Intermountain HO EMD FT A/B Set, ESU LokSound DCC
St. Louis – South Western – Black Widow #919 & #918
InterMountain Item #49204S-07
- Sharp Painting and Lettering
- The body has finely molded detail
- Wire Grab Irons
- Etched metal screens for the roof, the fan, and the dynamic brake openings
- These locomotives are packaged in A-B sets which includes the cab unit and the booster unit
- Both units are powered
- Equipped with factory installed ESU LokSound DCC Decoders
- Kadee® couplers are included.
The EMD FT was a 1,350 horsepower diesel-electric locomotive produced between March 1939 and November 1945, by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division. All told 555 cab-equipped A units were built, along with 541 cabless booster B units, for a grand total of 1,096 units.
FTs were generally marketed as semi-permanently coupled A-B sets (a lead unit and a cabless booster connected by a solid drawbar) making a single locomotive of 2,700 hp. Many railroads used pairs of these sets back to back to make up a four-unit A-B-B-A locomotive rated at 5,400 hp. All units in a consist could be run from one cab; multiple unit (MU) control systems linked the units together. Some roads, like the initial customer Santa Fe, ordered all their FTs with regular couplers on both ends of each unit for added flexibility.
The locomotives were sold to railroads in the United States. It was the first model in EMD’s very successful F-unit series of cab unit freight diesels, and was the locomotive that convinced many U.S. railroads that the diesel-electric freight locomotive was the future. Many rail historians consider the FT one of the most important locomotive models of all time.