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An example of a New York Central's Hudson

The New York Central Hudsons were a series of 4-6-4 "Hudson" type steam locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company and the Lima Locomotive Works from 1927 to 1938 for the New York Central Railroad.

These engines are used for high-speed passenger train work, the Hudson locomotives were famously known for hauling the New York Central's crack passenger trains, such as the 20th Century Limited and the Empire State Express.

The streamlining was later replaced to match the last ten J-3a locomotives that had been built with streamlining designed by "Henry Dreyfuss".

The Hudson came into being because the existing 4-6-2 Pacific power was not able to keep up with the demands of longer, heavier trains and higher speeds.

In 1944, NYC received permission from the War Production Board to build a new, high-speed locomotive of the 4-8-4 type, combining all the advantages of the Hudson with those of the Mohawk.

All the hudsons were retired by the late 1950s and With the onset of diesel locomotives in the mid 20th Century.

There are no existing Hudsons today.

TriviaEdit

These engines are Named after a River that was 315-mile river that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York in the United States the "Hudson River."

There are 3 different Hudson class J-1, J-2 and J-3.

There are also 5 different types of the Class Models for the J-1 series There were J-1As, J-1Bs, J-1Cs, J-1Ds, And J-1Es.

The Dreyfuss Hudson were Hudsons that featured the nose of the smoke box that looked like a Rocketship with the Fin on it.

When the Hudsons operate for the Empire State Express they were painted black and silver and they looked like the Dreyfuss Hudson but without the fin.

There are some Dreyfuss Hudsons that can operate but without the fin.

Locomotive #5344 had streamlining applied and named "Commodore Vanderbilt".

The Commodore Vanderbilt are the first streamlined steamers to headed the New York Central.

A J-1d Hudson was once originally numbered 6615 and it was later renumbered 5390.

The Hudson came into being because the existing 4-6-2 Pacific power was not able to keep up with the demands of longer, heavier trains and higher speeds.

Locomotive No. 5200 is the Very first Hudson from the New York Central and it ruled the rails in 1927.

There are some Hudsons that can operate while wearing Smoke Deflectors

However, since the Peppercorn A1 60163 Tornado was completed in the UK in 2008, some volunteers known as The Hudson Steam Locomotive Revival Project (HPR) are seeking to build a fully operable replica of a New York Central J-3a Hudson to be numbered 5475 in Buffalo, New York.

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