The Bachmann O Scale EMD BL2 Diesel Locomotive Bangor & Aroostook models the ElectroMotive Division's of General Motors BL2 Road Switcher Locomotive. The BL2 was a B-B four axle Road Switcher which used the EMD 567B prime mover. The 567B was a 16 cylinder diesel engine that generated 1500 hp. EMD had launched the very successful F Series of diesel locomotives with the FT model, and in the Post World War II era EMD was to dominate road locomotive sales. However, the "F" Series locomotives lacked both rear visibility and did not have a place for crew members to stand outside on the locomotive. With other locomotive manufacturers such as Alco and their "RS" Series making inroads into EMD's market, a Road Switcher by EMD seemed only logical. In 1947 EMD developed the BL2 that addressed the visibility and an outside stand for crew members issues, but the attempt to make the locomotive as sleek as possible made the BL2 not the ideal Road Switcher. The limitations were evident with only 59 BL2s being built between 1947 and 1949. EMD would address these issues with the GP (General Purpose) line of Road Switchers introduced in 1953.
Road Name and History:
Bangor & Aroostook Railroad: In 1882 the Katahdin Iron Works opened the Bangor & Katahdin Iron Works Railway to connect to the Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad. In 1891 the two lines were combined into the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. With Bangor, ME, as the starting point, B&A reached Houlton in 1894, and Caribou in 1895. The line reached Van Buren, ME in 1899, with an internatonal bridge constructed at that point to connect with the Canadian rail system in 1915. Bangor & Aroostook's main traffic source was potatoes, supplemented by paper, pulpwood, and wood chip products. The transfer of potatoes to trucks and closing paper mills resulted in an ever reduced Bangor & Aroostook system, and after purchase by Iron Road Railways in 1995 the B&A went bankrupt in 2002. Purchased by Rail World in 2003, the B&A routes were split up among various carriers. The remaining routes are now operated by Central Maine & Quebec Railway.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 15" Height: 4"
Navigates 0-27 curves.