The Bachmann O Scale EMD F7 Diesel AA Set Chesapeake & 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:
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway: The Louisa Railroad was chartered in 1836 to build a railroad into Louisa County, Virginia. By 1850 under the name Virginia Central the railroad reached Charlottesville, VA. Westward expansion was disrupted by the Civil War but the railroad survived and as the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad was purchased by Collis Huntington in 1869. Conceiving the C&O as a transcontinental extension of Huntington's Southern Pacific Railroad, under his leadership the railroad continued to expand, reaching the Ohio River in 1873. During 1875 the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad went into receivership and emerged as the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. In 1888 the C&O reached Cincinnati. Also in that year Huntington lost control of the road. By the turn of the 20th Century Chesapeake & Ohio Railway had become a major coal hauler and a very successful railroad. With financial muscle the C&O continued to grow, purchasing the Pere Marquette Railroad in 1930 and taking control of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1963. Successful until its end, the C&O merged with Seaboard Coast Line in 1987 to become the mew mega-railroad CSX. Most of C&O's route structure are operating main lines in the CSX system. Two important cities- Newport News, VA (as a seaport for coal) and Huntington, WV (as a major yard with shop facilities) were developed by C&O.
Historical Side Note: The Chesapeake & Ohio Passenger Depot in Williamsburg, VA, was levelled to enable reconstruction of historic buildings for the huge Colonial Williamsburg project. The current Amtrak Depot was built as a replacement by the C&O in the 1930s.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 4"