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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 985 50 124 - Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, H-16-44 - Santa Fe - 3019

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Stock Number 985 50 124
Secondary Stock Number 985 50 124
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Atlas
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Atlas Diesel Engine H-16-44
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, H-16-44 (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 3019
Paint Color(s) Blue and Yellow
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack ID Number 993 01 280
Series Name Weathered
DCC Readiness Friendly
Release Date 2015-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Fairbanks-Morse
Model Variety H-16-44
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1950-1963
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Includes Atlas H16-44 (985 50 124)

Model Information: Atlas introduced the Fairbanks-Morse H-15-44 and H-16-44 models in 2003. These two body styles share the same internal mechanism. The models are standard high-quality modern mechanisms featuring split-frames, dual flywheels, and magnetic operating knuckle couplers. They have typical high-end smooth and quiet running and can pull the expected 30+ cars on a flat surface.

These models are delivered in several variations:
- Early or Late body
- Rounded or Square windows
- Sill- or Body-mounted handrails

DCC Information: These models are DCC-Friendly and accept drop-in decoders such as the Digitrax DN163A0.

The DCC install requires some work, because of the reversible green/red classification lights, that will not come with the above replacement drop-in decoder. For this reason, these models are decidedly DCC-Friendly rather than DCC-Ready. In our opinion, it is worth the extra $ to buy a decoder-equipped version (with a NCE decoder) rather than do it yourself unless you are very comfortable with a soldering iron. Brad Myers has an excellent guide (NScaleStations Blog) on how to do it if you are feeling brave.

Prototype History:
The FM H-16-44 was a road switcher produced by Fairbanks-Morse from April 1950 – February 1963. The locomotive shared an identical platform and carbody with the predecessor Model FM H-15-44 (but not the FM H-20-44 end cab road switcher which used a different carbody and frame and a larger prime mover), and were equipped with the same eight-cylinder opposed piston engine that had been uprated to 1,600 horsepower (1,200 kW). The H-16-44 was configured in a B-B wheel arrangement, mounted atop a pair of two-axle AAR Type-B road trucks with all axles powered. In late 1950, the AAR trucks were almost exclusively replaced with the same units found on the company's "C-liner" locomotives.

The FM H-16-44 would prove the builder's most successful road-switcher of the five Fairbanks-Morse ultimately cataloged. Not only did this particularly locomotive see strong sales but the company also found a variety of buyers including foreign lines in Mexico as well as orders through its subsidiary, the Canadian Locomotive Company. 209 were built for American railroads, 58 were manufactured from March 1955 – June 1957 by the Canadian Locomotive Company for use in Canada, and 32 units were exported to Mexico.

From Wikipedia

Full F-M H-16-44 data sheet on The Diesel Shop.

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.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.

Item created by: George on 2016-09-18 15:05:18. Last edited by Alain LM on 2021-01-01 14:01:30

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