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Athearn #G22856 F3A w/DCC & Sound, CNJ/Freight No #

Athearn #G22856  F3A w/DCC & Sound, CNJ/Freight No #
  • Manufacture: Model Train Specials
  • Category: Diesel Locomotive
  • Number: G22856
  • Scale: HO
  • Price: $237.98
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NEW FEATURES FOR ALL F-UNITS IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT:
All-new LED lighting
Rubber MU hoses for durability

CNJ FEATURES:
#52, #53A F3A
Delivered to CNJ in 1947
“Chickenwire” grills
Tall fans
Back-up light

LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:
All units are powered
Factory installed SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound and DCC decoder (DCC+sound units only)
DCC+Sound models are “dual mode” and will operate under both DCC and DC
Directional constant lighting; headlight brightness remains constant
On DCC-ready B-units, back-up lights or marker lights (if equipped) will come with LEDS, but wires will not be connected to the circuit board.
Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
Accurately-painted and printed paint schemes
Separately applied photo etched metal and injection molded detail parts
Cab interior
Coupler cut levers
MU hoses
Trainline hose
Windshield wipers
Lift rings
Wire grab irons
Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
Sander lines
Body mounted McHenry scale knuckle couplers - Kadee compatible
DCC-ready Non-sound version features 21-pin NEM DCC plug
Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
LEDs for realistic appearance
Blomberg-B trucks
Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
Replacement parts available
Minimum radius: 18”

SOUND EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE
Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 decoder pre-installed
Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
Individual sound boards installed in both A and B units (sound units only)
Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
Some functions are limited in DC
All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
Excellent low-speed operation
Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
Lighting effects such as beacons, Gyralight where prototypically accurate
Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
CV chart included in the box

PROTOTYPE INFO:
EMD F-units were a line of diesel-electric locomotives produced between November 1939 and November 1960 by General Motors Electro-Motive Division and General Motors-Diesel Division. Final assembly for all F-units was at the GM-EMD plant at La Grange, Illinois and the GMDD plant in London, Ontario, Canada. They were sold to railroads throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Structurally, the locomotive was a carbody unit, with the body as the main load-bearing structure, designed like a bridge truss and covered with cosmetic panels. The so-called bulldog nose was a distinguishing feature of the locomotive’s appearance, and made a lasting impression in the mind of the traveling public.

The F-units were the most successful “first generation” road (main line) diesel locomotives in North America, and were largely responsible for superseding steam locomotives in road freight service. Before this, diesel units were mostly only built as switcher locomotives, and only used in rail yards.

F-units were sometimes known as “covered wagons”, due to the similarity in appearance of the roof of an F-unit to the canvas roof of a Conestoga wagon, an animal-drawn wagon used in the westward expansion of the United States during the late 18th and 19th centuries. When a train’s locomotive consist included only F-units, the train would then be called a wagon train. These two usages are still popular with the railfan community.

This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article “EMD F-unit” ; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA.

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