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Athearn #G65142 GP7u w/DCC & Sound, BNSF #1359

Athearn #G65142  GP7u w/DCC & Sound, BNSF #1359
  • Manufacture: Model Train Specials
  • Category: Diesel Locomotive
  • Number: G65142
  • Scale: HO
  • Price: $246.99
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NEW FEATURES:
All-new LED lighting
Rubber MU hoses for durability
The effort continues to enhance Athearn Genesis models per customer requests and feedback. There has been a lot of activity behind the scenes; we’re excited to include new features often requested, to the GP7/9 and upcoming Genesis models.

BNSF FEATURES:
Former ATSF GP7Us with Topeka cabs, low noses, & modified side skirts
1600 gallon fuel tank
Sinclair antenna with ground plane
Both raised and lowered drop steps are included with model
Etched cab mirrors
Faded paint colors and patches matched to prototype photos
Front headlight with or without glare shield per prototype
After the merger, BNSF continued to use their remaining GP7U’s in branchline and secondary service. However, many years of service began to take their toll on the appearance of the units. They often exhibited faded coats of Santa Fe blue & yellow, various types of BNSF patch lettering, and replacement parts. #1356:

Leslie S-3LR horn on bracket
Nose vent
Prime air conditioner- painted orange to represent replacement part
Operating front ditch lights
BNSF patch on cab
#1359:
Nathan K3LA horn on angled bracket
Vapor air conditioner- painted orange to represent replacement part
Operating front ditch lights
BNSF patch on cab
#3825:
Leslie S-3LR horn on bracket
Vapor air conditioner
BNSF patch on nose

LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:
Front and rear MU catch boxes with footboard
Trainline and MU hoses
Coupler cut levers
Drop steps unless noted
MU stands
“Nub” style walkway tread
Bell placement & type per prototype
Fine-scale handrails for scale appearance
Wire grab irons
Lift rings
Windshield wipers
See through cab windows and full cab interior
Etched metal radiator intake grilles and fan grilles
Air tanks mounted below sill unless noted
Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
Blomberg-B trucks with appropriate bearing caps
Sander lines
Speed recorder unless noted
Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
Accurately-painted and printed paint schemes
Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
Bidirectional constant LED lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
Replacement parts available
Minimum radius: 18”
SOUND EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE:
Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
Excellent Slow speed control
Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
CV chart included
PRIMED FOR GRIME MODELS FEATURE:
Duplicated look and feel of “In Service” equipment; “Tattered and Torn” just like the real thing
Faded base colors matched to the prototype
Patches applied and shaped per road number matching each corresponding side to the prototype
Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust
PROTOTYPE INFO:
In 1949, EMD introduced the GP7. The basic design followed most diesel switchers with the addition of a short hood instead of an end-cab. The hoods were also full height to better accommodate the diesel engine and mechanical and electrical components.

In 1954 EMD upgraded the GP7 to become the 1,750 horsepower GP9. Externally, the first GP9s were virtually unchanged from the last GP7s. Later versions would include different louver arrangements and the last ones would come without the frame skirting. The GP9 was available with all of the fuel tank, steam generator, and dynamic brake options as the GP7, including “torpedo boats.”

Many railroads chose to rebuild their GP7s and GP9s for continued service. Often times, it was cheaper to do this rather than purchasing brand-new locomotives.

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