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N Scale - InterMountain - 69805-06 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F3 - Santa Fe - 22B

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N Scale - InterMountain - 69805-06 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F3 - Santa Fe - 22B Image Courtesy of InterMountain Railway
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Stock Number 69805-06
Brand InterMountain
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Intermountain Diesel F3 (A+B)
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F3 (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 22B
Paint Color(s) Red, Silver, Black and Yellow
Print Color(s) Black
Paint Scheme Warbonnet
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Friendly
Announcement Date 2013-01-11
Release Date 2013-09-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F3B
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: InterMountain introduced this model in 2005, and have since followed up with several subsequent runs. The model shares the same chassis as Intermountain's F7s. The PC board was re-designed in 2014 with motor contact "shoes" replaced by wires.

In December 2014, a new run of several road numbers was announced which introduced new factory DCC-equipped versions, sound and non-sound. These models come with a brand new design that incurred significant delays. First batch is expected to be delivered mid-2017.

These locos sport all of the niceties one normally associates with "modern" diesel models, e.g. - split-frame DCC-Ready metal chassis, dual-flywheels, low-friction drive, plastic truck assemblies, plastic gearing, blackened wheels, all-wheel drive / pick-up (no traction tires). The motor is an open-sided 5-poler. Directional lighting on A units is controlled by a PC board mounted on top of the chassis, and with the LED headlight mounted on the front of the chassis (with wires running between the two).

DCC Information:
Models released up to 2014: These locos are qualified as "DCC-Friendly" and not "Ready" because installing after-market decoders requires de-soldering and re-soldering a few wires. Not too complex, but you'll need a soldering iron...
- For locos released before 2014: front light of A units needs to be re-soldered to the decoder board.
- For locos released after 2014: in addition to the front light, the motor contacts are performed by two wires that need to be re-soldered to the decoder board.

Accepts the following decoders (non-sound):
- Digitrax DN163I1C: 1.5 Amp N Scale Mobile Decoder for Intermountain F3 / F7 Units. (discontinued)
- Digitrax DN166I1C: 1.5 Amp Decoder for Intermountain N scale F3 and F7 A & B units with motor contact "shoes".
- Digitrax DN166I1D: 1.5 Amp Decoder for InterMountain N Scale F7A & B units with wired motors produced after Jan 2014.
- TCS IMF4: 4 Function Decoder for Intermountain F3A/B, F7A/B and F9B N-Scale locomotives. (Installation for Intermountain F3A)
- TCS IMF4-NF: 4 Function Decoder for Intermountain F3A/B, F7A/B and F9B N-Scale locomotives produced after Jan 2014. (Installation for Intermountain F7A)

Models released as of 2017: this model is proposed factory-equipped with either a non-sound DCC decoder (models suffixed by "D") or a sound DCC decoder (models suffixed by "S"), both from ESU - LokSound Select Micro or LokPilot Micro.

Prototype History:
The EMD F3 was a 1,500-horsepower (1,100 kW) B-B freight- and passenger-hauling diesel locomotive produced between July 1945 and February 1949 by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division. Final assembly was at GM-EMD's La Grange, Illinois plant. A total of 1,111 cab-equipped lead A units and 696 cabless booster B units were built.

The F3 was the third model in GM-EMD's highly successful F-unit series of cab unit diesel locomotives, and it was the second most produced of the series. The F3 essentially differed from the EMD F2 in that it used the “new” D12 generator to produce more power, and from the later EMD F7 in electrical equipment. Some late-model F3's had the same D27 traction motors, along with the heavier-duty electrical cables, used in the F7, and were referred to as model F5 by EMD's Engineering Department.

From Wikipedia
Read more on American-Rails.com

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Paint Scheme:
While there were many, now-classic paint schemes to grace locomotives during the start of the diesel and streamliner age of the 1930s none became as legendary as Santa Fe's "Warbonnet" (and most did not even receive a formal name). The design was the creation of artist Leland A. Knickerbocker, who worked for General Motors. During the mid-1930s the company needed a classy, matching livery to the Native-American themed train that the Santa Fe was planning to debut. Of course, you probably know the name of this train, the Super Chief, which went on to become just as famous as the paint it wore.

The Warbonnet was shelved by the railroad following the end of passenger service in 1971 but was readopted in the late 1980s. Following the creation of Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 1995 a version of the livery was briefly used but was finally dropped altogether.

From AmericaRails.com

Brand/Importer Information:
InterMountain was founded in 1985 by Fred Brummet. They got started in the model railroad business by producing O-Scale model kits. They got started in the N Scale business almost a decade later when in 1994 they introduced the 40-23 reefer car in kit form. Later, in 1998, they started producing RTR (Ready-to-Run) models. By the early 2000s, InterMountain phased out kit production in favor of the RTR models.

The InterMountain Railway company is located at 1224 Boston Ave in Longmont, CO. They are a manufacturer of HO, N and Z scale model trains. They have produced kits as well as RTR (Ready-To-Run) models. Their N Scale products include locomotives as well as rolling stock. Their rolling stock lineup includes Boxcars, Hoppers, Tank Cars, Reefers, Gondolas, Stock Cars and Flatcars.

Their locomotive releases have primarily been diesel units, with the one major exception being their series of AC-12 Cab Forward steam locos. Their diesel lineup includes F3's, F7's, F9's, SD40's, SD45's and FT units. They are known for quality and detail. They also release their rolling stock in larger varieties of road numbers than most of the other manufacturers.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2017-05-22 18:23:30. Last edited by gdm on 2020-07-24 07:24:39

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