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EMD F7A and F7B

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. Similar in appearance to its predecessor, the EMD F3, the EMD F7 was a 1500 hp multi-purpose locomotive. Although originally promoted as a freight-hauling unit by EMD, the F7 was also used in passenger service hauling such trains such as the Santa Fe Super Chief and the Great Northern Empire Builder. The F7 was the fourth model in GM-EMD's highly successful F-unit series, and was for a long time (until the introduction of the EMD SD40-2 freight unit) was the best selling Diesel-electric locomotive ever made.

Model Information:

The Kato EMD F7 comes in both A and B (cabless) variations, and is retooled from earlier variations of the F-unit locomotive chassis to make it DCC friendly. Passenger units can be identified by their Steam Generators vs. freight units which lack this detail.

Model Features:

  • DCC friendly mechanism
  • A-unit LED has directional headlight 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
176-2126
Shipping December 2015
New!  EMD F7A Freight Santa Fe "Blue Bonnet"
   * Dual Headlight version.
325
$90
176-2127
Shipping December 2015
New!  EMD F7A Freight Santa Fe "Blue Bonnet"
   * Dual Headlight version.
332
$90
176-2128
Shipping November 2015
New!  EMD F7A Freight Santa Fe "Cigar Band"
   * Single Headlight version.
203L
$90
176-2129
Shipping November 2015
New!  EMD F7A Freight Santa Fe "Cigar Band"
   * Single Headlight version.
203C
$90
176-2213
Shipping December 2015
New!  EMD F7B Freight Santa Fe "Blue Bonnet"
--
$85
176-2214
Shipping November 2015
New!  EMD F7B Freight Santa Fe "Cigar Band"
--
$85

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

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