N Scale: GE Dash 8-40CM - DCC Ready - CN 'Website Logo'

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Rapido Trains N Scale: GE Dash 8-40CM - DCC Ready - CN 'Website Logo'

The Rapido Trains N Scale GE Dash 8-40CM features prototypically accurate details including body type with correct class detailing, roadname-specific detailing, roadname-specific body style, etched-metal grilles and details, full underbody details, full cab interior, directional headlights and working ditch and rock lights. The smooth-running drive features a smooth coreless motor with dual flywheels and the model comes equipped with magnetic knuckle couplers. This model is DCC ready and equipped with a Next18 decoder interface for easy conversion.

The Rapido Dash 8-40CM sets new standards for Canadian specific N scale locomotives, and features numerous separate parts and road specific details to accurately represent all variations of this classic design. The model comes with working headlights and accurate single or double rear lights, as well as factory installed operational ditch lights (and rock lights on the British Columbia units).

The N Scale Dash 8-40CM model features:

  • Accurately scaled from prototype blueprints - completely designed from new

  • Roadname-specific details including bell position, single or double rear headlights, with or without battery boxes behind cab, horns, tall or short sand fillers, CN or BCOL style ditch lights and more!

  • An insane level of underbody detail with air filters, many separate pipes and moulded traction motor cabling and air/control pipe runs.

  • Heavy, die-cast chassis with a powerful coreless motor and dual flywheels

  • Operational headlights and real lights with operational factory-installed ditch lights (plus rock lights on BCOL locomotives)

  • Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory

  • DC/Silent (Next18 DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (ESU LokSound) options

  • Accurate sounds recorded from a real General Electric Dash 8-40CM

  • Factory-installed couplers mounted at the correct height

  • The prototype Dash 8-40CM (also known as the C40-8M) was introduced in 1990 with an order of 30 units for Canadian National (2400-2429), classified EF-640a. This was followed by a further 25 units (2430-2454) in 1992, classified EF-640b.

  • Powered by a V16 FDL 4000-horsepower prime mover, the main features of this distinctive design are the four-window North American cab, the cowl-style body and the famous "Draper Taper" cutout behind the cabs (designed by CN's Assistant Chief of Motive Power, William L. Draper to provide better reverse visibility on full-width cowl units). These great-looking locomotives always turn railfan heads!

  • BC Rail received 22 units (4601-4622) in 1990, followed by four more (4623-26) in 1993. These were transferred to CN following the purchase of BCOL in 2004. The final units were for QNSL, which acquired three locomotives (401-403) in March 1994.

  • Amazingly, in early 2018 all 81 CN and BC Rail Dash 8s were still in service. Many are still in their original paint schemes but several have been repainted into the newer CN.CA livery.

  • Although considered a Canada-only locomotive, make regular visits to Chicago via CN's Grand Trunk Western route through Michigan and Indiana in the mid-1990s and sometimes further afield as run-through power. However, it was CN's purchase of the Illinois Central in 1998 that really expanded their range of use and it became common to see Dash 8-40CMs as far south as the Gulf Coast and all points in between, on and off CN/IC track. CN's units were joined on their foreign adventures by BC Rail's units from 2004.

  • If you operate modern CN consists you'll find Dash 8-40CMs in all kinds of service working coupler to coupler with every other class of CN, IC and GTW power as well as on connecting railroads.

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