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Athearn Genesis HO GP50 Phase 1 Diesel w/ DCC & Sound Southern #7010H

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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 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.

        DC Analog is a control system standard to most starter sets which allows the user to control the track (and not the locomotive). This means that two or more trains on the same track will move, speed up, slow down and stop at the same time.
        DCC Digital stands for ‘Digital Command Control’. DCC Digital systems allow individual locomotives and accessories to be independently controlled from the controller. Other functions, such as lighting and sound (if equipped), can also be independently controlled.

        DCC READY (Standard DC)

        This means the locomotive, train set or equipment is fitted with a socket that is ready to accept a DCC decoder.  The most common and readily available types of decoders here in the US are: 6 pin, 8 pin, next 18, and 21 pin.  Prior to buying a  decoder for your locomotive, verify which of the previous you will need.  This information is usually found on the manufacturers site or instruction booklet.

        The locomotive requires a DCC decoder to be fitted to the socket in order for it to work on a DCC controlled layout. It can however still be used on the conventional DC (analog) layout. 



        This indicates that the locomotive, train set or equipment is fitted with a decoder that has been pre-installed at the factory. 

        This means that the locomotive is ready to run and operate on a DCC controlled layout and can now be called up by request from a Digital Controller. Additional features, such as lighting and sound (if equipped), can also be independently controlled (only if the locomotive is fitted with these accessories).

        Some DCC equipped locomotives can also be run on DC layouts (see note below). Some accessories may continue to work automatically, such as lighting and sound (if equipped), however, the user will not have independent control of these under DC operation. It is important to note that manufacturer's decoders who support sound playback on DC operation will only provide a selection of sounds when the locomotive is detected to be moving or stopping (such as chuffing, coasting and braking sounds).  

        *Some manufacturers may issue a warning that they do not recommend a DCC fitted locomotive to be operated on a DC (analog) layout, and may void any warranties. Check your locomotive's manual for more information. Not all sound decoders enable sound playback on DC operation, and this information is provided with your decoder manual.

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