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The Erie-built, assisted by a re-engined C-Liner, couples back up to its train. year later NYC acquired its first two 2,000hp Erie-Built freight locomotives, numbered 5000 and 5001, for high-speed freight service on their hot-shot Pacemaker. NYC designated these units Class DFA-5A. These first two units rode on fabricated trucks but later received the Commonwealth cast-steel trucks common to later NYC Erie-Builts. Between December 1948 and February 1949 NYC acquired ten more A-units and two Bunits. These became NYC Class DFA-5B (cab units) and DFB-5A (boosters). These locomotives rode on Commonwealth caststeel trucks and were numbered 5002-5101. At the time these locomotives were manufactured the Fairbanks-Morse factory did not have the capacity to build a locomotive of this size so their construction was subcontracted to General Electric in Erie, PA, hence the name Erie-Built. In the late 1950s NYC began re-powering many of their Fairbanks-Morse locomotives with EMD prime movers. This was mainly due to the costly maintenance of FMs opposed-piston engine. In 1957 four of the Erie-Builts were re-engined with EMD 567C engines rated at 1,750 horsepower. While the balance of the Erie-Builts were retired in 1960, the re-powered units remained in service until April 1963.

The Model
I began with the Life-Like Proto 1000 model decorated for New York Central in the classic Lightning Stripe scheme. Since Life-Like does such a superb job of painting and lettering their models I felt it was pointless to decorate it myself. As the model comes from the factory, it best represents the Pennsylvania Railroads version of the Erie-Built. The horn and the recesses at the rear of the model are indicators of this, and I

The train departs on the main with 5003 on the point.

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