New York Central Fairbanks-Morse H10-44 diesel switcher #9110 is an MTH Railking model (30-21010-1 with PS3) that I purchased from Forum sponsor JR Junction Train and Hobby of Syracuse, New York.
I inspected the model carefully and found absolutely no defects in packaging, design, assembly or its lightning-stripe paint scheme. In my opinion, the model is perfect, and this manufacturing quality is typical of MTH Railking diesels that I’ve bought recently.
Although other locomotive builders made high-hood diesels, the appearance of the Fairbanks-Morse version is distinctive.
New York Central #9110 was the last of five NYC Class DES-14c locomotives. It was built in 1950 and had a 6-cylinder opposed-piston engine that developed 1000 horsepower at 800 RPM with 2 pistons in each cylinder – a design that was used in US Navy submarines during World War 2. The engine had two crankshafts, was expensive to maintain, and very tall; hence the high-hood of the H10-44. Its starting tractive effort was 72,000 pounds and 34,000 pounds at 9 miles-per-hour. Maximum speed was 60 miles-per-hour and 195 units were built between 1944 and 1950. These locomotives are known to have been in use at NYC’s Collinwood Yard in Cleveland, Ohio.
The photos show the engine on my 12’-by-8’ layout and the videos show its first run through the truss bridge at 11.5 scale miles-per-hour in conventional operation.