Delivered Sep. 2012
2500 HP Transfer Diesel Engine (Non-Powered) - SOO Line
Cab No. 399
First appeared in:
2012 Volume 1
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 BodyDie-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel TankColorful Paint SchemeMetal ChassisMetal Handrails and Decorative Horn(2) Cab FiguresMetal 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