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N Scale - Lowell Smith - OCS NS Power Set 1 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F7 - Norfolk Southern - 4271, 4275

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N Scale - Lowell Smith - OCS NS Power Set 1 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F7 - Norfolk Southern - 4271, 4275 Image Courtesy of Lowell Smith


Brand Lowell Smith
Stock Number OCS NS Power Set 1
Original Retail Price $319.00
Commissioned By Lowell Smith
Manufacturer Broadway Limited Imports
Production Type Announced
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Broadway Limited Diesel Engine F7 (A & B Units)
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F7 (Details)
Road or Company Name Norfolk Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks NS
Road or Reporting Number 4271, 4275
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White and Gold
Paint Scheme Executive Train
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Series Name NS Office Car Special
Series Release/Issue Number NS Power Set 1
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder w/Sound
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F7A&B
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Broadway Limited Int. is producing these exclusively for Lowell Smith Signature Series and this OCS Series train. Set 1 includes F-7A unit road number 4271 & F-7B unit 4275. The B unit in the set is a ‘dummy’ engine with no power mechanism. The powered A unit will have ‘Dual Mode’ decoders, so these work both DC and DCC. Horn and bell sounds performance in DC are activated by an accessory sold separately by BLI called ‘DC Master’.

Series Information: Norfolk Southern’s “Office Car Special” is really one of the most beautiful passenger trains on the rails today. It is truly irresistible to model! As with the other special runs like this that I have done, the windows will not match exactly but the paint and lettering will. These cars are paint matched from actual paint from the Altoona Shops.

Model Information: The F7 was the fourth model in GM-EMDs successful line of F unit locomotives, and by far the best-selling cab unit of all time. In fact, more F7s were built than all other F units combined. It succeeded the F3 model in GM-EMDs F unit sequence, and was replaced in turn by the F9. Final assembly was at GM-EMDs La Grange, Illinois plant or GMDs London, Ontario facility. The F7 differed from the F3 primarily in internal equipment (mostly electrical) and some external features. Its continuous tractive effort rating was 20% higher (e.g. 40,000 lb (18,000 kg) for an F7 with 65 mph (105 km/h) gearing, compared to 32,500 lb (14,700 kg) for an F3 with the same gearing.) A total of 2,366 cab-equipped lead A units and 1,483 cabless-booster or B units were built. (Note: the B unit is often referred to as an F7B, whereas the A unit is simply an F7. For clarity, BLI refers to A units as F7A.) Many F7s remained in service for decades, as railroads found them economical to operate and maintain. However, the locomotive was not very popular with yard crews who operated them in switching service because they were difficult to mount and dismount, and it was also nearly impossible for the engineer to see hand signals from a ground crew without leaning way outside the window. As most of these engines were bought and operated before two-way radio became standard on most American railroads, this was a major point of contention. In later years, with the advent of the road switchers such as the EMD GP7, F units were primarily used in through freight and unit train service where there was very little or no switching to be done on that line of road.

DCC Information: Paragon3 Sound & Operation System FEATURING ROLLING THUNDER
  • Operates in DC & DCC (use DCMaster for DC Sound)
  • Record & Play Operation - Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation
  • 16-bit Sample Rate for exceptional high frequency sound clarity
  • Alternate Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam whistle - both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played
  • Adjustable bell ringing interval for faster or slower bell
  • Numerous user-mappable functions with available keys
  • Passenger Station Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
  • Freight Yard related radio chatter - Controlled with Function Key
  • Lumber Yard Ambient Sounds - Controlled with Function Key
  • Farm related radio chatter - Controlled with Function Key
  • Crew Radio Communications - Controlled with Function Key
  • Maintenance Yard related radio chatter - Controlled with Function Key
  • Demo Mode for display and demonstrations
  • Simple Programming with Integral DCC Decoder
  • Individually adjustable sound volumes for most effects

  • Prototype History:
    The F7 was the fourth model in GM-EMD's successful line of F unit locomotives, and by far the best-selling cab unit of all time. In fact, more F7's were built than all other F units combined. 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.

    The F7 differed from the F3 primarily in internal equipment (mostly electrical) and some external features. Its continuous tractive effort rating was 20% higher (e.g. 40,000 lb (18,000 kg) for an F7 with 65 mph (105 km/h) gearing, compared to 32,500 lb (14,700 kg) for an F3 with the same gearing.

    A total of 2,366 cab-equipped lead A units and 1,483 cabless-booster or B units were built. (Note: the B unit is often referred to as an "F7B", whereas the A unit is simply an "F7".)

    Many F7s remained in service for decades, as railroads found them economical to operate and maintain. However, the locomotive was not very popular with yard crews who operated them in switching service because they were difficult to mount and dismount, and it was also nearly impossible for the engineer to see hand signals from a ground crew without leaning way outside the window. As most of these engines were bought and operated before two-way radio became standard on most American railroads, this was a major point of contention. In later years, with the advent of the "road switchers" such as the EMD GP7, F units were primarily used in "through freight" and "unit train" service where there was very little or no switching to be done on line of road.

    From Wikipedia
    Read more on American-Rails.com

    Road Name History:
    The Norfolk Southern Railway (reporting mark NS) is a Class I railroad in the United States; began in 1982 and 1990. With headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the company operates 36,200 route miles in 22 eastern states, the District of Columbia, and has rights in Canada from Buffalo to Toronto and over the Albany to Montreal route. NS is responsible for maintaining 29,000 miles, with the remainder being operated under trackage rights from other parties responsible for maintenance. The common commodity hauled on the railroad is coal from mines in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The railroad also offers the most intermodal network in eastern North America.

    NS is a major transporter of domestic and export coal. The railroad's major sources of the mineral are located in: Pennsylvania's Cambria and Indiana counties, as well as the Monongahela Valley; West Virginia; and the Appalachia regions of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In Pennsylvania, NS also receives coal through interchange with R.J. Corman Railroad/Pennsylvania Lines at Cresson, Pennsylvania, originating in the "Clearfield Cluster". NS's export of West Virginia bituminous coal, begins transport on portions of the well-engineered former Virginian Railway and the former N&W double-tracked line in Eastern Virginia to its Lambert's Point coal pier on Hampton Roads at Norfolk. Coal transported by NS is thus exported to steel mills and power plants around the world. The company is also a major transporter of auto parts and completed vehicles. It operates intermodal container and TOFC (trailer on flat car) trains, some in conjunction with other railroads. NS was the first railway to employ roadrailers, which are highway truck trailers with interchangeable wheel sets.

    The Norfolk Southern Railway's parent Norfolk Southern Corporation is a Norfolk, Virginia-based parent company. Norfolk Southern Corporation was incorporated on July 23, 1980 in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbols NSC. The primary business function of Norfolk Southern Corporation is the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods across the Southeast, East, and Midwest United States. The corporation further facilitates transport to the remainder of the United States through interchange with other rail carriers while also serving overseas transport needs by serving several Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. As of October 1, 2014 Norfolk Southern Corporation's total public stock value was slightly over $34.5 billion.

    Read more on Wikipedia.

    Brand/Importer Information:
    Desiring to bring a creative and artistic approach to model railroad cars, Lowell Smith Signature Series was born in 1994. The first special run car commemorated the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Golden Spike - "Wedding of the Rails". Since 1994, Lowell Smith Signature Series has continued to produce over one hundred and thirty-five unique cars or train locomotives to date.

    The product lines showcased in this website include creations inspired by Americana, such as the Great American Circus, American Fruit Packers and a special tribute to our Nation's National Parks. In 2008, Lowell was also asked to produce a line for the Walt Disney Company®, both at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco as well as Disneyland® Main Street USA.

    Lowell Smith Signature Series continues to develop fun and innovative ideas and encourages you to join the e-newsletter updates so you can stay current on what's coming next.

    Commissioner Information: Desiring to bring a creative and artistic approach to model railroad cars, Lowell Smith Signature Series was born in 1994. The first special run car commemorated the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Golden Spike - "Wedding of the Rails". Since 1994, Lowell Smith Signature Series has continued to produce over one hundred and thirty-five unique cars or train locomotives to date.

    A native of Portland, Oregon, Lowell Smith married his church choir sweetheart Barb in 1978. After a lifetime of rail-fanning, Lowell and Barb ventured out in 1992 to launch a new business in Portland, Oregon.
    Following Lowell's passion of model trains, The Hobby Smith was built to be the community center for model railroaders - operators and collectors alike. Located in the Hollywood District of Portland, The Hobby Smith was the place to learn and to enjoy the camaraderie of others with the same passion.

    Item created by: CMK on 2020-01-29 13:21:44. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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