The Bachmann O Scale EMD F3 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Penn 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:
Penn Central Transportation Company: The Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central Railroad had been the two dominant carriers in the Eastern United States. After World War II the competitive environment in the East was changing. Seeking to survive in an environment that included an overbuilt network in an area of the US with a declining industrial base, greater truck competition, and huge passenger train losses the two carriers explored a possible merger. After many years the two carriers finally merged in 1968 to create Penn Central. Merging the two huge rail systems would be very difficult, but was further hampered by two very different management styles of the predessesor railroads- the "Green Team" (NYC) feeling it was being taken over by the "Red Team" (PRR). In 1970 the Penn Central became the largest bankruptcy in US history to that point. Unable to reorganize conventionally, this sad tale has a happy ending as Penn Central and other bankrupt Northeastern railroads were merged into a new government entity, Conrail, in 1976. With a pruned network and without passenger trains Conrail turned out to be a very successful railroad.
Historic Fact: The Interstate Commerce Commission ordered the Penn Central to take over the ailing New Haven in 1969- another nail in the coffin.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 3.875"