The Milwaukee Road used a total of three different locomotives to pull the
consist between Chicago and Olympia, WA in the early 50's - two electrics (used
on electrified portions of the journey) and the EMD FP7 - a specialized
variation of the F7A which was lenghtened to accomodate a larger water resevoir
for its steam generators (a necessity for long distance passenger service like
that of the Olympian Hiawatha). While E units could also have filled this role
(and did, in later years), their A1A truck design (spreading their weight and
giving them less traction) made them less than ideal for handling the steep
grades of the Milwaukee's route through the Rocky Mountains.
For the Olympian Hiawatha release, Kato will be making a new FP7A locomotive and
a new tooled version of the F7B featuring a winterization hatch (a necessity for
trips through the northern US and across the Rockies!)
Totally new FP7 mechanism and new F7B shell to reflect the prototypical
appearance of the Milwaukee equipment
All new uniquely tooled cars for the Hiawatha train.
Each car is equipped with low flange wheels and KATO magnetic knuckle couplers.
the Post 1952 Super Dome and Distinctive Tail car will be exquisitely modeled
with full maroon interiors and flush windows.
EMD F7B w/ Winterization Hatch Milwaukee Road
- Pre-installed with TCS DCC Decoder K0D8-D
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