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The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad was established in 1901 by the merging of the Baltimore and Lehigh Railway with the York Southern. Originally a narrow gauge line, the railroad traced a picturesque seventy-seven mile route to connect Baltimore and York, two cities only forty-five highway miles apart. The mainline traveled northeast from Baltimore across the rolling Maryland hills through Towson and Bel Air. At Delta, Pa., the line turned sharply northwest, hugging the banks of Muddy Creek and passing through Felton, Red Lion, and Dallastown on its climb into York.
Although traffic was never very dense, the Maryland & Pennsylvania did serve as an indispensable link between rural communities and the outside world in the days before modern highways. It hauled furniture from Red Lion, slate from Delta, and milk from farms along the route, fostering the economic progress of the whole region. The railroad also carried countless residents from their rural homes to city jobs, shopping, and entertainment, despite the fact that its best passenger train took four hours to travel seventy-seven miles.
The loss of a U.S. Mail contract and the encroachment of the automobile doomed passenger service, which succumbed in 1953. The Maryland Division from Whiteford south was abandoned in 1958, but the Pennsylvania portion survived into the 80's.
The 4-6-0 Ten Wheeler was a standard addition to most early 20th century railroads. Much like the 2-8-0 Consolidation, the 4-6-0 was a go-anywhere, do-anything locomotive that carried freight and passenger cars, and was also used for industrial applications. This model replicates a “catalog standard” Baldwin locomotive built between 1905 and 1910, representing both 52-inch and 63-inch driver prototypes. The 4-6-0s were utilized throughout the steam era, with some locomotives seeing use in the American South as late as the 1950’s.
Features include:• DCC ready • 52-inch and 63-inch driver versions (per prototype) • tender style varies with driver diameter • all-metal Walschaerts valve gear • operating headlight • finescale metal detail parts including separately applied bell, whistle, domes, and piping • detailed backhead • RP25 metal wheels • E-Z Mate® Mark II couplers on front and rear.
Item Number: 82302; Internet Price: $126.00
Suggested Retail Price: $210.00 - You Save 40%
Silver Series® rolling stock features:• blackened metal wheels • body mounted couplers • non-magnetic axles
The Bobber Caboose compliments the Three-Truck Shay or Saddle Tank Switcher locomotive perfectly!
Roadname: Maryland & Pannsylvania
Item Number: 18439; Internet Price: 12.25
Suggested Retail Price: $17.50 - You Save 30%