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N Scale - Atlas - 40 000 496 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Arizona Eastern - 4003

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N Scale - Atlas - 40 000 496 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Arizona Eastern - 4003


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 40 000 496
Original Retail Price $169.95
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Diesel Engine Dash 8-40B(W)
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 (Details)
Road or Company Name Arizona Eastern (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 4003
Paint Color(s) Orange, Yellow and Black
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder
Release Date 2014-10-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety Dash 8-40B
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.

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 It replaced the Dash 7 Series in the mid-1980s, and was superseded by the Dash 9 Series in the mid-1990s.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

Road Name History:
This 265 mile line in southwestern Arizona and western New Mexico is shaped like a backward J. It runs from Miami, Arizona southeast to Bowie on the UP Sunset Route, then east on trackage rights on the Sunset Route to Lordsburg, New Mexico. The AZER then turns northwest to Clifton, Arizona. They primarily serve the copper industry but agricultural products and lumber loads are also common. Some important AZER dates:
  • 1988: Southern Pacific spins off the Miami line to the Kyle Railways shortline group who establishes Arizona Eastern.
  • 1995: Kyle is sold to StatesRail.
  • 2001: RailAmerica buys StatesRail.
  • 2004: RailAmerica sells Arizona Eastern to the Permian Basin Railways shortline group.
  • 2006: Arizona Eastern builds a 10 mile branch to serve the Safford Mine.
  • 2008: Arizona Eastern leases the Clifton line (also formerly SP) from UP. The deal includes the trackage rights on the Sunset Route. Seasonal tourist train service begins over a portion of the line.
  • 2011: Iowa Pacific Holdings (Permian Basin's parent) sells Arizona Eastern to... let’s all say it together: the Genesee & Wyoming shortline group.

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: gdm on 2017-04-25 08:35:38. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-02 12:05:16

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