New Road Numbers & Paint Schemes!


In the late 1940s, the design team at Fairbanks-Morse (FM) set out to develop an 8-cylinder 1,500-horsepower all-purpose road switcher using their opposed-piston diesel engine design. By September 1947 FM had produced the first H15-44 locomotive in the form of Demonstrator “FM 1500”. The hood-unit style body included distinctive features such as slightly sloped ends, rounded corners, oval cab-side windows and a raised, rounded headlight base on each end.

The first purchaser of the H15-44 was Monon, who quickly bought both the demonstrator and the second unit built in December 1947. Three units were then built for Rio Grande before additional demonstrators were produced later in 1948. Before production ended in mid-1949, a total of 35 units had been built, with Jersey Central owning the most units (14 total).

By 1950 other builders had increased the horsepower of their competing road switchers, and FM responded with the 8-cylinder 1,600-horsepower H16-44 model. The earliest units were externally very similar to the previous H15-44. MKT 1591 was initially ordered as an H15-44, but was upgraded to 1,600hp during production.

The first true production H16-44s were ordered by Jersey Central. Several large railroads purchased this model, including Santa Fe, New York Central, Southern and Pennsylvania. A total of 99 units would be produced before production of the “phase I” version ended in December 1952. FM continued to produce H16-44s with phase II and III body styles through 1963.

Our model represents the “phase I” body style of both the H15-44 and H16-44 that was produced between 1947 and 1952. Options include FM or AAR truck side frames, high or low-mounted headlights, early or late-production phase 1 hoods and a removable fuel tank skirt.

Estimated Delivery:
April 2009


  • Bi-directional red and green LED marker lamps that work in DCC and analog mode
  • Realistic die-cast underframe
  • Five-pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
  • Directional lighting
  • Factory-equipped with AccuMate® knuckle couplers
  • Painted crew figures
  • Separately-installed scale windshield wipers and fine scale handrails
  • Separately-applied coupler cut levers and trainline hoses
  • Separately-applied fuel tank skirt as appropriate by railroad
  • Etched metal radiator grilles
  • AAR-B or FM-style truck sideframes as appropriate by railroad
  • 4-Function HO Dual-Mode® Decoder
AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.
Item# Road Name Road Number
HO H16-44 Locomotive - New Road Numbers!
(Early Body & Cab, w/Body Mounted Handrails)
9500 Undecorated H15/16-44 -
9592 Akron Canton & Youngstown (Yellow/Black/Silver) 201
9593 Akron Canton & Youngstown (Yellow/Black/Silver) 202
HO H15-44 Locomotive - New Paint Schemes!
(Early Body & Cab, w/Body Mounted Handrails)
9594   Kansas City Southern (Black/White) 40
9595   Kansas City Southern (Black/White) 41
9596 Jersey Central (Green/Yellow) (CRR Co. Herald) 1501
9597 Jersey Central (Green/Yellow) (CRR Co. Herald) 1503
HO H16-44 Locomotive - New Paint Schemes!
(Undecorated - Early Body & Cab, w/Sill Mounted Handrails)
9518 Undecorated H15/16-44 -
9598 New Haven (Green/Orange "Full Balloon") 597
9599 New Haven (Green/Orange "Full Balloon") 598
HO H16-44 Locomotive - New Paint Schemes!
(Early Body/Square Window Cab, w/Body Mounted Handrails)
9519 Undecorated H15/16-44 -
9686 Baltimore & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow) 6700
9687 Baltimore & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow) 6701
HO H16-44 Locomotive - New Paint Schemes!
(Late Body/Square Window Cab, w/Body Mounted Handrails)
9521 Undecorated H15/16-44 -
9688 Erie Lackawanna€ (Black/Yellow "Lackawanna") 1930
9689 Erie Lackawanna€ (Black/Yellow "Lackawanna") 1932
9690 Erie Lackawanna€ (Black/Yellow "Lackawanna") 1935
9691 Milwaukee Road¥ (Black/Orange) 402
9692 Milwaukee Road¥ (Black/Orange) 404
9693 Milwaukee Road¥ (Black/Orange) 406
*CSX Licensed Product
€ Lackawanna units will also incluide sill-mounted handrails.
¥ Paint scheme accurate for MILW "phase 1a" H16-44s which included different features than our "phase 1" model.

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