The Fairbanks-Morse H10-44 was a yard switcher locomotive produced through 1944-1950 and was the first diesel electric switcher locomotive put into service line. The units featured a 1,000-horsepower (750 kW) six-cylinder 38D8 opposed piston (O.P.) engine prime mover, and were configured in a B-B wheel arrangement.
The H10-44 was originally meant to be used only in yard service. However, as is so often the case in the industry, railroads found that the model could be utilized in all types of work from yard service to branch line duty. A total of 195 units were built for many american railroads (Class 1 and smaller companies), for example Baltimore & Ohio, Chicago & North Western, Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific, New York Central, Atkinson Topeka & Santa Fe, Union Pacific.
Thereafter some new models were developed with more powerful engines (as the H12-44 engine with 1200 horsepower), maintaining the same external drawing carbody.
The Pennsylvania Railroad bought 55 units (primary user of this model), placed in service between June 1948 and November 1949. All units were used as yard switcher, until the end of sixty years.
Specifications / Technical data Builder: Fairbanks-Morse
Gauge: 4 ft 8,5 in
Loco weight: 240.000 lb (kg. 108.800)
Lenght: 48 ft 10 in (mt. 14,66)
Engine power: Diesel
Prime mover: FM 38-D6 two stroke
Horsepower: 1.000 HP
Speed: 60 mph (km/h 97)
Build date: 1944-1950
Units built: 195
PRR roster: 55
Fairbanks-Morse H10-44 Pennsylvania Railroad #5983 data
Road Number: 5983
Year on Roster: 1948
Assignment 1954: Buckeye Region
The original designed FM H10-44 diesel locomotive was a reliable switcher engine. Its carbody was designed by the famous Raymond Loewy, chief designer of Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Used by more than 20 American railway companies, has had a modest commercial success, serving up to 70 years.
Walthers has recently reintroduced in production (new run in 2014, December) of switcher diesel locomotives FM H10-44. New tooling, new road numbers and updated features. The model is equipped with a brand new sound decoder of Tsunami.