HO - Steam Loco Kits
PRR E6 Atlantic
All loco kits, tender kits and superdetail kits are sold out and discontinued.
Most parts are available for repairing old locos.
4-4-2 Atlantics was the pace-setter for high-speed passenger service, which
resulted in competition for the development of the fastest train. The E6, or
"Hercules of Atlantics", second only to the K-4 in fame, was created
by Alfred W. Gibbs. No. 5075 (later renumbered 1067 in 1912) was first
developed in 1910 as an experimental model. Four years later, after intensive
testing, several changes in cylinder diameters, the installation of
superheaters, and the building of two other samples, eighty E6 locomotives
were built by Juniata in 1914. This locomotive was produced amidst the
development of the renown K4 and the Pacific locomotives. It turned out to be
a great investment into locomotive future; they led directly to other popular
engines on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and E6 Atlantics could pull trains that
would require six-drivered Pacifics.
An interesting feature of the E6
is that it contained a KW style trailing truck. The heavy frame of the KW
balanced the rear of the locomotive, and the underframe of the locomotive was
supported directly upon it. Steel castings were used on these locomotives;
this was used on all railroad-designed classes until 1930.
E6s engines quickly became prime
movers of main line limiteds. They worked closely with E3sd and K2 classes,
dealing with World War I traffic. One locomotive, number 13, ran for many
years on the Williamsport Division of Pennsylvania, and was considered good
luck by many of its engine crews. This locomotive held the division mileage
record for its time period, but was later to be replaced by K4s.
E6s worked their way down into
Baltimore and changed from steam power into oil-powered locomotives shortly
after World War II. In 1947 there were a total of 74 E6s engines. In contrast
to all other Atlantics, the E6s never had a stoker, a feedwater heater, or
power reverse. Their distinguishing characteristic was the two basic boilers
that gave the trains the ability to run fast, carrying a heavy load. The
locomotives also utilized a 26-inch cylinder stroke, 80-inch drivers, and 205
pounds of steam pressure.
23-1/2" x 26"
Firebox size 72"x 110-3/8"
Steam Pressure 205 lbs.
Weight of engine 243,600 lbs.
Weight of engine on pony truck 55,200 lbs.
Weight of engine on drivers 136,000 lbs.
Weight of tender, empty 76,450 lbs.
Weight of tender, loaded 167,650 lbs.
Tender capacity, water 7,150 gal.
Tender capacity, coal 31,600 lbs.
Overall length with tender 71' 11-1/4"
Overall height 15'
Weight of engine on trailing truck 52,400 lbs.
Starting tractive force 31,275 lbs.
Length with tender:
Weight: 1 lb. 13 oz.
Minimum radius: 18"
Power: Bowser DC-71 motor
Color: Brunswick Green
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