• Athearn Trains HO GP50 Phase 1, SOU #7008R Southern

    Product Number ATHG40542

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    In 1980, EMD released the GP50, one of the final models using the 645-model diesel engine. The GP50 used the new 16-cylinder 645F-series engine producing 3500 h...*More

    In 1980, EMD released the GP50, one of the final models using the 645-model diesel engine. The GP50 used the new 16-cylinder 645F-series engine producing 3500 horsepower through the new AR-15 alternator. The AC electrical current from the alternator was rectified to DC current to power the four new D87 traction motors. The first GP50s were fifty units built for Chicago NorthWestern starting in May 1980. Seventy units for Southern, ten units for Missouri Pacific and ten units for Burlington Northern completed the first year s production. Twenty more GP50s for Southern, an additional twenty for Missouri Pacific and thirty for Santa Fe were built in 1981. In 1985, fifteen units went to the Santa Fe and 53 to Burlington Northern. These were Phase II versions with straight-sill frame and free-flow or laundry chute traction motor blower bulge. They were the last GP50s built, bringing the production total to 278 units. Until the early 1990s, the GP50s on all five railroads could be found on almost any kind of mainline train and were mixed with that road s other power. However, GP50s were often assigned in three or four unit sets to hotshot piggyback trains. Santa Fe and Southern also had GP50s equipped as masters for remote-control operations (distributed power in today s terms). Santa Fe used theirs on coal trains out of New Mexico, while Southern used theirs on manifest trains on the CNO TP between Cincinnati, Ohio and Chattanooga, Tennessee. In later years the GP50s migrated to general service including locals.*Less

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    • Stepped sill
    • 3 firecracker antennas and conduit for Locotrol
    • Accurately painted and printed
    • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
    • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
    • Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent
    • Blomberg M trucks
    • Bolted battery box door with center stiffener
    • DCC-ready featuring Quick Plug plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector
    • Detailed 3600-gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes
    • Drop grab iron instead of standard fan grab iron
    • Dual vertical fuel gauges
    • Fine Celcon handrails for scale appearance
    • Fore and aft mirrors/windwings
    • Front and rear snowplows
    • Full cab interior
    • Fully assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
    • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor with precision machined flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation
    • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
    • High short hood
    • Highly detailed, injection molded plastic body
    • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
    • Interior setup for long hood forward operation
    • Long hood mounted bell
    • McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers, Kadee compatible
    • Notched anticlimbers
    • Numerous photo-etched metal parts for scale realism including windshield wipers and lift rings
    • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
    • Phase I blower housing
    • Pilot details including Multi unit (MU) and Trainline hoses
    • Rearward exhaust
    • See-through cab windows
    • See-through dynamic brake fans where appropriate
    • See-through radiator fans
    • Separately applied wire grab irons
    • Sliding cab side windows
    • Small sunshades
    • Underframe details including sander lines and air filter
    • Walkway lights
    • Walkway tread
    • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
    • White numberboard with black numbers
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