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A modeler’s guide to USRA locomotives

By | November 22, 2010

See listings of United States Railway Administration locomotives by type and railroad, and of mass-produced USRA locomotive models from N to G scales

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The United States Railroad Administration ordered the construction of 675 light Mikados, more than any other USRA type. This Trix HO scale New York Central version is very close to the original design. Its main differences are the front and rear footboards and the extended coal bunker.
Click on the links to download the prototype locomotive allocations and the listing of United States Railway Administration (USRA) locomotive models that have been produced.

25 thoughts on “A modeler’s guide to USRA locomotives

  1. The model chart was a good introduction. Depending on how you define mass-produced, I have some additions for the list. In S Scale, American Flyer (Lionel) produces a USRA 2-8-2A (Light Mikado). In N Scale, Bachmann produces a USRA 0-6-0.

  2. It would be interesting to do an expansion of this article to document the copies or near copies of these designs. there are many locomotives that owed a good deal of their design to the USRA engines

  3. GREAT Article……I have been wondering what critera was used by the railroads in purchasing steam engines. Please provide more info like this. Thank You

  4. Great article to have for reference!
    I might suggest that larger forms such as the USRA models available be put in the format of a simple spreadsheet so it can be opened by any spreadsheet program such as those available to anyone to download and use. Open Office is one of the best and is easily found for free download. This would make updates, changes and filtering much nicer as well as allow for far better printout schemes. The 'pdf' you made is unwieldy and hard to read as well as wasting a lot of paper on printout.
    Thanks again, it was a well received bit of information!

  5. Hmmm, considering all the comments and suggestions here-in, are there plans to follow-up with them in future articles?
    I for one could use all the info available on USRA engines and post USRA copies as I model the steam era up to and including 1923.

  6. As an after thought to my previous comment, I remember seeing on a web site recently, the address of which I cannot remember, a reference to a list of HO scale steam locomotives manufactured by many many companies, going back to Mantua and Varney's early days of scale models.
    Maybe another commenter can remember seeing and cite the web site address to this valuable modelers info.

  7. Good article Andy. You forgot some very good USRA models though. Oriental Limited produced a line of economy brass models about 20 years ago called the Powerhouse series. You can still find them on eBay. I have a couple of their 2-8-8-2's and they can pull a ton, without the use of traction tires.

  8. IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE USRA LIGHT MIKADO THIS LOCO WAS SO SUCESSFUL THAT ALMOST EVERY RAILROAD BOUGHT THEM THEY ARE LIKE TO WHAT HAPPEN IN THE LATE 1940S WITH THE GENERAL MOTORS GP 7 DIESEL WHICH TOOK ITS PLACE AND ACCOMPLISH THE SAME TYPE OF WORK FOR THE railroads… Good job on that article keep it comming.

  9. You missed the 16 0-8-0s and 15 2-8-0s (heavy) bought by the Erie. And I agree with those unhappy with the format of the "USRA locomotive allocations." But the article is fine and very useful.

  10. Andy
    This is a very meaning compilation for serious modelers…
    Where are the units for the Delaware & Hudson system ?
    I hope you are going to expand this list in the future……

  11. A useful article printed in the magazine, however, the presentation and layout of the PDF file on the website could be much improved.

  12. The article is great. I would recommend also the Trains article on Uncle Sam's locomotives. I also would like to know more about the later built copies, like N&W Y3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as S/S1.

  13. Like another poster said easier to read in the mag, but still helpful none the less. Was there any reason that some railroads got engines and not others? Thinking SOO or GBW etc.

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