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Body Style Information: This model was introduced in 2009 (ES44AC), 2010 (ES44DC) and 2013 (ES44C4). The Fox Valley ES44AC was their first N scale locomotive model. It is an amazing first effort. The paint and detailing are outstanding (exceeding even the likes of Atlas and Kato). They run quietly and can pull a lot of cars on a flat surface and handle well even on steep inclines.
This is a typical modern engine with a split frame, blackened metal wheels, dual flywheels, and LED lighting.
This ES44C4 is using FVM standard DC body; FVM tooled new trucks to represent the added levers and cylinders that raise and lower the middle axle on the real deal. This is done to adjust the amount of tractive effort applied to the rails on the 4 drive axles.
DCC Information: The DCC upgrade is as easy as it gets, using the 6-Pin NMRA (NEM651) standard socket.
This Fox Valley Model does not require full disassembly, but only removal of the fans cover.
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Prototype Information: The Evolution Series is a line of diesel locomotives built by GE Transportation Systems, initially designed to meet the U.S. EPA's Tier 2 locomotive emissions standards that took effect in 2005. The first pre-production units were built in 2003. Evolution Series locomotives are equipped with either AC or DC traction motors, depending on the customer's preference. All are powered by the GE GEVO engine.
The ES44AC (Evolution Series, 4400 HP, AC traction) replaces the AC4400CW model in GE's range. These locomotives have been ordered by every Class I railroad in North America.
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The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies. At the end of 1925, it operated 10,515 miles of rail line; in the 1920s, it carried nearly three times the traffic as other railroads of comparable length, such as the Union Pacific or Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.
At one time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, with a budget larger than that of the U.S. government and a workforce of about 250,000 people. The corporation still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history: it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for more than 100 years in a row.
In 1968, PRR merged with rival NYC to form the Penn Central Transportation Company, which filed for bankruptcy within two years. The viable parts were transferred in 1976 to Conrail, which was itself broken up in 1999, with 58 percent of the system going to the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), including nearly all of the former PRR. Amtrak received the electrified segment east of Harrisburg.
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Other challenges inspired additional products including wooden grade crossings, trestles and different lineside structures. As our product line expands, input and requests from friends and customers help shape the product selection further.
Future products, under development, include more parts, structures, details and rolling stock. We strive to offer a good quality product at an affordable price.
Item created by: gdm on 2017-05-31 09:16:18
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