The Bachmann O Scale EMD F3 Diesel AA Set Western Maryland Fireball models the ElectroMotive Division of General Motor's very successful F3 diesel locomotive. EMD took the lead in road locomotives after World War II with their "F Series" of freight diesel locomotives. The F3, the third locomotive in the "F Series", differed from the earlier F2 in that it had the new D12 Generator to create more power. The F3 was powered by the EMD 567B prime mover, whose 16 cylinders generated 1,500 hp. Manufactured at EMD's LaGrange, IL, plant from 1945-49, railroads anxious to replace their steam power purchased 1,111 cab units and 696 cabless "B" Units. This two locomotive set features a powered "A" Unit and a Dummy "A" Unit.
Road Name and History:
Western Maryland Railway: The Maryland General Assembly chartered the Western Maryland Railway's predecessor line in 1852. A small railroad whose growth was stopped by the Civil War, the WM expanded in western Maryland during the 1870s-1880s. The railroad's major shareholder was the City of Baltimore, which in 1902 sold the railroad to the Gould interests. While closely associated with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the Western Maryland remained independent but seeing all the consolidation in the railroad industry joined C&O/B&O in 1967. Western Maryland lost its identity and much of its route structure in 1973 when the small railroad was merged into Chessie System. This model includes two "A" locomotives- a powered unit and a dummy unit.
Historic Fact: To compete with the Eastern Trunk Lines, Western Maryland joined other small railroads(Jersey Central, Reading, Pittsburgh & West Virginia, Wheeling & Lake Erie and the Nickel Plate) to create the Alphabet Route- a through route from the East Coast to Chicago.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 3.875"