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Broadway Limited E6 Santa Fe



The EMD E6 was a 2,000 hp, A1A-A1A, passenger train locomotive manufactured by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois. The cab version, or E6A, was manufactured from November, 1939 to September, 1942, and 92 were produced. The booster version, or E6B, was manufactured from April, 1940 to February, 1942, and 26 were produced. The 2,000 hp was achieved by putting two 1,000 hp, 12 cylinder, model 567 engines in the engine compartment. Each engine drove its own generator to power the traction motors. The E6 was the seventh model in a long line of passenger diesels of similar design known as EMD E-units.
Compared with other passenger locomotives made by EMD before and after these models, the noses of the E3, E4, and E6 cab units had pronounced slants when viewed from the side. Therefore, these three models have been nicknamed "slant nose" units. Some units made before these models were called "shovel nose" units because of their appearance. Some units made during and after these models were called "bulldog nose" units, because of their appearance.
Only two E6s survive today. One is operated by the Midland Railway, in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is privately owned. It is ex-Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad E6A #630. None of the engines or generators function. But all the safety equipment works, so it is still used on some trains.
The other E6 is located at the Kentucky Railway Museum, in New Haven, Kentucky. It is ex-Louisville and Nashville E6A #770. This unit is for display only, as it came to the museum without a majority of its internal parts.
The first deliveries of the new E6 to Santa Fe were in April 1940 with the last units delivered in May of 1941. Once delivered to Santa Fe they gained a reputation of power, speed and reliability. Santa Fe’s E6 #14L set an all time speed record when it achieved 124 mph on one particular test and was named “Fast 14.” From April 1940 to April 1946 the EMC E6 were assigned exclusively to the Super chief and El Capitan. In 1946 when the new FT’s and F3’s the EMD’s were removed from the premier service and sent to other routes.


This is one of the finest engines BLI has produced to date. When I first opened up the box I was surprised how close to brass these engines were replicated. The sides are beautifully plated with lipstick red done correctly. The only item missing is the bell above the cab which can be bought from Cal Scale number 322.












As expected these engines ran great at all speeds but the “B” unit needs to be powered also.


The sound is QSI sound and typical:
On a rating from 1-10
F1 - Bell - Excellent. 10
F2 - Whistle - Excellent. 10
F3 - Uncouple.- Excellent 9
F4 - Air let off - Excellent 9
F5 – Engine hiss - Excellent 9
F6 - Doppler Effect Excellent 9
F7 - Brake squeal – 8 a bit quite
F8 - Mute. Excellent 10
F9 - Short Air Let-off 10
F10 - ID when idle, when running speed in MPH. Excellent 10


Great engine, beautifully done with great attention to detail.

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