Today's Blog title, FM, no static at all, is borrowed from the lyrics of the Steely Dan classic song FM. For our purposes the FM stands for Fairbanks Morse, a diesel locomotive builder from 1939 to 1963. The last US locomotive was sold in 1958. The company is still in business today and continues making diesel engines for ships among other things..
On the New York Central Train Layout passenger service was temporarily suspended due to snow and ice covering much of the country. Mail and Express trains were the first to roll on the layout powered by Fairbanks Morse (FM) H16-44s Four major railroads passed through Empire City Station.
The NYCTL fleet of H-16 44s are all from the Bachmann Spectrum line. The New York Central units were custom painted. The NH, PRR and B&O are factory painted. The units have proven themselves to be quite rugged with the NH, PRR and B&O units entering 20 years of faithful service. The NYC units have about 5 years of service.