Atlas N Scale: GE Dash 8-40CW - DCC & Sound - Conrail
First built for Union Pacific in the late 1980s 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.
Separate coupler cut lever
Golden white LEDs
Painted safety rails
Blackened metal wheels
Dual flywheel equipped 5-pole skewed armature motor with a low friction mechanism
Factory-installed AccuMate® magnetic knuckle couplers
DCC OPERATION FEATURES:
Supports all DCC-programming modes
DCC includes RailCom and RailComPlus, with 14, 28 or 128 speed steps and with 2-digit and 4-digit addressing.
Flexible mapping of function keys F0 to F28.
A total of 6 DCC function outputs are available, and all can be function mapped (disable, brightness, light effects) individually
Follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices.
SOUND FUNCTIONALITY FEATURES:
Over 20 sound effects are available, including engine start-up and
shutdown, prime mover sounds through all eight notches, bell, air horn, air compressor, dynamic brakes and more.
There are up to 16 user-selectable horns, 2 user-selectable bells, and 2 user-selectable synchronized brake squeals.
Equipped with ESU’s Exclusive “Full Throttle” features for ultimate realism in prototype running.