Struggling to compete with GM’s dominance, Alco introduced its first diesel locomotive, the FA-1, in 1945. Alco realized that there was a tremendous demand to satisfy from the railroads phasing out steam power. The unit was designed as a dual purpose locomotive suitable for freight and passenger service. Alco produced almost 700 units from 1945 - 1950 for railroads all over the country.
- 4 wheel power trucks with traction tires
- dual motors
- flywheel coasting action
- all metal gears
- electronic 6-amp reverse board with directional lock-out
- True Blast® Plus 16-bit polyphonic sound including prime mover, horn, and bell
- durable ABS plastic shell
- die-cast trucks, truck sides, and pilots
- 20 individually installed grabrails
- front headlights
- etched metal grilles covering side vents and roof fan
- die-cast operating front couplers
- upgraded window parts
- separately applied windshield wipers
Products bearing Union Pacific, Chicago & Northwestern, Denver & Rio Grande Western, Missouri Pacific, Pacific Fruit Express, Rio Grande, Southern Pacific, and Western Pacific marks are under trademark license from Union Pacific Railroad Company.