The Bachmann O Scale EMD F3 Diesel Locomotive B Unit Southern 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", differedmultiunit lashups. 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 model is a cabless non-powered "B" Unit.
Road Name and History:
Southern Railway: Starting with the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road company in 1827, Southern Railway grew from the consolidation of over 150 railroad companies in the Southeastern US. The Richmond & Danville had expanded its operations in the South, but overexpansion lead to financial issues. J. P. Morgan reorganized the R & D into the Southern Railway System in 1893, which was expanded in 1894 with the addition of other key routes. The Southern was a very progressive railroad, and during the 20th Century it lead the rail industry in dieselization, use of computers, unit trains, the "Big John" hopper car, and many other ideas. In 1982 the very strong Southern Railway and the very strong Norfolk & Western Railway merged to form Norfolk Southern, which became one of the two dominant rail systems in the Eastern US.
Historical Fact: The huge Spencer Shops of the Southern Railway located in near Salisbury, NC, halfway between Washington and Atlanta on the Southern Railway Main Line, were built in 1896 under the leadership of Southern Railway's first President, Samuel Spencer.
Couplers are not remote controlled