MRRHQ Custom NYC PACEMAKER Mid-Century Fast Freight Set w/Legendary K11e 4-6-2 Heavy Pacific Locomotive #3140 HO Scale
MRRHQ Custom NYC PACEMAKER Mid-Century Fast Freight Set w/Legendary K11e 4-6-2 Heavy Pacific Locomotive #3140
By 1910 the Hudson Division of the NYC was becoming a "bottle-neck" of major proportions. The time card was choked with passenger schedules that compounded the problem of moving freight trains over this vital piece of railroad. Freight tonnage crawled along behind 2-8-0's between Albany and 72nd Street New York City, getting in the way of passenger expresses and causing delays. It may well have been that the Operating Department made a request of the Motive Power people for an engine that could roll the tonnage, especially one that could expedite the perishable traffic of fresh meats, vegetables, fruit and milk into the New York City market.
In the first decade of the 19th century almost every major railroad in the United States was in the process of ordering engines for a specific service over assigned divisions. Naturally, the New York Central was no exception. Their response to the need for a versatile, powerful fast freight locomotive was the development and eventual production of 200 remarkable “K-11” Class Pacifics.
The first 25 K-11’s with 24x26 cylinders, road numbers 3000-3025, were ordered from Brooks in the fall of 1910 with a further 25, road numbers 3026-3049, ordered two months later. As they arrived from the builder, they were assigned to handle freight tonnage on the Hudson Division. Their satisfactory performance made the Motive Power people realize they had designed a very remarkable locomotive.
Nothing breeds success like success. Thus, in 1911 Brooks got an order for ten engines to be numbered 3090-3099 but to be classed as K11a. This was due to the fact the cylinders were increased to 26x26. This new configuration outperformed previous models and, along with other minor mods, defined the final K11’s. Classes K11b-K11f, road numbers 3100-3199, were produced in 1912-13 by Brooks, Schenectady and Baldwin.
We lovingly renumbered our magnificent Mantua 370-022 4-6-2 to 3140 representing a K11e produced in 1912.
Mantua 379-022 NYC 4-6-2 Heavy Pacific w/Smoke
Stunning C-9 Mint Condition with Excellent Original Box