The Bachmann O Scale EMD E7 Diesel AA Set Baltimore & Ohio models the famous ElectroMotive Division of General Motor's E7 cab type diesel locomotive. The E7 was EMD's eighth model in the "E" Series of diesel locomotives designed for passenger train use (The "F" Series was designed for freight). The EMD 567A prime mover had 12 cylinders and generated 2,000 hp. The E7 and models that followed were different from earlier models in that they had a more slanted nose, that earned them the nickname "Bulldog Nosed". This very successful diesel locomotive was manufactured from 1945-1949 at the time railroads were quickly replacing their steam locomotives. EMD sold 428 E7As (cab units) and 82 E7Bs (cabless units) during that time period. General Motors merged a locomotive and engine division in 1941 to create the ElectroMotive Division. Prewar pioneering designs for diesel road power (EMD was not hampered by any previous steam products) and the US Government designating EMD the only builder of diesel road locomotives during World War II insured EMD's leadership in the postwar diesel locomotive market. Note: This set is a powered and a dummy locomotive. Both are "A" units.
Historical note: Of the over 500 E7s constructed only one survives. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has a unit on indoor static display at its museum in Strasburg, PA.
Road Name and History:
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad: The City of Baltimore recognized by the 1820s without a canal to the West it was trailing other seaport cities. In 1828 ground was broken on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, America's first common carrier railroad. Reaching the goal of the Ohio River at Wheeling, VA, in 1853, under the leadership of John Garrett in the latter part of the 19th Century the B& O expanded to have lines covering much of the Midwest. An also-ran as an Eastern Trunk Line to the Pennsylvania and New York Central, the B&O entered receivership in 1896, emerging from bankruptcy in 1899. A steady, conservative, well respected railroad, in 1964 Chesapeake & Ohio bought 90% of B&O's stock, combining the railroads as Chessie System in 1973. Most of B&O's major routes are still busy traffic arteries under CSX to this day.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-31 curves.
Length: 36" (Two locomotives)