SRR GP50 PH I #7059X
High short hood
Front and rear snowplows
Bolted battery box door with center stiffener
Fore and aft mirrors/windwings
Interior setup for long hood forward operation
Long hood mounted bell
Phase I blower housing
Dual vertical fuel gauges
Drop grab iron instead of standard fan grab iron
3 firecracker antennas and conduit for Locotrol
White numberboard with black 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
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
Wheels with RP25 contours operate on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
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
Many DCC functions can be altered via Configuration Values (CV) utilizing the included chart
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.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - SMALL PARTS! NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3.
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