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Monday, November 16, 2009

Athearn Genesis F45 HO Scale Locomotive - Santa Fe

Athearn Genesis HO Scale F45 Santa Fe /Pinstripe #1939 (Cowl)(Pre-Warbonnet)

Product Features

Genesis Series HO Scale Diesel
For use with your HO scale model railroad

Product Description

Features * All new tooling * Genesis driveline with dynamically balanced five pole skew wound motor and dual flywheels * All-wheel drive and electrical pick-up * DCC ready * All DC mode sound features are operated by a wireless handheld remote. No additional control box is required to operate advanced sounds * Cab interior * Detailed multi-piece fuel tanks * Wire grab irons * Metal lift rings * See-through fans * Celcon handrails * Photo-etched non-skid end walks * Flush mounted individual window 'glass'


By the early 1960's the Electro-Motive Division (EMD) was at a big disadvantage. Their 567 engine, in use for over 20 years, had reached it's peak at 2.500 horsepower in a turbocharged 16-cylinder version. EMD released a new 645 engine in 1966. The most powerful locomotive using this series of engine was the SD45, powered by a 20-cylinder turbocharged 645E engine producing 3600 horsepower. Orders from railroads all over the country, especially western roads, poured in. Great Northern received the first one off the production line and Santa Fe took delivery of a 90-unit order the first year. At the same time Santa Fe was looking to replace it's aging fleet of passenger locomotives. They wanted something more stylish than a freight hood unit with a steam generator for thier famous Super Chief train. EMD had already extended the SD45 frame and added a steam generator to the rear creating the SDP45. They responded to Santa Fe's request by adding a cowl body to the SDP45 thus creating the FP45. Santa Fe took delivery of the first nine FP45's in December of 1967. Numbered 100-108, they were painted in the red and silver warbonnet passenger scheme with black Roman-style Santa Fe lettering on the sides. The cowl offered a cleaner engine compartment and internal walkways, both of which would lead to production of the F45, a regular SD45 with the cowl. Santa Fe acquired forty F45's in 1968, numbered 1900-1939 and delivered in the blue and yellow frieght style paint scheme.

See Also: Proto 2000 Diesel EMD F7A-B Set Powered - HO Scale - Santa Fe / Bachmann HO Scale FT Locomotive - Santa Fe / Walthers HO Scale F7 Locomotive - Santa Fe

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