The Bachmann O Scale EMD F3 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Milwaukee Road 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:
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad(The Milwaukee Road): The Milwaukee Road's original predecessor line was the Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad, that opened a line from Milwaukee to Wauwatosa, WI, in 1851. With the Panic of 1857 the railroad went bankrupt in 1859. In 1867 the Milwaukee & Prairie du Chien was merged into the Milwaukee & St. Paul. In 1871 the name of the company was changed to Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul. During the latter part of the 19th Century the CM&StP grew into a major regional carrier with routes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and the Upper Peninsula on Michigan. In the Midwest which was seriously overbuilt with railroads, the Milwaukee Road was considered a stand-out. Between 1906-1909 the Milwaukee Road built its Pacific Coast Extension to the Puget Sound, and between 1914 and 1917 electrified their lines through the Rockies and Cascades. With the Great Depression the road again went bankrupt in 1935. After World War II the fact the Midwest was overbuilt with railroads took its toll, and the Milwaukee Road sought but never was able to find a merger partner. The creation of Burlington Northern in 1970 opened new Gateways for the road, which helped the Pacific Extension. The routes in the Midwest were faltering, and the situation was not getting better. Milwaukee Road ended electrification in 1973, went bankrupt again in 1977, and in 1980 closed the Pacific Extension. Still faced with red ink, in 1986 Soo Line merged the Milwaukee Road into the Soo. Canadian Pacific Railway still operates many Milwaukee Road routes- it is the former Milwaukee CP uses as its Chicago-St. Paul line.
Travel Tip: While the Milwaukee Road Pacific Coast Extension has ceased operations as of 1980, the Harlowton Milwaukee Depot Museum in Harlowton, MT, is a great place to learn about the Milwaukee's role in developing this isolated section of rural Montana.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 3 7/8"