As passenger trains became all steel and longer, the Grande’s 4-6-0s had to be double-headed and could not maintain schedules. This necessitated the purchase of faster, more powerful passenger locomotives for the “Atlantic Express” and the “Pacific Express”. The need was addressed by the purchase of six Baldwin 4-6-2s in 1914. Numbered 1001-1006 (later renumbered 800-805). The Class P-44 Pacifics came with 67-inch drivers and the same boiler as the K-59 2-8-2s! As mainline passenger power, they were replaced by larger 4-8-2s in 1922, and demoted to secondary mainline operation. All were scrapped in 1949-1953.
The Division Point and our premier steam builder Boo-Rim Precision will bring you these neglected “Pacifics” in “Scenic Route” and “Flying Grande” graphics. Call your dealer and get those reservations in!
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|Baldwin-built in 1914, Class P-44 4-6-2 “Pacific”; 67-inch drivers, Walschaert valve gear, spoked wheels, stokers added; 9,000-gal/130-ton 4-axle tender|
|DP-2465 Denver & Rio Grand Western #TBD, Class P-44 4-6-2 (Series 800-805), circa 1934-1940, “Scenic Route” graphics for passenger service, smoke deflector, black boiler|
|DP-2466 Denver & Rio Grand Western #TBD, Class P-44 4-6-2 (Series 800-805), circa 1934-1940, “Scenic Route” graphics for passenger service, smoke deflector, green boiler|
|DP-2467 Denver & Rio Grand Western #TBD, Class P-44 4-6-2 (Series 800-805), circa 1941-1956, “Flying Grande” graphics, for passenger, smoke deflector, black boiler|
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