The Bachmann O Scale EMD BL2 Diesel Locomotive General Motors Demonstrator 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 567Bprime 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:
General Motors Demonstrator: General Motors purchased the Electro-Motive Engineering Corporation in 1922 and the Winton Engine Company in 1930. The two companies were merged by GM in 1941 to form the ElectroMotive Division. The predecessor companies had developed dieselelectric locomotive technology since the 1920s, and EMD upon its formation became the leading diesel locomotive manufacturer. EMD introduced the FT Model before World War II that convinced railroads diesel locomotives could power freight trains. World War II interrupted the transition to diesel power. With wartime manufacturing restrictions lifted EMD along with the former steam locomotive manufacturers launched new products to capture this burgeoning market. A Demonstrator such as this model would tour the country for railroads to evaluate the locomotive in actual operation.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 15" Height: 4"
Navigates 0-27 curves.