Rapido Trains HO Scale: Modern GMD-1A - DCC & Sound - 1600 Series - 6 Axle - Canadian National
In 1988, CN began a comprehensive rebuild program of 15 of its 1000-series, six-axle GMD-1 locomotives to provide the remaining prairie branchlines with reliable, lightweight power. The rebuilds were performed by CN’s Pointe-St-Charles shops in Montreal and included: upgraded 645C power assembly; anticlimbers; ditch light brackets; straight exhaust stacks; upgraded sanding; improved traction motors; and Wabco 26L brakes. Most importantly, the units received a john in the short hood! The batteries were moved to the sides of the cab. To make switching easier, the units were oriented short-hood forward.
These locomotives were classified GMD-1A, or GR-612a. They operated primarily in the Prairies until their next rebuild between 1998 and 2000. More on those below.
Our model features operating ditch lights on the short hood end.