Alco Models HO Scale Brass Fairbanks-Morse (FM) H20-44 Diesel Switcher (D-158)

Alco Models HO Scale Brass Fairbanks-Morse (FM) H20-44 Diesel Switcher (D-158)

The prototype H20-44 was Fairbanks-Morse's entry into the heavy duty, high tractive effort diesel road switcher market in the late 1940's. Some 96 units were sold to five railroads. The Pennsylvania Railroad and the Pittsburgh & West Virginia were the largest purchasers with 38 and 22 units respectively.

The model H20-44 was made by Samhongsa, was imported by Alco Models in the early 1980's, and is offered for sale by the original owner. The model for sale represents a PRR version (a Union Pacific version was also imported).

The model is generally free of oxidation and the clear coat is in good condition except in two areas. There are two surface blemishes on the engineer's side of the hood. Please examine the attached photos closely.

The model has been stored for many years; hence, there has essentially been no wear on the wheels, chassis or body. The locomotive is a conventional DC unit with a Taneda can motor powering four axles through two gear towers; it is not DCC-ready. The model has no functional lights nor is it wired for lighting. The locomotive was recently disassembled and the drive mechanism checked. The motor runs, but it was noted that the plastic upper spur gear in one of the towers was cracked and would bind
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