2.11.02 - The New Diesel Locomotive Arrives
Santa dropped off a new engine at our tree this Christmas. It is a Santa Fe "Bulldog Nose" FA-7 Diesel Locomotive. A smoke unit and a fan are built-in to the loco. We installed the decoder ourselves. This kind of engine was used during the birth of modern train engines. For passenger trains, it hauled matching streamlined trains. As for freight, it could haul almost anything. Many railroads used this loco since it was inexpensive to maintain, compared to steam engines. We are currently using it for freight, however we may get some of the passenger cars in the future.