The Pacific-type locomotive evolved as the need for power and speed increased. First, the four-wheel leading truck delivered stability at the faster speeds. Second, six tall drivers provided pulling power and speed. Last, a two-wheel trailing truck provided support for a larger firebox. The sum of this design was the 4-6-2 USRA Pacific.
The USRA designation for light and heavy locomotives was a function of the track's ability to withstand weight. Excessive axle weight could damage the rails, loosen fastenings, and also cause damage to the locomotive. The USRA deemed a maximum of 54,000 pounds per axle as a light locomotive. The USRA Light Pacific weighed in at 277,000 lbs, with a 73 inch driver diameter and a boiler pressure of 200 lb/in.
BLI's models follow the original designs closely. Railroad specific variations are not modeled on these locomotives. In most instances we offer two locomotive numbers for each railroad, and we are offering a painted model (black) with no lettering.
INDUSTRY LEADING FEATURERS:
All new Paragon2 sound and control system for DC & DCC
Integral DC/DCC dual mode decoder for ease of operation
Industry best slow-speed operation in DC and DCC
Prototypical light operation with headlight and cab light
Authentic USRA Pacific sounds! Controllable in DC and DCC.
All-wheel drive and all-wheel electrical pick-up (except front and trailing trucks)
Factory installed engineer and fireman figures
ABS plastic body with heavy die cast chassis for maximum tractive effort
5-pole can motor with skew wound armature
Locomotive Length (coupler to coupler): TBA
Locomotive Weight: TBA
Separately applied handrails, grab irons, ladders, whistle, and brass bell
Operating knuckle couplers
Operates on Code 70, 83, and 100 rail
Recommended Minimum Radius: 18 inches
Paragon2 Sound System Features:
Operates in DC & DCC (use DCMaster for DC Sound
Record & Play Operation - Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation
16-bit Sample Rate for exceptional high frequency sound clarity
Playback Whistle for multiple whistle lengths and patterns
Choice of 3 selectable Horns
Alternate Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam whistle - both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played
Adjustable bell ringing interval for faster or slower bell
Numerous user-mappable functions with available keys
Johnson Bar Sound at Direction Change
Passenger Station Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
Freight Yard Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
Lumber Yard Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
Farm Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
Crew Radio Communications - Controlled with Function Key
Maintenance Yard Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
Demo Mode for display and demonstrations
Grade Crossing Automatic Signal
Simple Programming with Integral DCC Decoder
Automatic Forward / Reverse Signal - When activated, stopping triggers and stop whistle toot. When moving forward from a stopped position, toots twice. When moving in reverse. toots three times.
Chuff sound intensity varies with load
Individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect
EZ Reset Button for quick return to factory default settings
**Specifications on this page subject to change.