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N Scale - Bev-Bel - 15002 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F7 - Rio Grande - 5771

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Stock Number 15002
Original Retail Price $30.00
Brand Bev-Bel
Manufacturer Life-Like
Body Style Life-Like Diesel Engine F-7 A&B Units
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F7 (Details)
Road or Company Name Rio Grande (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 5771
Paint Color(s) Orange, Silver and Black
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
DCC Readiness No
Announcement Date 1990-01-01
Release Date 1990-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F7A
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Label incorrectly stating road number #5481

Model Information: This model was introduced by Life-Like in 1990. It is made in China and is an older design.

The model features truck-mounted rapido couplers. The shell design has all details molded in, which makes it durable, but not as elegant as later designs from 2000 on which often feature niceties such as applied grab-irons in similar models. There are no flywheels in the mechanism, but it does feature two lead slugs to give it a nice hefty weight which helps it pull. Pickup is OK but the movement can be a little jerky (did I mention the lack of flywheels?). It is fairly quiet considering the older design and it will pull 30 cars on a flat surface.

The pricing of this model was always aggressive so it can be a staple in many hobbyists collection due to affordability. Since it is not DCC-Friendly, it doesn't carry much current value.

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
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Road Name History:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. The Rio Grande operated as a separate division of the Southern Pacific, until that company was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

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Brand/Importer Information:
Formerly located in Cresskill, New Jersey, the now defunct Bev-Bel Corp. was founded by the late Irvin and Beverly Belkin in 1956. A prolific "boutique" producer of after-market, limited production, special run rolling stock and locomotives (in road names and non-traditional commemorative and holiday themed paint schemes that were not typically offered by the major manufacturers), Bev-Bel' sourced its models from Atlas Tool Co., Inc., Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc., Bachmann, and Life-Like Trains.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2021-04-28 09:33:22. Last edited by Alain LM on 2021-04-28 09:48:58

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