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BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
Bangor & Aroostock

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BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
Chesapeake & Ohio
No. 5040-B
No. 5040-B & BD -Powered & Dummy
No. 5040-02

BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
Chicago & Eastern Illinois
No. 5040-I
No. 5040-I & ID -Powered & Dummy
No. 5040-09

AHM BL-2 Florida East Coast

BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
Florida East Coast
No. 5040-C
No. 5040-C & CD -Powered & Dummy
No. 5040-03

BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
Missouri Pacific

BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
No. 5040-F
No. 5040-F & FD -Powered & Dummy
No. 5040-06

BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
Rock Island
No. 5040-H
No. 5040-H & HD -Powered & Dummy
No. 5040-08

BL-2 Diesel Locomotive
Western Maryland
No. 5040-E
No. 5040-E & ED -Powered & Dummy
No. 5040-05

AHM's1967 catalog image of the BL-2 Diesel

The Branch-Line or BL-2 from AHM is among the company's earliest offerings. As such, it does suffer from some degree of crudity. The unit rides on the truck used for the FM C-Liner, rather than the prototypical EMD Blomberg truck. The model also lacks steps on the cab doors. Possibly its most distinguishing feature may be its slightly overweight appearance. The AHM BL-2 appears to be a bit wider and bigger than it should be at 1:87th actual scale.

The early roadnames for this model included: C&O, MoPac, Western Maryland, and Monon. In the 1967-68 AHM Catalog, the BL-2 has a $8.95 retail price.

AHM offered its BL-2 as a powered and also a non-powered model. Adding a "D" to the model's stock number was the designation for non-powered examples.

AHM sold the BL-2 in pairs (one powered and one non-powered) for a time in the 1970s and into the '80s. A BL-2 pair is seen in the Chicago & Eastern Illinois set seen above. As was typical of models of this period, both BL-2 models carried the same roadnumber. Beyond AHM's offering of this Yugoslovian-made BL-2, no other U.S. hobby company has imported this version. The AHM model survives just into the 1980s.

Plans for the EMD BL-2 diesel are included in the June 1962 issue of Model Railroader magazine. The prototypes were built by EMD over the course of little more than a year in 1948-1949. Original buyers for this odd diesel included: Bangor & Aroostock, Boston & Maine, C&O, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, Florida East Coast, Missouri Pacific, Monon, Rock Island and Western Maryland. AHM did a very good job of covering most all the owners in its 1/87th-sized offering.

As mentioned, the AHM BL-2 dates back to the early days of the company's history. The next HO-scale plastic ready to run BL-2 is also and early release from Life-Like's Proto 2000 series of models. In fact, the Proto 2000 BL-2 was the company's debut for this series of high end offerings in 1989.

You may read more about the BL-2 at Wikipedia.org.

Image sources include AHM product catalogs and advertisments, as well as images from eBay auctions and other sources. Information presented comes from variety of sources including product catalogs, magazine articles and Wikipedia.