1:160 scale New Haven EF-3a (without train heating boiler)
The New Haven Railroad's ten EF-3 locomotives were ordered in 1941 in response to growing wartime heavy freight and passenger traffic.
Designed by General Electric, they were based on the earlier GG1 and EP-4 locomotives. ?s 0150-0154 were built by Baldwin Westinghouse in 1942, with General Electric themselves building ?s 0155-0159 in 1943.
With 9100 maximum horsepower, and capable of 4860 continuous horsepower at their top speed of 65mph, the EF-3s could haul 5000 ton freight trains or 20 passenger cars.
From 1944, the five GE-built locos were fitted with steam heating boilers for passenger work, and reclassified EF-3b. Previously, and for the remaining locos without boilers, steam heating trailers were used.
This version of the model depicts the locomotives without a steam heating boiler fitted.
Sprue of separate parts
Included in the model are the main body and a sprue with the grabrails which need to be added separately, as illustrated in the diagrams above.
Also included on the sprue are replacements for the cab door steps, in case they become damaged. Thus if the steps break during manufacture it is not neccessarliy required to have the model reprinted.
A GG1 chassis matches almost exactly the design used by the EF-3. The Kato chassis will need some modifiction to fit within the printed body.
I recommend using acrylic paints for this model as they work well on the Frosted Ultra Detail plastic. Enamel paints have been reported to take an excessive amount of time to dry on Frosted Ultra Detail so should not be used.
Suitable transfers are available from Microscale Industries for the New Haven Railroad logos and numbers
(product code 60-1062) and striping
(product code 60-1061).