The Bachmann O Scale EMD F7 Diesel AA Set New Haven 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:
New Haven: The Hartford & New Haven Railroad opened a route from New Haven, CT, to Springfield, MA, with ferry connections to New York in 1839. That railroad merged with the New York & New Haven to become the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1872. Around 1900 the financier J. P. Morgan began the process of consolidating railroads in Southern New England. As a result by 1929 the New Haven had absorbed around 100 independent railroads to become the dominant railroad in Southern New England. One major achievement of the company was the electrification of the New York-New Haven main line in the 1920s. With the Great Depression the New Haven went bankrupt in 1935, and did not emerge from receivership until 1947. By the second half of the 20th Century the decline of New England's manufacturing base, the short hauls inherent to New England railroads, and passenger and commuter losses meant tough times for the New Haven. In 1968 the struggling New Haven was absorbed by Penn Central, a forced marriage ordered by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-27 curves.
Length: 27" (Two locomotives) Height: 4"