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The Pacific-type locomotive evolved as the need for power and speed increased. First the four-wheel leading truck delivered stability at the faster speeds. Second six tall drivers provided pulling power and speed. Last a two-wheel trailing truck provided support for a larger firebox. The sum of this design was the 4-6-2 USRA Pacific.
The USRA designation for light and heavy locomotives was a function of the track's ability to withstand weight. Excessive axle weight could damage the rails loosen fastenings and also cause damage to the locomotive. The USRA deemed a maximum of 54000 pounds per axle as a light locomotive. The USRA Light Pacific weighed in at 277000 lbs with a 73 inch driver diameter and a boiler pressure of 200 lb/in.
BLI's models follow the original designs closely. Railroad specific variations are not modeled on these locomotives. In most instances we offer two locomotive numbers for each railroad and we are offering a painted model (black) with no lettering.
NOTICE: Due to insufficient boiler diameter in the USRA Heavy and Light Pacifics these units will not have smoke units.
- NEW Paragon3 Sound & Operation System FEATURING ROLLING THUNDERTM with Authentic Sounds and Prototypical Operation in both DC and DCC environments
- Locomotive Composition: ABS Body with Die Cast Chassis
- Tender Composition: ABS Body with Die Cast Chassis
- Couplers: (2) Operating Kadee or Compatible
- Compatible Tracks: Code 70 83 100 Rail
- Equipped with Traction Tires
- Minimum Operating Radius: 18 in or greater