From the Manufacturer
Mainline freight service was the last stronghold for steam power in America. By the late 1930s, diesels had proven themselves as switchers and as power for the new streamlined trains, but there were doubts that they could ever be practical in freight service. That all changed in late 1939 when EMD rolled out its brand-new FT locomotive. Borrowing some basic design elements from E series passenger power, but in a shorter, more powerful package, the demonstrator set out on a 35-state tour that covered nearly 90,000 miles. Railroads were amazed at what this single A-B-B-A lash-up with its incredible 5400 horsepower could do, and orders came quickly. With its proven track record, EMD was the only builder allowed to construct road diesel power during the materials shortages of World War II.
Add Realism to Your Railroad with Appropriately Detailed Locos * All-New Drive * 14:1 Gear Ratio for Easy Multiple-Unit Operations * Helical Gears for Ultra-Quiet & Smooth Running * Five-Pole, Skew-Wound, High Torque, High Efficiency Can Motor * Heavily Weighted for Maximum Traction * Both A&B Units Powered * Painted Metal Grab Irons, Ladder Stand-Offs, Handrails & Lift Rings * Correct Coupling Distance Between A & B Units * Most Authentic Bulldog Nose Ever Done * Correct Windshield Slope * Roof Panel Weld Lines * Correctly Sized Bolt Heads * Complete Scale Fuel Tank w/Hangers, Battery Box, Air Tank & Underframe Detail * Working Headlight w/Bezel & Recessed Lens * Working Mars Light as Appropriate - Works on DC or DCC * With or Without Dynamic Brakes to Match Prototypes * Correct Style Lighted Numberboards * Bright Sunny White LED Lighting * Separate, Clear Class Lights * Full Cab Interior w/Crew Figures * New Insulated Diecast Magnetic Knuckle Couplers * Full or Partial Fuel Tank Skirts to Match Prototypes * Correct Grab Iron Style & Placement for Each Roadname * Freight, Passenger or Snowplow Pilot * All-New Sideframes w/Road Specific Journals & With or Without Speed Recorder * Nose Lift Rings as Appropriate * Operating Diaphragms as Appropriate * Etched Metal Farr or Horizontal Grilles * Visible Details Behind Grilles & Under Fan Covers * Available with Dual Mode QSI Sound & DCC Sound and DCC-equipped models can be operated on either DC or DCC layouts, and feature authentic model 567 prime mover recordings that include exhaust, improved throttle notching and transition sounds for change in traction motor electrical connection during acceleration, road-specific horn tone to match prototype, bell, squealing brakes, doppler effect, air let off and much more. Mainline freight service was the last stronghold for steam power in America. By the late 1930s, diesels had proven thems