Santa Fe LEGACY 2-10-10-2 Steam Locomotive #3000
The Santa Fe 2-10-10-2 was born out of the spirit of innovation. It was a daring attempt by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to improve upon its early successes with mallet-type locomotives and to push this concept to the limit. Their theory was simple – combine two articulated engines under a single boiler with the aim of doubling the power of a single locomotive. By doing so, railroad companies expected to save big money on maintenance, fuel, and crew costs without compromising raw motive power. Santa Fe’s most successful early effort with mallets was the conversion of 2-6-2 locos into 2-6-6-2 “Prairie Mallets”. In 1911, they pushed the idea to the limit by doubling up existing Santa Fe 2-10-2 engines to create the ultimate 2-10-10-2 mallet. Imagine the power of such a massive locomotive!
Besides its enormous size, one of the most arresting features of the 2-10-10-2 was the sleek “turtleback” tender that serviced the loco. With rounded sides and rear, and an overall modern appearance, turtleback tenders had a clean, streamlined look that was years ahead of its time. Most eye-catching was the distinctive cow-catcher fitted on the rear of the tender.With this locomotive, Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway discovered the limits of the compound mallet locomotive experiment. While their tractive effort was phenomenal, the engines suffered in overall speed. Simply put, the under-designed boiler and firebox could not make steam fast enough to power the massive cylinders at higher speeds. Ultimately, 3000-class mallets were relegated mainly to helper service in California on the Cajon Pass and on the Tehachapi Loop. By 1918, all ten “magnificent failures” were converted back to 2-10-2 locomotives. The unique turtleback tenders, however, lived on throughout the steam era to service a large assortment of Santa Fe engines.
- LEGACY Control System
- Smoke Unit
- Wireless Tether
- Odyssey System II
- LEGACY RailSounds
VISION LINE ATSF 2-10-10-2 MANUAL
- SKU: 6-11155
- Dimensions: Length: Approx 31"
- Gauge: Standard O Scale
- price: 2249.99
- year: 2010
- rail line: Santa Fe
- Minimum Radius: O-72
- Catalog Year: 2010
- Catalog Title: Lionel Signature Edition Volume One 2010
- Road Number: #3000
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