The Bachmann O Scale EMD F7 Diesel AA Set Baltimore & Ohio models the famous ElectroMotive Division of General Motor's F7 cab type diesel locomotive. The F7 was the fourth model in the EMD " F Series" of diesel locomotives designed for freight service. Between 1949 and 1953 EMD built 2,366 "A" Units and 1,483 "B" Units- a very popular locomotive. The F7 was the perfect replacement for the many steam locomotives railroads were retiring after World War II manufacturing restrictions were lifted. These locomotives served North American railroads for decades as they were reliable and easy to maintain. However, issues in boarding and lack of visibility in reverse operation eventually caused the cab units to be replaced by the more versatile Road Switcher models. ElectroMotive was the only major diesel locomotive manufacturer with no history of building steam, making their plants the most efficeient. Prewar launching of a successful diesel locomotive and wartime restrictions on building diesel locomotives gave EMD a huge head start and as a result EMD dominated diesel locomotive production for many years.
Historical Trivia: ElectroMotive Division built more F7 locomotives than all the other "F" models combined.
Road Name and History:
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad: The City of Baltimore recognized by the 1820s without a canal to the West it was trailing other seaport cities. In 1828 ground was broken on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, America's first common carrier railroad. Reaching the goal of the Ohio River at Wheeling, VA, in 1853, under the leadership of John Garrett in the latter part of the 19th Century the B& O expanded to have lines covering much of the Midwest. An also-ran as an Eastern Trunk Line to the Pennsylvania and New York Central, the B&O entered receivership in 1896, emerging from bankruptcy in 1899. A steady, conservative, well respected railroad, in 1964 Chesapeake & Ohio bought 90% of B&O's stock, combining the railroads as Chessie System in 1973. Most of B&O's major routes are still busy traffic arteries under CSX to this day.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 4"