Following stints with several prominent railroads and locomotive manufacturers, Matthias N. Forney went to work for the Illinois Central Railroad in 1861, where he designed and patented the first of the 'Forney' type locomotives. The Forney is easily recognized by its integration of locomotive and fuel bunker on one frame and its trailing truck positioned under the coal bunker/water tank. This design allowed for smooth operation in tight curves. Ideal for fast-paced railroad operation, Forneys were produced by many locomotive manufacturers to serve urban elevated railroads and narrow gauge short lines during the middle to late steam era.
- DCC-equipped for speed, direction and lighting
- Die-cast frame and boiler
- Vestibule cab with operating doors and interior detail
- Separately applied detail parts
- Body-Mounted E-Z Mate Mark II Couplers