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N Scale - Life-Like - 7492 - Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, Erie-Built - Pennsylvania - 9472A, 9472B

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N Scale - Life-Like - 7492 - Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, Erie-Built - Pennsylvania - 9472A, 9472B


N Scale - Life-Like - 7492 - Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, Erie-Built - Pennsylvania - 9472A, 9472B


Brand Life-Like
Stock Number 7492
Original Retail Price $160.00
Manufacturer Life-Like
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Life-Like Diesel Engine Fairbanks Morse Erie-Built
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, Erie-Built (Details)
Road or Company Name Pennsylvania (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 9472A, 9472B
Paint Color(s) Brunswick Green, w. one Gold stripe
Print Color(s) Gold
Paint Scheme One stripe
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 2002-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Fairbanks-Morse
Model Variety Erie-Built
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1945-1949
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: A + B units, both powered

Model Information: Model introduced in 2002, with Rapido couplers and a dummy knuckle front coupler. Very limited and unique run.
It re-used the same chassis structure introduced by Life-Like for its 2000 Alco FA-1/FB-1 and 2001 F-M C-Liner, though longer.
Sold in A/B pairs or as A Unit singletons.

Features:
- Modern split-frame design.
- Non-Directional bulb headlight on A units
- 12 Wheel electrical Pick-Up with Heavy Metal Chassis
- Five-Pole, Skew Wound Armature motor w/dual machined flywheels
- dummy knuckle front coupler on A units

DCC Information: No provision for DCC.

Prototype History:
The Erie-built was the first streamlined, cab-equipped dual service diesel locomotive built by Fairbanks-Morse, introduced as direct competition to such models as the ALCO PA and EMD E-unit. As F-M lacked the space to manufacture the units in their own plant, the work was subcontracted out to General Electric, which produced the locomotives at its Erie, Pennsylvania, facility, thereby giving rise to the name "Erie-built."

The unit's 2,000 hp (1,500 kW), ten-cylinder opposed piston engine prime mover provided ample power to its A1A-A1A wheel set. F-M retained the services of renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy to create a visually impressive car body for the Erie-built. The initial windshield configuration utilized rectangular glass panes, whereas those units manufactured after March, 1947 received windshields with a curved upper contour. Most units rode on conventional General Steel Castings trucks, but many were fitted with specialized, fabricated, assemblies. Eight of nine KCS Erie-builts were later repowered with an EMD 567 series diesel engine rated at 1750 horsepower.

82 cab-equipped lead A units and 29 cabless booster B units were built for American railroads between December 1945 and April 1949. Afterward, F-M continued to market dual service streamlined units under its Consolidated line of locomotives, more commonly referred to as "C-liners".

No FM Erie-Built units are known to survive today.

From Wikipedia
Read more on American-Rails.com

Full F-M Erie-Built data sheet on The Diesel Shop.

Road Name History:
The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy," the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Life-Like Products LLC (now Life-Like Toy and Hobby division of Wm. K. Walthers) was a manufacturer of model railroad products and was based in Baltimore, Maryland.

It was founded in the 1950s by a company that pioneered extruded foam ice chests under the Lifoam trademark. Because ice chests are a summer seasonal item, the company needed a way to keep the factory operating year round. As model railroading was becoming popular in the post-war years, they saw this as an opportunity and so manufactured extruded foam tunnels for model trains. Over the years, Life-Like expanded into other scenery items, finally manufacturing rolling stock beginning in the late 1960s. At some point in the early 1970s, Life-Like purchased Varney Inc. and began to produce the former Varney line as its own.

The Canadian distributor for Life-Like products, Canadian Hobbycraft, saw a missing segment in market for Canadian model prototypes, and started producing a few Canadian models that were later, with a few modifications, offered in the US market with US roadnames.

In 2005, the company, now known as Lifoam Industries, LLC, decided to concentrate on their core products of extruded foam and sold their model railroad operations to Wm. K. Walthers.

In June 2018, Atlas and Walthers announced to have reached an agreement under which all Walthers N scale rolling stock tooling, including the former Life-Like tooling, will be purchased by Atlas.

Read more on Wikipedia and The Train Collectors Association.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-08-01 11:29:53. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-08-01 11:33:49

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