An EMD NYC F7B has recently been added to the N.Y.C.T.L. motive power fleet. While it did not get the fanfare of PC SD45 #6190 that was recently introduced it was another significant engine for my fleet.
The F7B is a Bachmann Plus ATSF model that I purchased used and 'as is' from my L.H.S. I ended up changing axles and fixing the coupler mounting assemblies. After that the unit performed flawlessly.
The factory paint was stripped using 91% alcohol purchased at a big box store. Rattle can black paint, Microscale Decals, Walthers Solvaset and Testor's Dullcote were used to convert the model into NYC #2423.
The New York Central purchased 55 F7Bs (2420 - 2474) from EMD between 1949 and 1951 to go along with their 238 F7As purchased during the same period. As delivered the NYC F7s wore the ultra classy NYC lightning stripe paint scheme. Early models had the lightning stripe ending a little more than 1/2 way down the sides. Later releases had the lightning stripes running all the way down the sides and included the B units. In the 1960s the fleet was repainted into the cigar band scheme which carried over into the Penn Central.
On the N.Y.C.T.L. much of my NYC equipment is in the lightning striped scheme which was no longer around at the time of the merger. Adding some cigar band paint scheme engines gives me the best of both worlds. These units can mix and match with the earlier NYC equipment or the later PC equipment. Like on the prototype they are a lot easier to paint.
The new NYC F7B #2423 part of this NYC cigar band A-B-A- consist gets ready for it's inaugural run.
The consist is assigned to a unit coal train headed towards Selkirk. Perfect train for a maiden voyage with nothing perishable. And we have a lot of loaded coal hoppers to move out!
Coming downgrade behind Hudson Coal
Opening up the throttle thru Bedford NY
Heading under the Deegan Expressway overpass with a significant coal train.
A NYC 'Road to the Future' caboose brings up the rear.
Passing Bedford Tower
Up and over the Cornelius Vanderbilt Bridge
Posing outside Ralph's Grocery Warehouse with PC SD45 #6190. Like the SD45 the NYC F7 A-B-A worked perfectly!
The NYC F7 A-B-A consist eventually cycled back to Terminal Yard and their next assignment was train NV-2 which was caught on video from the Bedford Station platform.