The Bachmann O Scale EMD F3 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Rio Grande 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:
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad: The Denver & Rio Grande Railway was chartered in 1870 with plans to build a railroad to El Paso, TX. By 1880 Rio Grande had built lines to Pueblo and Leadville, CO, to reach vital mining areas. Due to the mountanous terrain the railroad was built with narrow gauge (3') track. While retaining a narrow gauge network, by 1890 the Denver & Rio Grande had a route open between Denver and Ogden, UT, via Tennessee Pass in Standard Gauge. In 1921 the company took the name Denver & Rio Grande Western, reflecting it would not be building a line to El Paso but was looking to the West instead. A competing railroad, the Denver & Salt Lake, built the Moffat Tunnel which opened in 1934, which saved 175 miles compared to the Tennessee Pass route. Denver & Rio Grande Western gained trackage rights over that route, and in 1947 merged the D & SL into the Rio Grande. This scrappy "Main Line Through The Rockies" survived to actually purchase the much larger but cast off Southern Pacific in 1988. However, in 1996 the Southern Pacific (The name taken by the Rio Grande) was merged in to Union Pacific Railroad. While through traffic was mostly routed to the Union Pacific line across Wyoming, coal traffic, BNSF trackage rights, and the Amtrak California Zephyr keep Rio Grande's former main lines quite busy.
Travel Tip: Rio Grande's former main line over Soldier Summit in Utah is a great place to watch action on what is now the Union Pacific Railroad. US Highway 6 near Price, UT, closely follows this rail line. Helper, UT, is an Amtrak stop for the "California Zephyr", a railroad town, and a great place to spend the night. (Note: Declines in coal traffic have impacted traffic on this route).
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 3 7/8"