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N Scale - Bachmann - 81855 - Engine, Diesel, GE 44T - New Haven - 0818

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Stock Number 81855
Original Retail Price $136.00
Manufacturer Bachmann
Brand Bachmann
Body Style Bachmann Diesel Switcher GE 44 T
Prototype Engine, Diesel, GE 44T
Road or Company Name New Haven (Details)
Reporting Marks NH
Road or Reporting Number 0818
Paint Color(s) Black & Red
Print Color(s) Red & White
Coupler Type E-Z Mate Mark II Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety 44T
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder
Release Date 2016-09-01



Model Information: Bachmann introduced this model in 2009. It is very impressive in the detail as well as that they were able to build in full DCC functionality into such a small space without hindering the engine's operating performance. The model features blackened, low-profile wheels, nice body details and EZ-Mate II body-mount couplers. The pricing was also very aggressive considering the quality of production and DCC capability.

Our experience was that they programmed up quite nicely and could pull more than 10 cars despite the diminutive size. Unfortunately our first engine went completely dead after a day or so. Bachmann's excellent customer service promptly provided a replacement which runs fine.

DCC Information: The factory decoder is a typical dual-mode job that operates fine in a DC-only layout.

Road Name History:
The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (reporting mark NH), commonly known as the New Haven, was a railroad that operated in New England from 1872 to 1968, dominating the region's rail traffic for the first half of the 20th century.

Beginning in the 1890s and accelerating in 1903, New York banker J. P. Morgan sought to monopolize New England transportation by arranging the NH's acquisition of 50 companies, including other railroads and steamship lines, and building a network of electrified trolley lines that provided interurban transportation for all of southern New England. By 1912, the New Haven operated more than 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of track, with 120,000 employees, and practically monopolized traffic in a wide swath from Boston to New York City.

This quest for monopoly angered Progressive Era reformers, alienated public opinion, resulted in high prices for acquisitions, and increased construction costs. Debt soared from $14 million in 1903 to $242 million in 1913, even as the advent of automobiles, trucks and buses reduced railroad profits. Also in 1913, the federal government filed an anti-trust lawsuit that forced the NH to divest its trolley systems.

The line became bankrupt in 1935, was reorganized and reduced in scope, went bankrupt again in 1961, and in 1969 was merged with the Penn Central system, formed a year earlier by the merger of the also bankrupt New York Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad; Already a poorly conceived merger, Penn Central proceeded to go bankrupt in 1970, becoming the largest bankruptcy in the U.S. until the Enron Corporation superseded it in 2001. The remnants of the system now comprise Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, (parts of) Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, Shore Line East, parts of the MBTA, and numerous freight operators such as CSX and the Providence and Worcester Railroad. The majority of the system is now owned publicly by the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

Read more on Wikipedia and New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, Inc.

Brand/Importer Information:
Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2020-06-30 13:07:05

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