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EMD F3A and F3B

Prototype Information:

The F-Unit is probably the most recognized diesel locomotive in North American history. It was found on railroads from East to West and North to South. Eastern railroads favored a "Single Headlight" version of the F3, while Western railroads favored a "Dual Headlight" version.

F3 locomotives were used in both freight and passenger service. For passenger service, it was necessary for the locomotives to have a Steam Generator to provide heat and electricity in the passenger cars. In later years, many F3 locomotives originally intended for passenger services were downgraded to freight duty.

Model Information:

The Kato EMD F3 comes in both A and B (cabless) variations. All current variations of the F-unit locomotive chassis are DCC friendly. Passenger units are commonly identified by their Steam Generators vs. freight units which lack this detail. The 2014 run of CB&Q Freight F3's have a number of passenger features, such as the straight pilot, as they began their life as locomotives pulling the California Zephyr before being repainted and repurposed as freight locomotives.

Model Features:

  • DCC friendly mechanism
  • A-unit LED has directional headlights and illuminated number boards
  • Locomotives have a powerful five pole motor with all wheel electrical pickup and blackened wheels
  • KATO magnetic knuckle couplers
  • Drop in DCC compatible with the Train Control Systems K0D8 series and Digitrax DN163K0B

Current Models

Item # Description
Road Number
MSRP
176-1112 N EMD F3A Union Pacific (Freight Version)
1404
$90
176-1113 N EMD F3A Union Pacific (Freight Version)
1405
$90
176-1114 N EMD F3B Union Pacific (Freight Version)
1412C
$85
176-1115 N EMD F3A Southern Pacific "Black Widow" (Freight Version)
6101
$90
176-1116 N EMD F3A Southern Pacific "Black Widow" (Freight Version)
6104
$90
176-1117 N EMD F3B Southern Pacific "Black Widow" (Freight Version)
--
$85*
176-1202
December 2017
  N EMD F3A Western Pacific for the California Zephyr
802A
$90
176-1202-DCC
January 2018
  N EMD F3A Western Pacific for the California Zephyr
    With Ready-to-run Train Control Systems DCC Installed
802A
$130
176-1203
December 2017
  N EMD F3A Western Pacific for the California Zephyr
803
$90
176-1203-DCC
January 2018
  N EMD F3A Western Pacific for the California Zephyr
    With Ready-to-run Train Control Systems DCC Installed
803
$130
176-1208
December 2017
  N EMD F3B Western Pacific for the California Zephyr
--
$85
176-1208-DCC
January 2018
  N EMD F3B Western Pacific for the California Zephyr
    With Ready-to-run Train Control Systems DCC Installed
--
$125
176-1313 N EMD F3A Chicago Burlington & Quincy (Freight Version)
9960A
$90
176-1314 N EMD F3A Chicago Burlington & Quincy (Freight Version)
9960C
$90
176-1315 N EMD F3B Chicago Burlington & Quincy (Freight Version)
--
$85

Click here for a listing of past models (for reference only)

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