Athearn Genesis HO GP50 Phase 1 Diesel w/ DCC & Sound Southern #7010H
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. Features: High short hood; Walkway lights; Front and rear snowplows; Notched anticlimbers; Bolted battery box door with center stiffener; Small sunshades; Fore and aft mirrors/windwings; Interior setup for long hood forward operation; Long hood mounted bell; Stepped sill; Phase I blower housing; Dual vertical fuel gauges; Rearward exhaust; Drop grab iron instead of standard fan grab iron; Firecracker antenna; Black numberboards with white numbers; Fully assembled and ready-to-run out of the box; Accurately painted and printed; DCC-ready featuring Quick Plug plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector; Highly detailed, injection molded plastic body; Pilot details including Multi unit (MU) and Trainline hoses; Blomberg M trucks; Sliding cab side windows; See-through cab windows; Full cab interior; Walkway tread; Fine Celcon handrails for scale appearance; See-through radiator fans; See-through dynamic brake fans where appropriate; Numerous photo-etched metal parts for scale realism including windshield wipers and lift rings; Separately applied wire grab irons; Underframe details including sander lines and air filter; Detailed 3600-gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes; McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers, Kadee compatible; Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor with precision machined flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation; Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance; Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent; Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power; All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation; All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow; and Wheels with RP25 contours operate on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail. DCC features: Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami Sound; Sound units operate in both DC and DCC (some functions limited in DC); Engine, horn and bell sounds work in DC; Using DCC, program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell and lights; All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode; Special lighting effects including operating beacons when using DCC; and Many DCC functions can be altered via Configuration Values (CV) utilizing the included chart.