First built for Union Pacific in the late 1980's by General Electric, the DASH 8-40C diesel locomotives were identified by an enlarged exhaust stack and the mounting of the dynamic brake grids in a square-like unit behind the cab, which housed an enlarged equipment blower fan. These six-axle, 4,000 hp engines are still in service today in North America.
The 4,000hp Dash 8-40CW was produced by General Electric between 1989 and 1993 as a follow-up to the successful Dash 8-40C locomotive. The most distinguishing feature of this model was the introduction of GE's version of the wide-nose "North American Safety Cab". This style of cab would become a common sight on railroads across the country. Four major railroads purchased the Dash 8-40CW in fairly large quantities, including Conrail, CSX, Santa Fe and Union Pacific. Most of these units are still in regular mainline and heavy-haul freight service today. Due to various mergers, they can also be seen operating for new owners Norfolk Southern and BNSF.
Ditch lights (8-40CW only)
Number boards, sand fill hatch, and marker lights where appropriate by railroad (8-40CW only)
Realistic die-cast underframe
Factory-equipped with AccuMate knuckle couplers
Coupler pocket designed to accept AccuMate Proto-couplers
Highly detailed coupler cut bars
Multiple unit hoses and trainline hoses Five-pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
Separately-installed scale windshield wipers, metal grab irons and fine scale handrails
Painted crew members
Snowplow and piping on trucks
Recommended minimum radius: 22"
Atlas Master Series Gold Additional Features:
Electronic Dual-Mode Decoder (e-DMD) that allows your locomotive to run in DCC or traditional DC
QSI Titan Sound Decoder Features Including:
(Atlas Master Series Gold locomotives only)
NEW QSI Titan Sound Technology
2nd Generation, proprietary sound processor for an increase in sound quality and variety
Ability to cut, paste and upgrade to new sounds with the Quantum Programmer (sold separately)
Horn/Bell sounds and multiple prime movers are all CV programmable
64 simultaneous sound channels
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.