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N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0002 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco DL-109 - Santa Fe - 50

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N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0002 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco DL-109 - Santa Fe - 50


Brand Hallmark Models
Stock Number NS0002
Secondary Stock Number BG-SKU: 34695
Manufacturer Samhongsa
Body Style Hallmark Diesel Engine DL-109
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, Alco DL-109 (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks ATSF
Road or Reporting Number 50
Paint Color(s) Silver and Red
Paint Scheme Warbonnet
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Brass
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1983-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Alco
Model Variety DL-109
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Box set containing a A-B pair.
The A-unit is actually a DL-107 (road # 50) and has been improperly designated as a DL-109 by Hallmark.
The B-unit is actually a DL-108 (road # 50A) and has been improperly designated as a DL-110 by Hallmark.
The Santa Fe purchased only one of this locomotive type.

Model Information: This brass model was introduced by Hallmark in 1984. Like most brass locomotive models, this engine lacks window-glazing, lighting, and couplers. It does, fortunately, have pockets for easy installation of MTL couplers, and they even provide the screws to help you attach them. The shell detail is excellent. The paint is sharp and there are tons of detail parts such as hand-grabs. They also have detailed interiors. This is a fairly rare feature for ANY N Scale model. All wheels are geared. Ten of the twelve wheels provide pickup The loco is driven by a 5-pole, skew-wound motor.

DCC Information: No provision for DCC

Prototype History:
The ALCO DL-109 is one of six models of A1A-A1A Diesel locomotives built to haul passenger trains by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) between December, 1939 and April, 1945 ("DL" stands for Diesel Locomotive). They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead A units DL-103b, DL-105, DL-107, DL-109 and cabless booster B units DL-108, DL-110 models were built. The units were styled by noted industrial designer Otto Kuhler, who incorporated into his characteristic cab (US Patent D121,219) the trademark three-piece windshield design. A total of 74 cab units and four cabless booster units were built.

Alco's DL-109 marks their early entry into the passenger diesel market in 1940. With its sleek lines, knife-edged nose and long wheelbase, it was ideally suited for high-speed service, and with 2,000 horsepower under the hood, it could handle passengers or high-speed freight with ease. Because of its dual-service capabilities, Alco was allowed to construct the DL-109 in the face of wartime restrictions on passenger-only locos, and the units performed admirably round the clock, handling passengers during the day and freight trains at night. Using lessons learned with the DL-109, it was succeeded by the PA-1 in 1946. Full data sheet on The Diesel Workshop.

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Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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Brand/Importer Information:
Hallmark Models was the importing arm of Bobbye Hall's Hobby Shop of Dallas, Texas. When Bobbye Hall retired in her nineties, both the importing business and the shop closed down.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2016-08-10 04:20:16. Last edited by gdm on 2018-05-31 18:28:35

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