HO Scale: Rivet Counter - GE C39-8 - DCC & Sound - Norfolk Southern


SKU Road Number Price Qty
SXT31212 8570 $ 259.99 Sold Out
SXT31214 8585 $ 259.99 Sold Out
SXT31216 8592 $ 259.99 Sold Out
SXT31218 8608 $ 259.99 Sold Out
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Scale Trains HO Scale: Rivet Counter - GE C39-8 - DCC & Sound - Norfolk Southern


Introduced in 1984, the C39-8 maintained the clean contours of the long hood and rounded cab roof of the Dash-7 series but featured larger, angular radiator “wings” at the rear of the carbody, an angular low short hood, and a boxy dynamic brake and clean air compartment at the front of the long hood, which jutted above the cab roofline.

Even though Conrail and Norfolk Southern were the only two railroads to purchase C39-8 locomotives from GE, both railroads routinely operated C39-8s as run-through power on CSX, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific. In fact, SP leased Conrail C39-8s in the early 1990s.

The only two C39-8 locomotives in operation today are owned by the Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad. We would like to thank the PN for their role in developing this one-of-a-kind locomotive.

Road number Specific Details


Road numbers (2nd Run): 8570, 8585, 8592, and 8608

  • Series: NS 8564-8613
  • Era: 1990s-2000s
8570 and 8592
  • Nose logo has vertical cutouts in striping above
  • White retrofitted nose vertical grab irons
    • White retrofitted nose vertical grab irons
      • Yellow retrofitted nose vertical grab irons
        • Operating deck-mount ditch lights, front and rear; lights alternate when horn is blown, per prototype
        • Phase II carbody with brakewheel large single panel radiator grilles
        •  “NS Style” NS logos and lettering (repaints)
        • Blanked nose headlight mount
        • Blanked front and rear class lights
        • Large front anticlimber
        • 24 individually applied etched metal see-through radiator intake and exhaust grilles on sides and top of radiator compartment
        • GSC trucks with rotating axle bearing caps and separately applied details including brake cylinders, air piping, and handbrake chain
        All Norfolk Southern road numbers also include
        • Front and rear drop steps
        • Sunshades
        • Motorola ASP-16 “Firecracker” cab roof antennas (Comm. and EOT)
        • Nathan P135R24 horn mounted on engine compartment roof
        • Exhaust silencer with extension
        • Etched metal see-through high-capacity (3-vent) dynamic brake intake grilles with blower motors visible inside


        • Fully assembled
        • Up to six (6) road numbers, detailed per prototype and era
        • Directional LED headlights
        • Printed LED lighted number boards
        • Carbodies with correct panels and grilles per variant
          • Phase Ib - Cab with rounded-corner doors, no embossed X-panels on the hood end or nose sides, stand-off radiator grills, and vertical grab iron strips on the long hood end
          • Phase II - Cab with rounded-corner doors, embossed X-panels on the hood end and nose sides, stand-off radiator grills, and no vertical grab iron strips on the long hood end
          • Phase III - Cab with square-corner doors, embossed X-panels on the hood end and nose sides, flush radiator grills with an additional small vertical screen, and no vertical grab iron strips on the long hood end
        • Standard (2-vent) or high-capacity (3-vent) dynamic brakes per prototype
        • Early (6-panel) or late (4-panel) radiator exhaust grilles
        • Ratchet or wheel handbrakes
        • Adirondack or GSC (or mix of both!) truck sideframes per prototype
        • GE “nub” tread plate on walkways
        • Highly-detailed 4,400 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers and gauges
        • Air reservoirs with separate plumbing
        • See-through stepwell steps
        • See-through dynamic brake exhaust
        • Accurately profiled frame with separately applied plumbing and cabling
        • Detailed cab interior with separate floor, rear wall, seats, and control stand
        • Factory-applied wire grab irons, snowplow, spare knuckles, trainline hoses, 3-hose MU clusters, MU cables, uncoupling levers, windshield wipers, mirrors, air reservoirs, underframe bell, brake wheel, and more.
        • Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with ScaleTrains.com durable metal semi-scale E Type knuckle couplers
        • All-wheel drive
        • All-wheel electrical pick-up
        • Dual flywheels
        • Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature
        • Printing and lettering legible under magnification
        • Operates on Code 70, 83, and 100 rail
        • Packaging safely stores model
        • Minimum Radius: 18”
        • Recommended Radius: 22”

        DCC & sound equipped locomotives also feature:

        • ESU-LokSound 4.0 decoder with “Full Throttle” features
        • Dual cube-type speakers
        • Accurate FDL-16 prime mover and auxiliary sounds, horn, bell, and more
        • Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
        • Operating class or marker lights, per prototype
        • Alternating ditch lights, per prototype
        • ESU-designed Power Pack for continuous operation on dirty track for up to 4 seconds

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