1:160 scale General Electric E44 - locos 4400-4405 as built
First delivered to the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1960, the E44 heavy freight locomotives were a
development of the earlier E33 design then running on the neighbouring New Haven railroad. Their
class designation denoted the 4400 horsepower available to first sixty locos delivered.
Locomotives 4460-4465 were to an upgraded design capable of 5000 horsepower, using silicon diode
rectifiers in place of the ignitron type in earlier batches. The Pennsylvania Railroad, and its
successors Penn Central and Conrail, gradually upgraded the original locomotives to the higher
When Conrail abandoned electric operation in 1981 all E44s were withdrawn. Some were sold to
Amtrak and New Jersey Transit for passenger working and switching, but saw little use and all were
scrapped by the early 1990s with the exception of 4465, preserved at the Railroad Museum of
There were many detail variations within the E44s between different batches and as they were
upgraded to silicon diode rectifiers. This model has the correct details for locos 4400-4405 in
the condition in which they were originally delivered to the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Exploded View - front and left
Exploded View - rear and right
Sprue of separate parts
Included in the model are the main body and a sprue with all the handrails and other parts which
need to be added separately, as illustrated in the diagrams above.
The model is designed to fit over an Atlas Alco C628 chassis. Some metal will need to be removed
from the chassis block for it to sit inside the body, and a small amount of plastic needs to be
trimmed from the outer corners of the truck frames to allow them to rotate freely.
The part-relief underframe equipment detail should be attached to the side of the chassis block.
I recommend using acrylic paints for this model as they work well on the Frosted Ultra Detail
plastic. Enamel paints have been reported to take an excessive amount of time to dry on Frosted
Ultra Detail so should not be used.