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Old 12-12-2019, 04:20 PM   #1
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MTH F3 Union Pacific set

I have been looking for a Union Pacific F unit set for a while. The UP was my Dad’s favorite railroad and he liked the F units in particular. He likely saw them out in California in the late 40’s or early 50’s when he was in the US Navy and passed through there on occasion.

The UP does have a great looking paint scheme. I can understand the attraction.

I waited for some time for a set I liked, to appear. I found it on EBay. It is the basic three unit set with an add-on B unit. They all came together.

Today, I took the primary unit and opened it up to replace the battery with a BCR2, a quick and easy operation. I set up the two A units on my test track and powered it up. After adding some smoke fluid, I entered them in the remote and started them.

Everything worked nicely, especially the smoke. They have some mileage/time on them, so they will need some light cleaning.

I only had one issue with the remote and the engines. I hit the “engine sounds” button and shut off the engine sounds. However it wouldn’t turn the sounds back on. I restored the sounds only after doing a factory reset. I really don’t understand the way the remote works, sometimes

Finally, these are F3 units with steam generators for passenger service. I am guessing they were used in both passenger and freight service on the UP. Maybe one of our UP fans might know the answer to that...

Tom
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... The UP was my Dad’s favorite railroad and he liked the F units in particular.

Tom
Nice loco's. And they'll remind you of your dad when you run them.

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Old 12-13-2019, 04:37 AM   #3
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Nice looking ABBA set.
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Old 12-13-2019, 09:46 AM   #4
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I think you need more track Tom! Good looking set, but I doubt you'll be able to get them up to speed in six inches...
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:07 PM   #5
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Those are really nice Tom!!!

I don't have good luck with UP engines, long story...

I believe Vern is our resident UP expert!!
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:22 PM   #6
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Very nice Tom. I only recently started looking at UP but right now only vintage engines still in service.
Too bad MTH and Lionel don't offer alternative pilots like K-Line did. That big coupler seriously detracts from an otherwise fine looking engine.

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Old 12-13-2019, 02:31 PM   #7
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Never seen a F unit that I didn't like. Nice looking set.

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Old 12-13-2019, 03:32 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. I have a number of UP engines, but this is the most “vintage” diesel set I own. My other UP diesels are modern.

I like the paint scheme and the details this set has.

Pete, were all the K-Line Fs supplied with a separate “fixed” pilot? Or was it a option for certain models?

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Never seen a F unit that I didn't like. Nice looking set.

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Old 12-13-2019, 06:19 PM   #10
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My dad has several sets of MTH UP F units. They're nice looking and run great. Enjoy them!
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