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The F-Unit is probably the most recognized diesel locomotive in North American history. While many F3’s were built for Passenger service, it was not uncommon for them to pass on to freight service later in life, even in some cases retaining some of the passenger details as they were refitted and repurposed for freight use.
Union Pacific Freight: The "Route of the Streamliners," started accepting delivery of Electro-Motive F3 locomotives in 1947. Originally intended for passenger service but later displaced by more powerful E8 locomotives, several F-Units received freight pilots as they continued performing dual roles for the UP.
Southern Pacific "Black Widow": The SP owned 80 F3A and 80 F3B units, part of its move to diesel after 1947. Interestingly, F units such as the F3 made up the entirety of the Southern Pacific diesel fleet up until the mid-fifties.
Chicago Burlington & Quincy: Built for passenger use on the California Zephyr, the CB&Q’s final batch of F3s were bumped from Zephyr service in the 50’s and found themselves re-geared and repainted into the CB&Q’s freight white paint, although they maintained many of their passenger locomotive characteristics.
Now taking orders for Kato Online Exclusive Custom painted HO and N locomotives and cars:
Recent Updates -
Heavy Steam FEF-3/GS-4 Sound Card for Sound Box announced - 5/11/2015
New video posted to Kato USA Youtube Channel featuring N F3's and HO GP35's - 4/17/2015
Latest releases now available -HO EMD GP35 NYC Locomotives (DC and DCC)
N&HO Unitrack Soundbox
HO EMD SD80MAC CSX and NS Locomotives (DC and DCC)
HO Gunderson MAXI-IV Pacer + TTX Well Cars
N UP Excursion Train and Water cars
N GE ES44AC CN and CP locomotives (DC and DCC)
N GE ES44AC CSX locomotives (DC and DCC)
N GE ES44AC UP and BNSF locomotives (DC and DCC)
N EMD F2/F3 Freight two-packs (DC and DCC)
HO EMD P42 Amtrak 40th Ann. Phase III and IV locomotives (DC)
N MAXI-IV TTX "New Logo" Well Cars with UMAX Containers
HO EMD P42 Amtrak 40th Ann. Phase I and II locomotives (DC)
HO EMD SD90/43MAC SL&RG and UP locomotives (DC and DCC)
N EMD SD70ACe Norfolk Southern Heritage + Thoroughbred locos (DC and DCC)