Kato #176-1208 EMD F3B Western Pacific for the California Zephyr
- Manufacture: KATO
- Category: Diesel Locomotive
- Number: 176-1208
- Scale: N
- Price: $54.99
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. Eastern railroads favored a "Single Headlight" version of the F3, while Western railroads favored a "Dual Headlight" version.
F3 locomotives were used in both freight and passenger service. For passenger service, it was necessary for the locomotives to have a Steam Generator to provide heat and electricity in the passenger cars. In later years, many F3 locomotives originally intended for passenger services were downgraded to freight duty.
The Kato EMD F3 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.
DCC friendly mechanism
A-unit LED has directional headlights 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
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