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N Scale - Grani&Partners - 53257 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco FA/FB - Santa Fe

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N Scale - Grani&Partners - 53257 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco FA/FB - Santa Fe Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr (Front coupler not original)


N Scale - Grani&Partners - 53257 - Locomotive, Diesel, Alco FA/FB - Santa Fe Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


Brand Grani&Partners
Stock Number 53257
Secondary Stock Number Mehano T511
Manufacturer Mehano
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Mehano Diesel Engine FA1/FA2
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, Alco FA/FB (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Paint Color(s) Red, Silver, Yellow, Black
Print Color(s) Black
Paint Scheme Warbonnet
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness No
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Alco
Model Variety FA-2
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Labeled at the bottom "T511 Mehano for Grani&Partners" and "Made in Slovenia". Packaging labelled in Italian and French and with the inscription DeAGOSTINI TN020. Based on the latest Mehano FA-1/FA-2.

Model Information: This model was introduced in 1969 originally for MRC that dropped it a few years later. AHM and Life-Like imported these briefly in the 1970s. It was then picked up by Model Power in the late 1970s until the 1990s. All these models are marked underneath the fuel tank as 'Made in Yugoslavia'.
It was then re-introduced in 2007 by IHC, though with some modifications. The model is marked Mehano 'Made in Slovenia' (former Yugoslavia). It appears well made but with no DCC capability.

DCC Information: The Mehano versions do not support DCC at all.

Prototype History:
The ALCO FA was a family of B-B diesel locomotives designed to haul freight trains. The locomotives were built by a partnership of ALCO and General Electric in Schenectady, New York, between January 1946 and May 1959. They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead (A unit) FA and cabless booster (B unit) FB models were built. A dual passenger-freight version, the FPA/FPB, was also offered. It was equipped with a steam generator for heating passenger cars.

Externally, the FA and FB models looked very similar to the ALCO PA models produced in the same period. Both the FA and PA models were styled by General Electric's Ray Patten. They shared many of the same characteristics both aesthetically and mechanically. It was the locomotive's mechanical qualities (the ALCO 244 V-12 prime mover) and newer locomotive models from both General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD) and General Electric (the partnership with ALCO was dissolved in 1953) that ultimately led to the retirement of the FA/FB locomotive model from revenue service. Several examples of FAs and FBs have been preserved in railroad museums, a few of them in operational status on such lines as the Grand Canyon Railway and the Napa Valley Wine Train. ALCO's designation of F marks these locomotives as being geared primarily for freight use, whereas the P designation of the PA sets indicates that they were geared for higher speeds and passenger use. However, beyond this their design was largely similar, and many railroads used FA and PA locomotives for both freight and passenger.

Externally, the FA-1/FB-1 could be distinguished from the FA-2/FB-2 (FPA-2/FPB-2) by the position of the radiator shutters – the FA-1/FB-1's shutters were at the far end of the carbody, whereas on the FA-2/FB-2 they were further forward, the design having been modified to allow the installation of a steam generator behind the radiator.
The FPA-4/FPB-4 were visually different due to the additional radiator space that was positioned below the shutters.

From Wikipedia
Read more on American-Rails.com.

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:
Grani&Partners is a marketing and licencing company based in Bastiglia (Italy) with offices in Hong Kong and China. The company's line of business includes the wholesale distribution of games, toys, hobby goods, collectible items and supplies.
They claim to be a major actor in the following industries:
Loyalty & Fidelity, Promotional products, Products distributed through newsagents, Partwork products, Promotional products within the food industry.

Manufacturer Information:
Mehano is a Slovenian toy manufacturer located in Izola, Slovenija. The company was founded as Mehanotehnika and was producing toys starting in June 1953. They first exhibited at the Nuerenberg Toy Fair in 1959. Mehano produced a number of different locomotives and rolling stock models for the North American market in the 1960s and 1970s. Companies such as Atlas and Life-Like imported a huge variety of their products. Generally they can easily be recognized as they are stamped "Yugosolavia" on the underframe. The company was formally renamed "Mehano" in 1990. Izola today is part of the country of Slovenia since the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Mehano filed for bankruptcy in 2008, but still continued to exist and operate. Since 2012, Mehano products are distributed by Lemke.

Item created by: klausnahr on 2020-08-03 14:46:21. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-08-04 03:52:16

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