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N Scale - Atlas - 51839 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - GM Demonstrator - 001

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N Scale - Atlas - 51839 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - GM Demonstrator - 001 Image Courtesy of Atlas Model Railroad


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 51839
Original Retail Price $124.95
Manufacturer Atlas
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Atlas Diesel Engine Dash 8-40C(W)
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 (Details)
Road or Company Name GM Demonstrator (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 001
Additional Markings/Slogan Limited Edition Web M. Morse
Paint Color(s) Gray, Red, and Yellow
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Ready-to-Run No
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2012-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety Dash 8-40C
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: The Dash-8-32, Dash-8-40B, Dash-8-40BW, Dash-8-40C and Dash-8-40CW all share the same mechanism and only differ in the shell details. This series of models was introduced in 2002.

These models are excellent runners and feature the standard attributes of a modern Atlas Diesel: blackened metal low-profile wheels, a split frame, dual flywheels, accumate couplers, and LED lighting. I have run over 40 cars on a single Dash-8. I have a CSX model in my personal collection and frequently run it with long consists at NTRAK meets.

DCC Information: Available as DCC-Ready or DCC-equipped with a NCE N12A0 decoder.

Prototype History:
The Dash 8 Series is a line of diesel-electric freight locomotives built by GE Transportation Systems. It replaced the Dash 7 Series in the mid-1980s, and was superseded by the Dash 9 Series in the mid-1990s. All models of the Dash 8 Series are powered by a 16- or 12-cylinder, turbocharged, GE 7FDL 4-stroke diesel engine.

The design of the Dash 8 Series is based upon that of the Dash 7 Series. The biggest changes introduced during the production of the Dash 8 Series were the first use of a microprocessor-equipped engine control unit in a diesel locomotive, and the adoption of a modular system in the construction of the vehicle body. The Dash 8 locomotive bodies were assembled from several modules, creating a combination to fit the length of the chassis. On models with a traditional narrow short hood, the part of the equipment room immediately behind the cab is taller than the top of the rounded cab roof, giving those models a distinctive appearance. On all models, that part of the equipment room houses the cooling fans for the dynamic braking system. Traction motors of Dash 8 locomotives were powered by direct current.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
In 1924 Stephan Schaffan, Sr. founded the Atlas Tool Company in Newark, New Jersey. In 1933 his son, Stephan Schaffan, Jr., came to work for his father at the age of sixteen. Steve Jr. built model airplanes as a hobby and frequented a local hobby shop. Being an enterprising young man, he would often ask the owner if there was anything he could do to earn some extra spending money. Tired of listening to his requests, the hobby-store owner threw some model railroad track parts his way and said, "Here, see if you can improve on this".

In those days, railroad modelers had to assemble and build everything from scratch. Steve Jr. created a "switch kit" which sold so well, that the entire family worked on them in the basement at night, while doing business as usual in the machine shop during the day.

Subsequently, Steve Jr. engineered the stapling of rail to fiber track, along with inventing the first practical rail joiner and pre-assembled turnouts and flexible track. All of these products, and more, helped to popularize model railroading and assisted in the creation of a mass-market hobby. The budding entrepreneur quickly outgrew the limitations of a basement and small garage operation. Realizing they could actually make a living selling track and related products, Steve and his father had the first factory built in Hillside, New Jersey at 413 Florence Avenue in 1947. On September 30, 1949, the Atlas Tool Company was officially incorporated as a New Jersey company.

In 1985, Steve was honored posthumously for his inventions by the Model Railroad Industry Association and was inducted into the Model Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Steve was nominated and entered into the National Model Railroad Association Pioneers of Model Railroading in 1995.

In the early 1990s, the Atlas Tool Company changed its name to Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc.

Item created by: trainnut3500 on 2017-06-13 17:58:32. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-27 08:06:42

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