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N Scale - - SXT31135 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE C39-8 - Conrail - 6012

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Production Type Announced
Stock Number SXT31135
Original Retail Price $134.99
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Diesel GE C39-8
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, GE C39-8 (Details)
Road or Company Name Conrail (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 6012
Paint Color(s) Blue and White
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Type E Semi-Scale Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2018-06-22
Release Date 2018-10-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety C39-8
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era V: Modern Diesel (1979 - Present)
Years Produced 1984–1987
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Series: Conrail 6000-6021
  • Era: Early to Mid-1990s
  • As-delivered “skinny” cab numbers
  • Retrofitted “inverted-L” nose grab irons, and large vertical grab iron on right side long hood end
  • Phase III carbody with brakewheel, and early radiator exhaust grilles (6-panel)
  • GSC trucks
  • Separately applied details include brake cylinders, air piping, and handbrake chain
  • Small plow mounted on the front pilot
  • Large front anticlimber
  • Large and small Sinclair “Excalibur” cab roof antennas (Comm. and EOT)
  • Leslie RSL-3R horn mounted on offset pedestal on engine compartment
  • “Bathtub” exhaust silencer

Model Information: Features:
  • Directional LED headlights
  • Printed LED lighted number boards
  • Phase Ib, II, and III carbodies with correct panels and grilles per variant
  • Standard (2-vent) or high-capacity (3-vent) dynamic brakes per prototype
  • Early (6-panel) or late (4-panel) radiator exhaust grilles
  • Wheel handbrakes
  • GSC truck sideframes
  • GE “nub” tread plate on walkways
  • Highly-detailed 4,400 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers and gauges
  • Air reservoirs with separate plumbing
  • Accurately profiled frame with separately applied plumbing and cabling
  • Cab interior
  • 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.
  • Body mounted plastic semi-scale E Type knuckle coupler 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 55, and 80 rail
  • Packaging safely stores model
  • Minimum Radius: 9 ¾”
  • Recommended Radius: 11”
Here is what say about this model:

DCC Information: Available either DCC-ready (Next18 (NEM 662) interface) or factory-equipped with ESU LokSound.
DCC & sound equipped locomotives feature:
- ESU-LokSound Next18 Select Micro DCC and sound decoder with “Full Throttle”
- “Sugar cube” type speaker
- Accurate GE V16 7FDL-16 prime mover and auxiliary sounds, horn, bell, and more
- Operates on both DC and DCC layouts

Prototype History:
The GE C39-8 is a six-axle, 3,900hp diesel locomotive built from 1984 to 1987 with a total of 161 (including a coal-powered prototype) built. The C39-8 (originally, yet unofficially designated as the "C39-S7") was the first type of six-axle diesel locomotive produced by GE since the C30-7 and C36-7 diesel locomotives from GE's "Dash 7" line.

Conrail and Norfolk Southern were the only two railroads who originally ordered the model. CSX later inherited from a small fleet of former Conrail units. All of the surviving C39-8 units currently remain in service on various shortline, leasing, and rebuilding companies, most notably NREX and the Pennsylvania Northeastern shortline (subsidiary of the New Hope And Ivyland Railroad), as well as on South American railroads.

The GE C39-8 was essentially the six-axle equivalent of the four-axle, B39-8. Both featured nearly identical, updated carbody. Perhaps the most noticeable exterior difference with the model (and all "Dash 8s") was the roughly 10-foot "bulge" directly behind the cab that gave the roof-line a very irregular shape. This new featured simply housed the dynamic brakes with the radiators located in the rear of the carbody.

Read more on:
- Wikipedia
- Trains And Locomotives Wiki
- Locomotives Wiki

Road Name History:
The Consolidated Rail Corporation, commonly known as Conrail (reporting mark CR), was the primary Class I railroad in the Northeast U.S. between 1976 and 1999. Conrail is a portmanteau of "consolidated" and "rail" from the name of the company.

The U.S. federal government created Conrail to take over the potentially profitable lines of multiple bankrupt carriers, including the Penn Central Transportation Company and Erie Lackawanna Railway. With the benefit of industry-wide regulatory requirements being reduced (via the 4R Act and the Staggers Act), Conrail began to turn a profit in the 1980s and was turned over to private investors in 1987. The two remaining Class I railroads in the East, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), agreed in 1997 to split the system approximately equally, returning rail freight competition to the Northeast by essentially undoing the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad that created Penn Central. Following Surface Transportation Board approval, CSX and NS took control in August 1998, and on June 1, 1999, began operating their portions of Conrail.

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Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-07-01 05:26:38. Last edited by CNW400 on 2020-07-20 13:21:57

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