Athearn HO Scale Ready To Run SD40 Locomotive - Pacific Harbor Line #71
Fully assembled and ready to operate
Based on Rail Power tooling with many upgrades
Factory installed wire grab irons
Factory installed Celcon handrails
Detailed fuel tank with correct capacity
Features / / * Fully assembled and ready to operate / * Based on Rail Power tooling with many upgrades / * Factory installed wire grab irons / * Factory installed Celcon handrails / * Detailed fuel tank with correct capacity / * See-through fans / * Available with and without dynamic brakes as appropriate (undecorated model includes both) / * DCC ready wiring harness installed / * Directional headlights / * Machined RP25 profile metal wheels / * McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers installed / / Specifications / / DCC: Ready / SOUND: No / PROTOTYPE MANUFACTURER: Electro Motive Division / COUPLER STYLE: McHenry Scale Knuckle / ERA: 1966 - Present / Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years / Is Assembly Required: No
The Pacific Harbor Line (reporting mark PHL) was formed in 1998 to take over the Harbor Belt Line (HBL). In 1998, the Alameda Corridor was nearing completion, allowing a massive amount of railroad traffic from the largest harbors in the Western hemisphere: Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.
The railroad has 18 route miles with a web of 59 miles of track.
The PHL was formed to create a level playing field for shippers. Up to that time, the HBL was owned and operated by the major railroads in Los Angeles; the Southern Pacific, the Santa Fe Railway and the Union Pacific. The PHL, in contrast, is privately owned by the Anacostia & Pacific Company. It operates on tracks and facilities owned by the ports.
One of the problems with the HBL arrangement was that shipper could have problems getting their goods to or from the port depending on where an individual railroad's track ended.
The PHL hailed itself as a neutral switching railroad that could reliably serve shippers at this large port complex. PHL handles 40,000 carloads of freight a year excluding intermodal traffic.
PHL was the first railroad to have its locomotive fleet comprised of only Tier II and Tier III "clean diesel" locomotives.
Pacific Harbor Line was named the 2009 Shortline of the Year by Railway Age magazine.