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Uncataloged O Gauge Rail King Erie Lackawanna AS-616 Diesel Locomotive Announced

September 9, 2021 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has an announced an exclusive and uncataloged RailKing O Gauge AS-616 Diesel Locomotive in Erie Lackawanna livery available from the Metropolitan Division of the TCA.

Each locomotive is limited in production and available in two cab numbers. All are only available directly from The METCA Store for just $379.99 (Includes Freight!!). The anticipated delivery is December 2021.

Item No. 30-20926-1 Erie Lackawanna AS-616 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 1150
Order Price: $379.99
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Item No. 30-20927-1 Erie Lackawanna AS-616 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 1159
Order Price: $379.99
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Built from 1950-1954, the AS-616 was Baldwin's best-selling and final stab at the burgeoning road switcher market, which had been pioneered by Alco's RS-1 and came to be dominated by EMD's GP7 and GP9. In theory - and in practice with EMD Geeps - a road switcher was the perfect all-around diesel, equally adept at low-speed yard work or hustling mainline freight. And indeed, AS-616 stood for "All-Service, 6 axle, 1600 horsepower" But the AS-616, like all Baldwin diesels, became typecast by its owners in one particular role: low-speed lugging of heavy loads, both in the yard and in mainline drag freight service.

This role stemmed from the De La Vergne diesel motors that powered all Baldwin units. Acquired by Baldwin in 1931, the De La Vergne Engine Company had started life in 1880 making mechanical refrigeration machines for breweries. Its power plant for Baldwin's locomotives was unique among diesels of its time. In order to make the fuel burn slower and give their 4-cycle engine a longer power stroke, De La Vergne's designers used massive cylinders more than a foot in diameter and added a separate combustion chamber above each cylinder. To allow the fuel more time to burn, they ran the engine at a maximum speed of 625 rpm - just over half the speed of most competitive diesels. In the October 1936 issue of Baldwin Locomotives Magazine, the company claimed that "slow combustion gives low fuel consumption, absence of smoke, quick pick-up, and smooth idling."

Ultimately the massive De La Vergne motor proved to be both a blessing and a curse. Teamed up with equally heavy-duty traction motors supplied by Westinghouse, Baldwin's prime mover found its niche in low-speed, heavy tonnage lugging assignments, where engine crews admired Baldwin diesels because they just wouldn't quit. But those were just the types of assignments in which crews tended to abuse equipment and push an engine to its limits. As a result, Baldwin engines eventually developed a reputation for high maintenance costs. The early VO-1000 switcher, with its normally aspirated 8-cylinder engine, was one of Baldwin's most dependable locomotives; but the turbocharged models that succeeded it, including the AS-616, were plagued by problems that included excessive piston wear and chronic oil leaks. In the early 1950s, when diesel power was new and railroads were trying engines from all manufacturers, 19 U.S. and Latin American railroads purchased 221 AS-616s (including 7 cabless B-units). But by the middle of the decade, it was clear that Baldwin was no longer a contender in the diesel business, and in 1956 the nation's oldest locomotive builder threw in the towel.


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M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing several additional limited-edition releases of the RailKing SD70ACe Diesel/Caboose Sets in five different liveries beginning this December. Each of the releases represent some of the most popular real-life liveries in the Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific Heritage paint schemes. Each locomotive comes paired with a matching Bay Window Caboose.

Check out each of these offerings HERE.

These items are available to order from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing several limited-edition releases of the RailKing Modern Reefer Car in a total of four different liveries later this Fall. These unique releases are expected to arrive in December 2021.

Check out each of these offerings HERE.

These items are available to order from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

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Thanks Stu for the info. I have been reluctant to pre-order items lately because its been taking 2 years to get the stuff. Still waiting on V2 item NY DOCK RAILWAY 44 TONNER. Delay after delay, not acceptable I.M.O. Retiring soon, cant extend ordering expensive trains years down the road.

Since newly announced items are already in production, that's a game changer!

Hopefully my EL RS-3 will be out much sooner than expected. It would be nice to offer the EL FM which was cancelled & S2 in that scheme as requested in the past.



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