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N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0577-2 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Santa Fe - 580

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N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0577-2 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Santa Fe - 580 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


N Scale - Hallmark Models - NS0577-2 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Santa Fe - 580 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


Brand Hallmark Models
Stock Number NS0577-2
Original Retail Price $342.86
Manufacturer Samhongsa
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Hallmark Diesel Engine Dash 8-40BW
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 580
Paint Color(s) Red, Silver, Yellow, Black
Print Color(s) Red, Yellow, Black
Paint Scheme Warbonnet
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Kit Material(s) Brass and Injection Molded Plastic
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1993-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety Dash 8-40BW
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Brass Shell.
Original Retail Price from 2001 catalog

Model Information: This brass model was introduced by Hallmark in 1993. Like most brass locomotive models, this engine lacks window-glazing and couplers. It does, fortunately, have pockets for easy installation of MTL couplers. All wheels are geared and provide pickup. The loco is driven by a can motor. All gears are metal. It has Directional lighting. Reported as not a very good runner and pretty noisy.

DCC Information: No provision for DCC whatsover

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 It replaced the Dash 7 Series in the mid-1980s, and was superseded by the Dash 9 Series in the mid-1990s.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:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Hallmark Models was the importing arm of Bobbye Hall's Hobby Shop of Dallas, Texas. When Bobbye Hall retired in her nineties, both the importing business and the shop closed down.

Manufacturer Information: Samhongsa was a Korean manufacturer of model trains, well know for its brass models, imported notably by Hallmark Models. The company ceased its activity in the early 2000s. Some of the employees continued the brass model business as Sam Model Tech..

Item created by: klausnahr on 2020-08-10 10:57:37. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-08-11 03:59:56

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