New Product Spotlight – Baldwin Sharks

4 06 2012

There is just no mistaking the profile of Baldwin’s sharknosed diesels. Raymond Loewy designed these locomotives, based on his earlier concepts for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s T1 which he had streamlined in 1942. Baldwin built both four and six-axle locomotives with this styling. The latter were delivered only to the Pennsylvania Railroad and used on passenger trains. Their four-axle freight versions saw service on several railroads, all east of the Mississippi.

SP Shark

The SP’s Daylight scheme looks like it could have been designed for the sharknose – even though they never owned any.

The first “sharknoses” debuted in 1948. Baldwin wanted a design that clearly stood out from its EMD and ALCo counterparts – and it got one. The Pennsylvania was the first and by far the largest owner of both the early passenger and freight designs, designated as DR 6-4-2000 and DR 4-4-1500 by Baldwin (BP-20 and BF-15 on the Pennsy.) Both units were available with both A (cab-equipped) and B (cabless) units. Although quite different visually, internally identical DF 4-4-15s were built for the New York Central. Shrouded in the earlier “Baby Face” design, the locomotives generated little interest and the Central had theirs rebuilt by EMD.

PRR

The Pennsy had the largest fleet of Sharks by far. Lionel’s A units include the distinctive Trainphone antennae.

In addition to its first order for the PRR in 1948, Baldwin completed an A-B set of demonstrators. These locomotives helped generate some additional interest and were later sold to the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern and subsequently to the Baltimore and Ohio. The Pennsylvania purchased 32 A-B sets.

B&O

In addition to an order of RF16s, the B&O also owned the A-B set of original demonstrators.

In 1951, Baldwin (actually Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton at the time) built additional units, classed RF-16. These found purchasers on several railroads, including of course again the Pennsylvania and the Baltimore and Ohio. The New York Central also purchased several (18A, 8B). Nine eventually ended up on the Monongahela via trade-ins through GE (three of these were for parts only.) Two units were sold yet again to the Delaware and Hudson whose Santa-Fe inspired blue and silver “warbonnet” scheme would be the last and most colorful to grace the sides of the sharks.

Lionel Sharks

Lionel has modeled the RF-16 version of the sharknose diesels. This latest release comes equipped with all the latest LEGACY features.

A-A Sets feature on powered and one non-powered locomotive. A-A sets will operate on O-36 curves and retail for $729.99. Powered units are equipped with:

  • LEGACY control – capable of running on TMCC and conventional as well
  • Odyssey II Speed Control

    NYC

    The New York Central’s sharks eventually swam over to the Monongahela and even the D&H.

  • LEGACY Railsounds including
    • Crewtalk and TowerCom communications
    • Six official railroad speeds
    • Eight diesel RPM levels
    • Quilling Horn along with appropriate warning sounds
    • Bell with single hit or continuous sounds
    • Sequence Control to narrate an entire trip
    • Fuel and speed announcements and refueling sounds
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Lighting Effects including
    • Directional LED headlight and back-up light
    • Marker lights front and rear
    • Number boards
    • Cab interior
  • Traction tires
  • Die cast metal pilot, trucks and fuel tank
  • Detailed cab interior with window glass and engineer and fireman figures
  • Opening doors
  • Many separately details
  • ElectroCouplers on front

Non-Powered Locomotives feature:

  • Die cast metal pilot, trucks and fuel tank

    D&H

    The last operational sharks were found on the D&H – purchased third hand in 1972!

  • Fan-driven smoke unit
  • Lighting Effects including
    • Directional LED headlight and back-up light
    • Marker lights front and rear
    • Number boards
    • Cab interior
  • Traction tires
  • Die cast metal pilot, trucks and fuel tank
  • Detailed cab interior
  • Opening doors

Additional Powered B Units are also available and feature:

B Unit

Powered B units have many of the same great features of the powered A units.

  • LEGACY control – capable of running on TMCC and conventional as well
  • ElectroCoupler on one end
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Directional backup light
  • Traction tires
  • Die cast metal frame, trucks and fuel tank
  • O-36 minimum curve
  • MSRP: 399.99

Non-Powered B units can complete an A-B-B-A set. These include:

  • Die Cast metal trucks, fuel tank and frame
  • Separately applied metal details
  • Minimum O-36 Curve
  • MSRP: $249.99

See the new sharks at your dealer – they’re swimming their way there right now!

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2 responses

4 06 2012
Frank Calabrese

I’ve been waitong for these D&H Sharks a long time.. Can’t wait to get them on the board.

15 06 2012
railway companies

The model of the shark is very cool….still i am waiting that when it run on the track than its quit beautiful.

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