There is probably no more recognized or outstanding paint scheme in the world of trains than the dynamic and awe-inspiring Southern Pacific Daylight pattern. First conceptualized in the 1930s, the colorful scheme was so well received and such a beautiful presentation that the SP included it on many of their diesel and steam passenger consists for decades. That storied and historically significant paint comes to life with these new offerings from Lionel. High in detail with dual front lights and realistic looking number boards, this set will be sure to capture your eye and your heart. Inspired by the fantastic Southern Pacific passenger trains of an era gone by these fabulous locomotives can now find a place of significance on your layout, too. Consider creating a full lash-up by adding the separately available powered PB B unit. Set Includes Powered A-unit and Non-powered A-unit.
HO PA AB with Proto-Sound 3.0 Santa Fe A-Unit #60 and B-Unit #60A
First appeared in: 2013 HO Volume 1
The PA was Alco's glamour girl. While Electro-Motive's E-units easily outsold Alco's passenger engine, the PA is widely regarded as the most beautiful first-generation diesel - period. Perhaps no other locomotive looked so right at the head of the streamlined trains of the late forties and fifties that were the last hurrah of American long-distance passenger service. The 294 PA's and cabless PB's built between 1946 and 1953 powered some of America's most famous name trains, from the Southern Pacific's Daylight to the Pennsylvania's Broadway Limited. In recognition of its beauty, some fans refer to the PA as an "honorary steam locomotive."
The muscular PA profile and its elegant nose, with the characteristic grille around the headlight, were designed by Ray Patten, General Electric's head of industrial design. At the time, GE and Alco were partners in the locomotive business, with GE making the electrical equipment for all Alco diesels. Patten's design was described as "a locomotive so distinctive and so powerful looking that it actually helps railroads sell their services to passengers and shippers." While Alco would later fall by the wayside, GE went on to become America's largest locomotive builder by the early 1990's.
Under the hood of the PA beat a 16-cylinder model 244 prime mover that developed 2000 hp. Depending on their gearing, PA's could hustle a passenger consist along at up to 100 mph.
Long after all other PA's had gone to scrap, four restored ex-Santa Fe units remained in service on the Delaware & Hudson into the late 1970's. Sold to the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico (FNM) in 1978, most of the units eventually deteriorated to junk status, although one remained operational. But in April of 2000, Doyle McCormack - who also happens to be the engineer of No. 4449, the restored South
Lionel 18952 ATSF Railway 2000 Alco PA-1 diesel locomotive C9 in OB. Satisfaction ensured. Always a great way to show off your personal sense of style.
Bachmann item number 63203 HO Scale Train Alco S4 Diesel Loco DCC SoundTraxx Equipped New York Central System P & Le #8662.
Alco's 1,000-HP S4 switcher was the fourth entry in the company's highly successful "S" series of diesels. Their sturdy construction and ease of maintenance made them popular with a wide variety of railroads. This DCC sound-equipped S4 diesel includes our Sound Value SoundTraxx® diesel sound package with prototypical engine exhaust, air horn, short horn, and bell.
Features include: DCC sound-equipped operating dual directional headlights die-cast chassis die-cast fuel tanks and underframe die-cast gear tower E-Z Mate® Mark II couplers
106-0703N PA AB Set Pennsylvania RR #5752 & #5750BPrototype Information:ALCO's beautiful PA-1 is one of America's most famous locomotives. It was ALCO's entry into the passenger train diesel craze, competing directly with the E-Units from EMD.
Brand new in box. Never run. Hard to Find. Mid 1970's. You receive the dummy and powered car.
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