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Introduced in 1984, the C39-8 maintained the clean contours of the long hood and rounded cab roof of the Dash-7 series but featured larger, angular radiator “wings” at the rear of the carbody, an angular low short hood, and a boxy dynamic brake and clean air compartment at the front of the long hood, which jutted above the cab roofline.
Even though Conrail and Norfolk Southern were the only two railroads to purchase C39-8 locomotives from GE, both railroads routinely operated C39-8s as run-through power on CSX, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific. In fact, SP leased Conrail C39-8s in the early 1990s.
Road number: 8577
◾Series: NS 8564-8613
◾Era: Early 90s
◾“NS Style” NS logos and lettering
◾Phase II carbody with brakewheel and early radiator exhaust grilles (6-panel)
◾Blanked class lights
◾Separately applied details include brake cylinders, air piping, and handbrake chain
◾Hyatt axle bearing caps
◾Drop steps, front and rear
◾Small snowplows, front and rear
◾Motorola ASP-16 “Firecracker” cab roof antennas (Comm. and EOT)
◾Nathan P135R24 horn mounted on engine compartment roof
◾Exhaust silencer with extension
◾Etched metal see-through high-capacity (3-vent) dynamic brake intake grilles with blower motors visible inside
◾24 individually applied etched metal see-through radiator intake and exhaust grilles on sides and top of radiator compartment
◾Directional LED headlights
◾Printed LED lighted number boards
◾GE “nub” tread plate on walkways Highly-detailed 4,400 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers and gauges Air reservoirs with separate plumbing See-through stepwell steps See-through dynamic brake exhaust Accurately profiled frame with separately applied plumbing and cabling Detailed cab interior with separate floor, rear wall, seats, and control stand
◾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.
◾Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with ScaleTrains.com durable metal semi-scale E Type knuckle couplers
◾All-wheel electrical pick-up
◾Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature
◾Printing and lettering legible under magnification
◾Operates on Code 70, 83, and 100 rail
◾Packaging safely stores model
◾Minimum Radius: 18”
◾Recommended Radius: 22”
This DCC & sound equipped locomotive also features:
◾ESU-LokSound 4.0 decoder with “Full Throttle” features
◾Dual cube-type speakers
◾Accurate FDL-16 prime mover and auxiliary sounds, horn, bell, and more
◾Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
◾Operating class or marker lights, per prototype
◾Alternating ditch lights, per prototype
◾ESU-designed Power Pack for continuous operation on dirty track for up to 4 seconds
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