The E-8 was one of most popular of the E-series locomotives built by EMD in the early `50s. The 6,750 h.p. E-8 A-B-A arrangement was known for pulling passenger trains on most major express routes at speeds up to 100 mph. This streamlined beauty was one of the last locomotives to sport the Bulldog nose look that EMD popularized a decade earlier. Unfortunately, a drastic decline in demand for passenger service in the `60s led to the abandonment of these fine diesels. During that time, there was a shift to more utilitarian general purpose locomotives, which went on to dominate the railroad landscape for two decades. We pay tribute once again to the E-8 by offering it in our RailKing line. Big fun and excitement will rule your playtime with this able handler of passenger trains long and short. And for an even more realistic consist, add a non-powered B unit to this set to achieve the traditional A-B-A diesel engine configuration. Did You Know? Between 1949 and 1953, EMD sold 421 A units and 39 B units.