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2500 HP Transfer Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)
Product Line: Premier
Roadname: Elgin, Joliet & Eastern
Shipping Date: Delivered Sep. 2012
In 1950-1951, Lima-Hamilton built twenty-two colossal 2,500-hp transfer units for the Pennsylvania Railroad. These boxy center-cab units served for transfer work, which was similar to switching but on a larger scale. Rather than simply moving cars around a yard, these more powerful diesel engines moved cars from one yard to another, covering longer distances and heavier consists that would have been too challenging for many switchers. Although this large, dual-engine unit worked well for the PRR and its need to move coal cars from the mines to a central yard, such a large transfer unit proved too bulky and inflexible for many railroads, which opted for a cow-and-calf arrangement when they needed to perform heavier switching duties.
M.T.H. continues our proud tradition of offering models of unusual prototypes with an impressive, highly detailed version of this unique engine.
Did You Know?
Lima-Hamilton built only these 22 transfer units, 136 switchers, and 16 road switchers before they were subsumed in a merger with Baldwin.
Intricately Detailed ABS Body Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank Colorful Paint Scheme Metal Chassis Metal Handrails and Decorative Horn (2) Cab Figures Metal Wheels and Axles (2) Operating Metal Couplers Unit Measures:19 5/8" x 2 1/2" x 3 5/8" Operates On O-42 Curves