MTH 20-20559-3 - F-7 B-Unit Diesel "Santa Fe" (Non-Powered)
- Road Name: Santa Fe (Blue & Yellow)
- Product Line: Premier
- Scale: O Scale
- Release: Jan. 2016
Availability Check: As of 6/29/2018 this item is still available from MTH.
- Intricately Detailed ABS Bodies
- Colorful Paint Scheme
- Metal Chassis
- Metal Body Side Grilles
- Metal Wheels and Axles
- (2) Non-Operating Metal Couplers
- Die-Cast Truck Sides and Fuel Tank
- Metal Handrails
- Moveable Roof Fan Blades
- Unit Measures:13" x 2 5/8" x 3 3/4"
- Operates On O-31 Curves
Electro-Motive Division's F7 was the zenith of the "covered wagon," or carbody-style diesel. With 3,849 units built between 1949 and 1953, the F7 was both the most popular carbody diesel and its last hurrah. By 1954 U.S. railroads had virtually stopped ordering F-units in favor of hood units like EMD's GP9 and Alco's RS-3. The side walkways of hood units offered better access for maintenance and better visibility for backup moves, making them truly universal locomotives useful for both mainline runs and road switching.
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