The EMD F7 was a 1,500 horsepower Diesel-electric locomotive produced between February 1949 and December 1953 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors (EMD) and General Motors Diesel (GMD). Many F7s remained in service for decades, as railroads found them economical to operate and maintain. The Santa Fe railroad operated an extensive amount of EMD F7 diesel locomotives, many painted in the famous “Warbonnet” livery made famous by the Santa Fe’s passenger service.
The Athearn F7 itself also has a lush history. The first plastic one-piece body locomotive in the Athearn catalog for the time, in the 1950s. The Athearn F7 has been the train set locomotive of choice for over a generation of model railroaders.
Boxed: Fully-assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
Lights: Bi-directional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent
Handrails : Included, Fine scale handrails
Powered: Yes (DC), 5-pole motor with precision-machined flywheels and multi-link drive train for trouble free operation
Wheels: Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track.
Couplers: McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
Length: Approx 175mm (without couplers)
Drive: all-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation, All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow