1970’s EMD F9 Diesel A Unit and Four Cars
This basic set was one of two cataloged by Bachmann in 1970 for its new HO-scale model train releases. The set included the original 8-wheel drive F9A diesel locomotive model with caboose in matching road name, three freight cars, and a circle of 18-inch radius brass track. The road names listed for 1970 and 1971 included Burlington, Penn Central, and Santa Fe. For 1972, Bachmann adds CP Rail to the list of road names. For its 1974 catalog appearance, CP Rail is dropped and Burlington Northern is added. In 1975, the set is renamed The Diesel Hustler. For the first three years (1970-1972), this set could be purchased with power pack (MSRP: $26.95) or without power pack for $19.95.
Bachmann sold Plasticville USA structure kits beginning the 1950s for HO hobbyists, but the line didn’t expand into locomotives, rolling stock and additional items until 1970. You’ll find the first of the full line of HO-scale model trains listed in Bachmann’s 1970 catalog. However, the models shown are Bachmann’s N-scale releases serving as stand-ins for the new HO offerings. For 1971, the catalog included actual images of Bachmann’s HO-scale trains.