle & Bell for Double-Heading
* Slow Speed Less than 3 Scale Miles Per Hour
* Separate Driver set w/Traction Tires for Maximum Pulling Power
* Loco & Tender Electrical Pick-Up
* Nickel-Silver Plated RP-25 Wheels
* Operating Cab Windows & Meticulously Detailed Cab Interior
* Tender Coal Bunker Style as Appropriate to Road
* Includes History Booklet, Certificate of Quality and QSI Sound Reference
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