Atlas GP40

Price: Non-Sound $165 + Tx, Sound $245 + Tx.
In 1973 Canadian National (CN) designed the safety cab, also known as the comfort cab, which featured a full-width nose that was intended to improve crew safety in the event of a collision. The first CN locomotives to feature this cab were GMDD GP38-2s and MLW M420s. GO Transit ordered the first safety cab equipped GP40-2s in 1973 with a three-unit order. CN then ordered their first safety cab GP40-2s from GMDD in 1974. Using CN’s locomotive classification system, these locomotives were assigned the designation GF-430 (General Motors, Freight, 4-axle, 3000hp). Letters are added after this designation to denote the separate orders for a given model.

The Atlas HO model represents the GF-430d series, of which 34 were built in 1976: CN 9633-9667. This order was constructed using a standard GP40-2 frame. Earlier GF-430 models were built on a frame that was a noticeable 4-5 inches taller. GO Transit would order a total of 10 safety cab equipped GP40-2s and all were built with similar dimensions to the CN GF-430d series. These units were later sold to Canadian National and renumbered as CN 9668-9677.

The terminology “early” and “late” is used when referring to various road names on this run. “Late” CN and former CN units feature ditch lights, snow shields and have their air horn relocated to the top of the long hood. GO Transit units will be “early” in that they will not include ditch lights or snow shields, and the air horn will be mounted above the bell.

The Atlas Master™ Series Gold versions of these locomotives are able to use all of the QSI® Quantum System™ sound features on DC layouts with use of the Atlas Quantum Engineer™.

This GP40-2(W) model features all new tooling for the sill, cab, long hood and fuel tank. There are many prototype-specific and separately-applied details, including:

* Two Rear of Long Hood Styles: CN (single light w/o number boards) and GO Transit (dual lights w/number boards and class lights).
* 3,000 Gallon Fuel Tank
* CN-Style Lighted Ditch Lights (optional)
* Snow Shields (optional)
* Round or Square Sand Fill Hatches
* Cab-Mounted Bell
* Three-Chime Air Horn Mounted on Cab or Long Hood
* Etched Metal Radiator Fan Grilles

Also includes “standard” features of the GP40-2 model:

* Golden-white LEDs
* Realistic die-cast underframe
* Five-pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
* Directional lighting
* Factory-equipped with AccuMate® knuckle couplers
* Detailed cab interior with crew figures
* Separately-installed scale windshield wipers, grab irons and fine scale handrails
* Movable drop steps
* Walkway safety tread
* Coupler cut levers
* Multiple unit hoses and trainline hoses
* Snowplow

Atlas Master™ Series Silver Additional Features:

*NMRA 8-pin plug for DCC (Decoder-ready)

Atlas Master™ Series Gold Additional Features:

*Electronic Dual-Mode® Decoder (e-DMD) that allows your locomotive to run in DCC or traditional DC

QSI® Quantum System™ Features Including:
(Atlas Master Series Gold locomotives only)

* Dual speaker system
* Authentic diesel engine sounds
* Squealing brakes
* Doppler effect
* Air let-off in neutral
* Coupler impact sounds when operated with DCC
* Helper mode that mutes the whistle and bell for double heading
* And more!

Note: Due to the higher starting voltage required to operate the sound system, it is not possible to MU a non-sound-equipped loco in DC (analog) mode

AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.

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These are some pre-release photos of these fine looking locomotives.

Number availability:

CN – No decoder – 9637, 9644, 9656, 9669 / With decoder & sound- 9647, 9659, 9661, 9674
Guilford Rail System (MEC) – No decoder – 509, 512, 516 / With decoder & sound – 510, 515, 519
Huron Central – No decoder – 3010, 3012, 3013 / With decoder & sound – 3010, 3012, 3013
GO Transit – No decoder – 700, 702, 707 / With decoder & sound – 701, 705, 710