Athearn #25546 N 4-6-6-4, D&RGW #3803 Challenger
Detailed Information Denver & Rio Grande Western During the World War II industrial production was overseen and regulated by the Federal War Production Board. When the UP placed their 2nd Challenger order with Alco in 1943 the WPB stepped in and had 5 of the locomotives built for the Denver & Rio Grande Western RR to help fulfill their need for additional motive power to haul wartime traffic. These 5 locomotives were built to UP's specifications. ROAD NUMBER SPECIFIC FEATURES: #3803 Coal burner Dual smoke stacks. Era: 1944-1946. STEAM LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES: DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes Full cab interior with boiler backhead with printed gauges Individually applied piping, valves, generators, etc. Operating eccentric cranks on both sides operating in correct direction Headlights and indicator number boxes (number boards) with directional light change Five pole, skewed armature motor with flywheel for smooth operation Pivoting front and rear engines for negotiating 11" radius curves See-through running boards See-through cab windows McHenry® scale knuckle couplers LED Lighting for realistic appearance Fully-assembled and ready-to-run Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage Minimum recommended radius: 15" SOUND EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE Tender-mounted DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound Sound, units operate in both DC and DCC Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode Engine, whistle, and bell sounds work in DC All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode Excellent Slow speed control Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes CV chart included in the box PROTOTYPE SPECIFIC INFORMATION The name "Challenger" was given to steam locomotives with a 4-6-6-4 wheel arrangement. This means that they have four wheels in the leading pilot truck, which helps guide the locomotive into curves, two sets of six driving wheels, and finally four trailing wheels, which support the rear of the engine and its massive firebox. Each set of six driving wheels is driven by two steam cylinders. In essence, the result is two engines under one boiler. The Union Pacific Railroad sponsored development of this type to meet the need for higher speeds in main-line service. Historically, articulated locomotives had been limited to slow speeds by factors inherent in their design. The technical breakthroughs achieved with the Big Boy enabled the carrier to develop a newer, improved Challenger that met their speed expectations. Though originally intended for freight service, many Challengers were used in passenger service.
|Roadnumber May Vary||No|
|Engine Style||4-6-6-4 - Challenger|
|Road Name||Rio Grande - Denver Rio Grande - DRGW|
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