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N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0001 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco DL-109 - Rock Island

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N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0001 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco DL-109 - Rock Island


N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0001 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco DL-109 - Rock Island


Brand Hallmark Models
Stock Number NS0001
Secondary Stock Number BG-SKU: 34867
Original Retail Price $150.00
Manufacturer Samhongsa
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Hallmark Diesel Engine DL-109
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, Alco DL-109 (Details)
Road or Company Name Rock Island (Details)
Reporting Marks RI
Paint Color(s) Red, Maroon and Gray
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Kit Material(s) Brass and Injection Molded Plastic
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: Model referenced by Brasstrains.com.

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.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Road Name History:
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (CRI&P RR) (reporting marks RI, ROCK) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was also known as the Rock Island Line, or, in its final years, The Rock. At the end of 1970 it operated 7183 miles of road on 10669 miles of track; that year it reported 20557 million ton-miles of revenue freight and 118 million passenger-miles. (Those totals may or may not include the former Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.)

Its predecessor, the Rock Island and La Salle Railroad Company, was incorporated in Illinois on February 27, 1847, and an amended charter was approved on February 7, 1851, as the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad. Construction began October 1, 1851, in Chicago, and the first train was operated on October 10, 1852, between Chicago and Joliet. Construction continued on through La Salle, and Rock Island was reached on February 22, 1854, becoming the first railroad to connect Chicago with the Mississippi River.

In 1980 Rock Island was liquidated. The railroad's locomotives, rail cars, equipment, tracks, and real estate were sold to other railroads or to scrappers. William Gibbons (the trustee) was able to raise more than $500 million in the liquidation, paying off all the railroad's creditors, bondholders and all other debts in full at face value with interest. Henry Crown was ultimately proven correct, as both he and other bondholders who had purchased Rock Island debt for cents on the dollar during the low ebb in prices did especially well.

Read more on Wikipedia and Rock Island Technical Society.

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.

Manufacturer Information: Samhongsa was a Korean manufacturer of model trains, well know for its brass models, imported notably by Hallmark Models. The company ceased its activity in the early 2000s. Some of the employees continued the brass model business as Sam Model Tech..

Item created by: Alain LM on 2016-08-10 04:33:04. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-08-11 09:05:09

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