Product Gallery: F7

Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:F7
Road Name:(undecorated)
Model Introduced:1988
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
The photo is from the Omnicon promotional flyer. A- and B-units were available. It consisted of an NWSL drive, a Wabash Valley shell (made out of styrene, itself the revised Enhorning shell), brass sideframes, and a frame by SouthWind Models. A package of super-detailing parts were available separately from Omnicon. The models arrived ready-to-run, and the gearing was set to match the American Model FP7 engines available at that time. These models could be used for building a late-F3 model or an early F7 one, with some extra effort by the modeler. A product review was written about this model in the June 1988 issue of the NASG's The Dispatch magazine.
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Manufacturer:Overland Models, Inc.
Manufacturer ID:1750
Category:F7
Road Name:(undecorated)
Model Introduced:1987
Product Type:Brass
Made in Korea by Ajin Precision. The main photo shows a custom-painted model, which has had some extra detailing added to it. Photos #2 and 3 show the original, unpainted version.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Tom Henderson
photo © Tom Henderson
Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Category:F7
Road Name:(undecorated)
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00869 A-unit DC without sound.
SHS #00809 A-unit with AC/DC sound.
SHS #00839 A-unit with DCC and sound.
SHS #00884 B-unit DC without sound.
SHS #00824 B-unit with AC/DC sound.
SHS #00854 B-unit with DCC and sound.

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00942 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00937 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00950 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00958 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00915 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00899 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00907 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-100
Category:F7
Road Name:(undecorated)
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
The Wabash Valley shells are an improved version of the Enhorning F-unit casts (the Enhorning ones had a deformation on their roof top and a crease on the side). Compared to prototype photos, the Wabash Valley Models shells represent an EMD F3 phase IV (9/1948 to 2/1949) body. The shell has the slight "V"-shape above the rear end flat door panel, which is consistent with F3 body ends, but there is no roof overhang. The shell has the two rectangular roof vents for the dynamic brakes which are an F3 phase IV feature (the two vents were replaced with a 36"-diameter roof fan for the dynamic brakes on F7 phase I engines (11/1948 to 8/1952); the 48" roof fan was used a bit later by EMD on the F7 phase II diesels (8/1952 to 12/1953)). The long stainless steel-framed air grills, with small horizontal vanes, on these shells were common to both F3 phase IV and F7 phase I EMD diesels. These grills replaced the earlier F3 model "chicken wire" air grills. The models shown in Photo #1 and #2 are of Bill's converted F7 A- and B-units. Photo #3 is of Bill's F3 B-unit. Bill has modified his body shells with some brass detailing parts, such as the fans, and replaced the fuel tank skirting with that of an American Models one. Bill reports that many more small details need to be added to his models before it is time for the paint shop. Photo #4 is the stock Model Railroad Warehouse photo showing all available shells in one shot. Originally, the recommendation was to use an American Models FP7 chassis to power these models, and perhaps use its roof details to modify the Wabash Valley shells. In 1988 Omnicon Scale Models announced a chassis specifically designed for this shell. Nowadays, the American Models GP9 is a much better fit and will only require some corner trimming of the GP9's metal base. The shells are still available today (772.2-64-100 A-unit; 772.2-64-101 B-unit). The shells were reviewed in the November/December 1985 issue of the S Gaugian by Robert Nicholson, noting that they represent the F-units starting with the later F3 versions. As a side note, in 1990, Des Plaines Hobbies produced etched-brass sides that the model could attach to these shells to convert the model into an F2, F3 (phases 1 through 4), or an F7.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
Photo #4
model owned by Bill Winans
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Manufacturer ID:00928
Category:F7
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:37L
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
This is the passenger train version. The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00870 A-unit DC without sound (road number 37L).
SHS #00810 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 37L).
SHS #00840 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 37L).
SHS #00885 B-unit DC without sound (road number 37A).
SHS #00825 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 37A).
SHS #00855 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 37A).
SHS #00871 A-unit DC without sound (road number 37C).
SHS #00811 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 37C).
SHS #00841 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 37C).
SHS #00886 B-unit DC without sound (road number 37B).
SHS #00826 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 37B).
SHS #00856 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 37B).

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00943 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00928 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00929 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00951 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00959 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00916 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00900 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00908 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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photo © (S-Helper Service stock photo)
Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Manufacturer ID:00930
Category:F7
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:206L
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
This is the freight train version. The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00872 A-unit DC without sound (road number 206L).
SHS #00812 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 206L).
SHS #00842 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 206L).
SHS #00887 B-unit DC without sound (road number 206A).
SHS #00827 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 206A).
SHS #00857 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 206A).
SHS #00873 A-unit DC without sound (road number 206C).
SHS #00813 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 206C).
SHS #00843 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 206C).
SHS #00888 B-unit DC without sound (road number 206B).
SHS #00828 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 206B).
SHS #00858 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 206B).

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00944 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00930 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00931 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00952 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00960 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00917 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00901 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00909 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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photo © (S-Helper Service stock photo)
Manufacturer:Overland Models, Inc.
Manufacturer ID:1750.1
Category:F7
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Model Introduced:1987
Product Type:Brass
Factory-painted for the B&O.
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Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Manufacturer ID:00815
Category:F7
Road Name:Boston & Maine
Road Number:4268
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00874 A-unit DC without sound (road number 4265, see second photo).
SHS #00814 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 4265).
SHS #00844 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 4265).
SHS #00889 B-unit DC without sound (road number 4265B).
SHS #00829 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 4265B).
SHS #00859 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 4265B).
SHS #00875 A-unit DC without sound (road number 4268).
SHS #00815 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 4268).
SHS #00845 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 4268).
SHS #00890 B-unit DC without sound (road number 4268B).
SHS #00830 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 4268B).
SHS #00860 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 4268B).

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00945 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00932 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00933 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00953 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00961 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00918 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00902 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00910 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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Photo #2
model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:Overland Models, Inc.
Category:F7
Road Name:Canadian National Railways (CNR)
Road Number:9032
Model Introduced:1987
Product Type:Brass
Made in Korea by Ajin Precision.
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Photo #2
model owned by Andy Malette
photo © Andy Malette
Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Category:F7
Road Name:D&RGW
Road Number:5551
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00876 A-unit DC without sound (road number 5551).
SHS #00816 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 5551).
SHS #00846 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 5551).
SHS #00891 B-unit DC without sound (road number 5552, see second photo).
SHS #00831 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 5552).
SHS #00861 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 5552).
SHS #00877 A-unit DC without sound (road number 5554).
SHS #00817 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 5554).
SHS #00847 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 5554).
SHS #00892 B-unit DC without sound (road number 5553).
SHS #00832 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 5553).
SHS #00862 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 5553).

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00946 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00934 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00935 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00954 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00962 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00919 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00903 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00911 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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Photo #2
model owned by Steve Wolcott
photo © Steve Wolcott
Manufacturer:Overland Models, Inc.
Manufacturer ID:1750.1
Category:F7
Road Name:Great Northern (GN)
Model Introduced:1987
Product Type:Brass
Factory-painted for the GN.
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Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Manufacturer ID:00847
Category:F7
Road Name:Great Northern (GN)
Road Number:454D
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00878 A-unit DC without sound (road number 454A).
SHS #00818 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 454A).
SHS #00848 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 454A).
SHS #00893 B-unit DC without sound (road number 454B).
SHS #00833 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 454B).
SHS #00863 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 454B).
SHS #00879 A-unit DC without sound (road number 454D).
SHS #00819 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 454D).
SHS #00849 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 454D).
SHS #00894 B-unit DC without sound (road number 454C).
SHS #00834 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 454C).
SHS #00864 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 454C).

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00947 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00936 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00937 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00954 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00963 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00920 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00904 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00912 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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model owned by Bob Werre
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-112
Category:F7
Road Name:Lehigh Valley
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
Holt reports that his Lehigh Valley F7A painted shell (Cornell red, black stripes) project is finished. As shown in the photo, Holt added a scale 4'-diameter fan on roof for dynamic brakes, air horns and number boards from B.T.S., and a motor drive and gears unit from an American Models GP9. The AM GP9 drive unit base is 8-3/4" long, and is a good fit for the F7A shell with minor corner trimming of the aluminum alloy drive base; the "recommended" AM FP7 drive unit base, at 9-3/4", is too long, and does not match up with the cutaways on the F7A shell for the drive trucks (those recommendations were made before the AM GP9 chassis was available at the time). He also trimmed the width of the metal drive base by about 1/16" with dremel and file for a snug fit; no screws used. The black paint for the Farr air grills and rooftop exhaust is Testors Model Master enamel, brushed by hand. Light gray enamel was used for the fine trim around the Farr air grills. Road numbers are from miscellaneous decals he had on hand, as well as Woodland Scenics dry transfers. He used flexible clear acrylic sheet for the window and door glazing (side windows are left open for airflow). The long coupler tabs on the AM drive unit were cut back in length and then re-drilled and tapped for the AM 2-56 pivoting coupler screws; note the smaller fixed AM coupler in front, and an operating AM hi-rail coupler has been mounted on the rear end. The roof top and front pilot weathering was brushed-on thinned Model Master flat black enamel, to give the model a mid-1950s road-worn appearance. The Lehigh Valley RR acquired 8 F7A diesels from GM/EMD in 1950, even numbers from 560 thru 574; the odd numbers were F7B units. The prototype 562 engine ran freight on the LV from 1950 until a 1972 trade-in.
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Photo #2
model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Manufacturer ID:00938
Category:F7
Road Name:Missouri Pacific (MP)
Road Number:587
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00880 A-unit DC without sound (road number 587).
SHS #00820 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 587).
SHS #00850 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 587).
SHS #00895 B-unit DC without sound (road number 587B).
SHS #00835 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 587B).
SHS #00865 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 587B).
SHS #00881 A-unit DC without sound (road number 591).
SHS #00821 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 591).
SHS #00851 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 591).
SHS #00896 B-unit DC without sound (road number 591B).
SHS #00836 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 591B).
SHS #00866 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 591B).

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00948 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00938 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00939 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00956 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00964 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00921 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00905 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00913 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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photo © (S-Helper Service stock photo)
Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-111
Category:F7
Road Name:Monon
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
The pre-decorated shell is shown at the top left in the group photo. The Wabash Valley shells are an improved version of the Enhorning F-unit casts (the Enhorning ones had a deformation on their roof top and a crease on the side). Compared to prototype photos, the Wabash Valley Models shells represent F3 phase IV (9/1948 to 2/1949) EMD bodies. The shell has the slight "V"-shape above the rear end flat door panel, which is consistent with F3 body ends, but there is no roof overhang. The shell has the two rectangular roof vents for the dynamic brakes which are an F3 phase IV feature. Some shell modifications would need to be made by the modeler to represent a true F7. Originally, the recommendation was to use an American Models FP7 chassis to power these models. However, the American Models GP9 (which was not available back then) is a much better fit and will only require some corner trimming of the GP9's metal base. Also, the trucks line up better with the shell. Additional details, such as simulated glass and couplers will need to be added by the modeler for a complete model.
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photo © (Model Railroad Warehouse stock photo)
Manufacturer:Enhorning
Category:F7
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Era:1951
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Some of these engines' shells had a bump in the roof, which was due to a manufacturing issue. Early models had aluminum wheels, and later ones had brass ones. Either way, conducting electricity was always an issue.
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model owned by Bob Frascella
photo © Bob Frascella
Manufacturer:Overland Models, Inc.
Manufacturer ID:1762
Category:F7
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Era:1951
Model Introduced:1987
Product Type:Brass
Unpainted. Model has the PRR-specific Trainphone antennae.
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Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Manufacturer ID:00940
Category:F7
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Road Number:9654A
Prototype Era:1951
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Modeling Notes:view our page
The individual engines were listed as follows:
SHS #00882 A-unit DC without sound (road number 9654A).
SHS #00822 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 9654A).
SHS #00852 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 9654A).
SHS #00897 B-unit DC without sound (road number 9654B).
SHS #00837 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 9654B).
SHS #00867 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 9654B).
SHS #00883 A-unit DC without sound (road number 9660A).
SHS #00823 A-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 9660A).
SHS #00853 A-unit with DCC and sound (road number 9660A).
SHS #00898 B-unit DC without sound (road number 9660B).
SHS #00838 B-unit with AC/DC sound (road number 9660B).
SHS #00868 B-unit with DCC and sound (road number 9660B).

They were available in the following sets (composed from the various numbers listed above):
SHS #00949 A/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00940 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00941 A/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00957 A/B/B configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00965 A/B/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00922 A/B/A configuration DC without sound.
SHS #00906 A/B/A configuration AC/DC sound.
SHS #00914 A/B/A configuration DCC and sound.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-110
Category:F7
Road Name:Western Maryland
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
The pre-decorated shell is shown at the bottom left in the group photo. The Wabash Valley shells are an improved version of the Enhorning F-unit casts (the Enhorning ones had a deformation on their roof top and a crease on the side). Compared to prototype photos, the Wabash Valley Models shells represent F3 phase IV (9/1948 to 2/1949) EMD bodies. The shell has the slight "V"-shape above the rear end flat door panel, which is consistent with F3 body ends, but there is no roof overhang. The shell has the two rectangular roof vents for the dynamic brakes which are an F3 phase IV feature. Some shell modifications would need to be made by the modeler to represent a true F7. Originally, the recommendation was to use an American Models FP7 chassis to power these models. However, the American Models GP9 (which was not available back then) is a much better fit and will only require some corner trimming of the GP9's metal base. Also, the trucks line up better with the shell. Additional details, such as simulated glass and couplers will need to be added by the modeler for a complete model.
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photo © (Model Railroad Warehouse stock photo)

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