An Unpowered Unit for Realistic Double-Heading! By the mid-`60s, EMD's General Purpose locomotives, known as "Geeps," had gained a favorable reputation with railroads. They were hard working road switchers known for their versatility and dependability. The 1500-h.p. GP-7, introduced in 1949, had set the standard for the series of locomotives, and the GP-40, which came along 16 years later, was to be yet another improvement in the GP family tree. The GP-40 doubled the horsepower rating of the GP-7 and introduced the 645-series engine to the Geep heritage. EMD had relied upon the 567-series prime mover for years. The 3,000-h.p. in the GP-40 was indeed impressive, but it presented a problem. With only four axles and the barely adequate wheel-slip control systems then available, GP-40s had adhesion problems. While the units were being fixed at the La Grange, IL, plant, EMD supplied GP-40 buyers with temporary units. An improved electrical system fixed the adhesion problem on the GP-40s and they were ready to roll on U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads once again. M.T.H. brings you this fine Premier model of the EMD GP-40 dressed in CSX, MKT, New Jersey Transit, Richmond Frederick and Potomac, Soo Line or Union Pacific livery. Did You Know? EMD overcame early adhesion problems and sold 2,398 of the popular GP-40 units.
- Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank - Metal Chassis - Metal Handrails and Decorative Horn - Intricately Detailed ABS Body - (2) Operating Metal Couplers - Authentic Paint Scheme - (2) Cab Figures - Metal Wheels and Axles - Unit Measures:15 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 4" - Operates On O-31 Curves