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Model Information: Rocky Mountain Model produced this engine for a brief period in the early 1970s. They adopted a Fleishmann mechanism and kept the Fleishmann tender, but created a new locomotive body. The tender contains the motor and the locomotive freewheels. Believe it or not, the tender trucks do not swivel. I guess Fleishmann figured that the tender length was so sort that it’d negotiate curves just fine.
Prototype History: Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives by wheel arrangement, 4-6-0 represents the configuration of four leading wheels on two axles in a leading bogie, six powered and coupled driving wheels on three axles and no trailing wheels. In the mid 19th century, this wheel arrangement became the second most popular configuration for new steam locomotives in the United States of America, where this type is commonly referred to as a Ten-wheeler. As a locomotive pulling trains of light weight all wood passenger cars in the 1890-1920s, it was exceptionally stable at near 100 mph speeds on the New York Central's New York to Chicago Water Level Route and on the Reading Railroad's Camden to Atlantic City, NJ, line. As passenger equipment grew heavier with all steel construction, heavier locomotives replaced the Ten Wheeler.
Road Name History: Some items are designed to have their owner add whatever company marking they choose, usually in the form of decals or dry-transfers. These items are painted in a generic prototypical fashion but with all company affiliation deliberately left off.
Brand/Importer Information: In business for only a brief while in the early 1970s, Rocky Mountain Model was at P.O. Box 175 in Aspen, CO. And yes the official name of the business had no 'S' at the end of the word 'Model' - so no, this is not a typo. It’s thought that they produced only one model.