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N Scale - Bachmann - 51-0612-03 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 - Burlington Northern - 3101

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N Scale - Bachmann - 51-0612-03 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 - Burlington Northern - 3101


N Scale - Bachmann - 51-0612-03 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 - Burlington Northern - 3101


Brand Bachmann
Stock Number 51-0612-03
Original Retail Price $26.00
Manufacturer Bachmann
Body Style Bachmann Diesel Engine GP50
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP50 (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern (Details)
Reporting Marks BN
Road or Reporting Number 3101
Paint Color(s) Cascade Green w. Silver roof
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1987-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety GP50
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Non prototypical model. High-hood versions were only delivered to Southern. BN 3101 is a low hood GP50, with black roof.

Model Information: This is a 1980's vintage model and mechanism from Bachmann. It is a split frame design but has no lightboard at all. It uses an open-sided, skew-wound 3-pole motor It runs OK and has pickup from all 8 wheels but is a little noisy.
Except for the Southern model, the high-hood versions are non-prototypical.

First run released in 1987 (stock number 51-0612-xx).
Second run released a few years later in the 1990's (stock number 612xx). The gearing was changed from white plastic to black plastic.
It has been re-released again in the 2000's with knuckle couplers (same stock numbers as the second run).

DCC Information: DCC installation for this model is difficult.

Prototype History:
An EMD GP50 is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD). It is powered by a 16-cylinder EMD 645F3B diesel engine, which can produce between 3,500 and 3,600 hp (2,610 and 2,685 kW). 278 examples of this locomotive were built by EMD between 1980 and 1985. BN 3110-3162 were all delivered with five cab seats, the final five of these having the cab lengthened 23 in (584 mm) vs. the standard EMD cab. The GP50 retains the same overall length of 59 feet 2 inches (18.03 meters) as the EMD GP38, EMD GP38-2, EMD GP39, EMD GP39-2, EMD GP40 and EMD GP40-2.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2017-12-21 08:26:25. Last edited by gdm on 2018-05-25 12:55:06

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