The Bachmann O Scale EMD F3 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Jersey Central 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:
Central Railroad of New Jersey: The Elizabethtown & Somerville Railroad was chartered in 1831 to build a railroad from New York Bay to the New Jersey interior. In 1847 the Somerville & Easton Railroad was chartered to continue building the route west. In 1849 the two companies were consolidated to form the Central Railroad of New Jersey (Jersey Central Lines). Finally in 1855 a bridge across the Delaware River enabled the Jersey Central to enter Easton, PA. The railroad grew in 1873 with the purchase of the New York & Long Branch to reach the Jersey Shore and in 1917 many small New Jersey railroads were merged in to the Jersey Central. In 1901 the Jersey Central came under the control of the Reading Railroad- it remained in the Reading Family until 1976 when, with both carriers being bankrupt, both were merged in to Conrail.
Historic Fact: To compete with the Eastern Trunk Lines, Jersey Central joined other small railroads( Reading, Western Maryland, 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"