Santa Fe F7

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Paul K, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. Paul K

    Paul K New Member

    Santa Fe F7

    Greetings [​IMG] I’m new to your forum and the hobby.

    I would like some information about buying a good F7. I’m looking for one in Santa Fe silver and red Warbonnet colors.


    I see the Athearn Genesis on eBay but do they still sell them new and is the Athearn Genesis a good brand?
  2. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Yes, the Athearn Genesis is a very good product, and yes, it is still sold new, tho availability of the warbonnet scheme you'll have to check.
  3. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    :thumb: Paul...The Genesis engines are a nice choice. If you can't find any, you might try Intermountains F7. It's every bit as detailed and while it doesn't have
    an interior, it does have lighted number boards. I believe they still make them and they also make a beautiful F3 in the War Bonnet paint. Whichever one you decide on, you can get it cheaper by going to the discount houses like Trainworld,
    Toy Train Heaven, M.B. Klein ( or Good to have you aboard.

    Texas Chief
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The Athearn Genesis is probably the best F7 on the market. The intermountain is probably its equal, but here in Ca. the hobby stores just carry the Athearn Genesis.
  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Paul those are some beautiful F Units :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    Still wish the old 1st generation diesels were around though. They all were beautiful.
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Two of the highlights of our vacation to Sedona last fall were riding the Verde Canyon Railroad behind a pair of Fp9's and then riding the Grand Canyon behind a pair of Alco Fa's.
  7. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    :) Russ...I'm very curious, what was the road name on the FA's? I ask because the
    "Grand Canyon" was a Santa Fe passenger train from days gone by and they didn't own any Fa's. Thanks

    Texas Chief
  8. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    I had posted a photo of these Alcos a couple years ago and someone informed me they were not FA's, and I do not remember what the proper model designation was, but it was the Canadian version by MLW (?)

  9. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    :thumb: Probably PA's. Santa Fe used them to pull the Grand Canyon quite a bit
    and they bear a family resemblance to an Fa except considerably longer.

    Texas Chief
  10. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

  11. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    They are MLW FP4A's, Canadian Passenger versions of FA's. Bought From Via Rail when Via upgraded it's fleet to F40PH's in 1986. orgininaly built in the late fifties for the CNR
    Aparently they were kept in storage for quite awhile but maintained si they could go back in service if needed and capable of 90 MPH.
  12. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    An additional note about the Grand Canyon FPA4's. Part of their fleet, an A and B unit came from the Portola Railroad museum. They were operable when they arrived in Portola IIRC and need little work to get up to speed. At one time Portola had them and an ex-Long Island FA-1 which was an exx-L&N unit. Since Portola is primarily a Western Pacific Museum it was felt that the Grand Canyon would be a good home for the FPA/B4's and it has. Santa Fe ran their passenger F units to the Canyon till that service ended. The PA's from Santa Fe made it there too, but were retired in 1969, IIRC. If you ever make it there, do ride the Grand Canyon Railway. Well done restoration of equipment, trackage and professionally operated. A step back into time, whether you ride behind the steam or diesel trains.


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