The Bachmann O Scale EMD BL2 Diesel Locomotive Missouri Pacific 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:
Missouri Pacific Railroad: The original predecessor of the Missouri Pacific was the Pacific Railroad, which was chartered in 1851. Under the name Missouri Pacific Railway the company reached Kansas City in 1865. In 1879 Jay Gould, the successful but controversial railroad tycoon, bought the Missouri Pacific. Under his leadership the MoPac expanded into Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. After Gould's death his son George did not have his Dad's magic touch, and the MP declared bankruptcy in 1915. In 1917 it emerged from bankruptcy and was merged with the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern which expanded MP's presence in the Southwest. The Texas & Pacific Railway was a MoPac partner from 1881, with majority stock ownership achieved in 1928. Again bankrupt in 1933 during the Great Depression, the growth of the region the railroad serves and good management enabled the railroad to become a very important Class I railroad. The very successful Missouri Pacific merged with the Union Pacific in 1982.
Historical Fact: Known as the worst of the "Robber Barons" and one of the most detested businessmen of the Gilded Age, Jay Gould was actually the driving force behind building much of the rail network in the Southwestern United States. For example, he lead the stalled Texas & Pacific Railway (later a subsidiary of MoPac) to complete their line from Fort Worth to Sierra Blanca, TX- the second US Transcontinental route (1881).
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 15" Height: 4"
Navigates 0-27 curves.