The MTH O Scale EMD E3B Diesel Non-Powered Great Northern 0-27 models the General Motors' ElectroMotive Division's famous E3 cab locomotive designed for passenger service. This pre World War II model was the first diesel locomotive launched on the North American railroad market (E1, E2 had limited production for individual railroads) and the first with the EMD 567 prime mover that would power all the post World War II models. The EMD 567 engine generated 2,000 hp. Only 17 "A" and 2 "B" units were produced from 1938-40. The updated E4 soon supplanted the E3, and with World War II production restrictions all locomotive production ceased in 1942. (Note: This unit is a "B" Unit designed to operate with a cab-equipped "A" Unit. This unit is non-powered).
Road Name and History:
Great Northern Railway: In 1878 James J. Hill, and his associate George Stephen, purchased two bankrupt railroads in Minnesota and organized them as the St. Paul, Minneapois, & Manitoba Railway. Using this railroad, Hill built west and reached Devils Lake, ND, in 1885. By 1886 another Hill line, the Montana Central, was incorporated to build a rail line between Great Falls and Butte, MT. Extending the SPM&M west a through route was created from St. Paul, MN, to Butte, MT, in 1888. The Minneapolis & St. Cloud Railway, chartered in 1856, was taken over by James Hill in 1881, and he used this charter to extend a rail line to Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI. He renamed this railroad the Great Northern Railway, which he consolidated with the SPM&M, with plans to extend the route from St. Paul through to Puget Sound. Building west without Federal money or a land grant, the Great Northern Railway was built through Marias Pass in the Montana Rockies and over the Cascade Range in Washington State at Stevens Pass. The transcontinental line was completed in 1893, with the Cascade Tunnel replacing the line over Stevens Pass in 1900. James Hill, a sharp and shrewd railroad manager, had the best route across the Northern United States, and the Great Northern came to be the dominant carrier in the Pacific Northwest. The Great Northern thrived as an important transcontinental US railroad up to 1970, when it merged with the Northern Pacific and the Burlington to become the Burlington Northern.
14 3/4" X 2 1/2" X 3 3/8"