For more than 60 years, the name Athearn has become synonymous with top quality, authentic looking model trains and train sets. The locomotives, carriages and wagons feature highly accurate and extensive detail features that model railway enthusiasts have come to expect from this leading brand. Even the smallest details are recreated in miniature and it is this attention to detail that sets Athearn apart!
The EMD F7 Union Pacific set is the perfect product for anyone looking to get into the high scale world of classic American model railroading. This set comes with everything needed to get started including a 45 inch by 36inch oval layout of E-Z Track, the locomotive, wagons and a fully variable speed controller that allows for realistic operation at scale speeds and smooth braking.
The locomotive features extensive detail and comes fully assembled ready for use with pre- installed wire grab irons and Celcon handrails. Super smooth drive train with machined RP25 profile metal wheels and McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers are installed for easy hook up of rolling stock. Loco, carriages and wagons also feature superbly moulded bodies with flush windows and accurately painted company logos and nomenclature.
The track that comes with the set is the unique EZ track and it couldn’t be easier to put together. With the molded track bed on which the track is mounted, it makes what would normally be a tricky and fiddly job much simpler as the bed helps to line up the fishplates. As well as easing the building of the track, the raised rails on the track bed keeps the locomotive away from picking up dirt and fluff that can be found on floors and carpets which can often lead to poor running.
The nickel silver track ensures that the power flows efficiently to the locomotive as well as providing a smooth surface for the locomotives wheels to run on reducing the risk of accidental derailments!
The locos and rolling stock are modeled in HO gauge, however they can easily be used on existing OO gauge track but the scale of the trains are slightly bigger than their OO gauge counterparts.
Classic American style, superb detail and ease of use, what more could you want from a railway set?
- Packaging acts as storage when set is not in use
- F7 locomotive with handrails installed
- Three freight cars with a matching caboose
- 36" x 45" oval of Bachmann E-Z Track with gray roadbed
- Box measures approximately: 13"W x 5"D x 18"H
- Includes power supply and easy to use speed control
- Set includes everything you need to get started
About the Railroad
Nearly 150 years ago, US President Abraham Lincoln Signed the Pacific Railroad Act. With this historic stroke of a pen, the stage was set for Union Pacific to open the American West to settlers and in the process, unite a continent!
It took an army of 20,000 men working 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week for six years. They crossed hundreds of miles of desert, pushed into mountains and forded streams and rivers to connect America by rail..
It was by any standard a remarkable feat, as the system was built primarily by hand. With the driving of the Golden Spike on MAY 10 1869 the route was complete and a vast largely unpopulated region was poised for growth.
The transcontinental route heralded the Industrial Revolution and modernized transportation
Today the Union Pacific Railroad operates a fleet of more than 8,000 locomotives traveling to 23 states over 23,000 miles of track and employs over 41,700 working day and night for the good of its’ many varied customers.
About the Locomotive
The EMD F7 was a 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW) Diesel-electric locomotive produced between February 1949 and December 1953 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors (EMD) and General Motors Diesel (GMD). It succeeded the F3 model in GM-EMD's F-unit sequence, and was replaced in turn by the F9. Final assembly was at GM-EMD's La Grange, Illinois plant or GMD's London, Ontario facility. Although originally promoted as a freight-hauling unit by EMD, the F7 was also used in passenger service hauling such trains as the Santa Fe's Super Chief and El Capitan. The F7 replaced the F3, differing primarily in internal equipment (mostly electrical) and some external features. The F7 was eventually succeeded by the more powerful but mechanically similar F9.
UP's basic paint scheme for its diesel-electric locomotives is the oldest still in use by a major railroad. The bottom two-thirds of the locomotive body is painted Armour Yellow, so-named because it was the color used by the Armour meat company. A thin band of red divides this from the Harbor Mist Gray (a fairly light gray) used for the body and roof above that point. A red line is also painted at the bottom of the locomotive body, but this color has gradually become yellow as new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations for reflectorized tape came into effect in 2005; the trucks, underframe, fuel tanks and everything else beneath that line are also Harbor Mist Gray. Lettering and numbering are in red, with black outlines. Some locomotives (historically passenger locomotives, and some recent units from 2000 on) have white-outlined blue "wings" on the nose. More recently, some units have been repainted with a large, billowing Stars and Stripes with the corporate motto "Building America" on the side, where the 'UNION PACIFIC' lettering is normally positioned. This paint scheme is known as "Building America," "Wings," or "Flags and Flares."