The Bachmann O Scale EMD F3 Diesel Locomotive AA Set Wabash 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:
Wabash Railway: The earliest predecessor of the Wabash was the Northern Cross Railroad, chartered in 1837 to build a railroad line from Quincy, IL, to the Indiana State Line. The Northern Missouri Railroad began purchasing rail lines in the Midwest, growing a regional system. After that railroad ran into financial difficulty, in 1872 its operations were taken over by the St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Railroad. Jay Gould became involved with the Wabash in 1879, merging the SL, KC & N with the Wabash (a small carrier then) to create the Wabash, St. Louis, & Pacific. The company entered receivership in 1884 and emerged as the Wabash in 1889. With the growth of the automobile industry the Wabash, which had a route from Detroit to Kansas City and St. Louis (avoiding the Chicago Gateway), became a critical link in the US rail network. The successful Wabash merged with the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1964. The Detroit-Kansas City line remains a very important route, now for the Norfolk Southern.
Historical Note: The Wabash was unique in that its east-west main line from Detroit to Kansas City was not blocked either at the Chicago or St. Louis Gateway.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 3 7/8"