Rapido 28809 HO EMD E8A w/HEP (DC/DCC/Sound): Conrail: #4022

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Scale HO
Number 28809
Manufacturer Rapido

Rapido once again breaks new ground by announcing a first in plastic! Behold the HEP-equipped E-unit, used predominately in commuter and inter-city services.

Perhaps the most famous owner was the BN, with a fleet of 25 Morrison-Knudsen rebuilt E-9As for “suburban” service. Notable upgrades included; new 645EC prime movers pushing the horsepower output to 2400, Detroit Diesel HEP generators and the addition of dynamic brakes. The fleet would remain in service until the early ‘90s. Amtrak also owned five HEP-equipped E-units for inter-city services, which were overhauled by Penn Central at their Juniata Shops. These mainly operated in the Northeast/New England area, but could occasionally be seen in other areas. It was not uncommon to see them hauling the brand new Amfleet cars by, either solo or teamed up with an F40PH. 497 would later be sold to Metro North, while 498 and 499 would become part of the Conrail OCS fleet.

Conrail was well known for their iconic blue locomotives, “can opener” logo and hot intermodal services. But perhaps the most elusive and best-dressed operation they ran was their Office Car Specials, complete with a trio of Pullman green E-units.

Numbered 4020 through 4022, these were the backbone of many OCS trips, right on up till the final day in 1999. The 4020 and 4021 were equipped with HEP, while the 4022 retained its steam boiler. Other spotting features included: porthole removal, lack of skirting, mini anti-climbers, dynamic brakes (sans the 4022) and cab mounted Leslie RS3L air horn. Despite lacking a HEP generator, the 4022 did carry HEP pass-through receptacles, making it capable of trailing or leading.

The Rapido Trains HO scale Conrail OCS E-unit locomotive features:

  • HEP muffler for 4020-4021 and steam generator details for 4022
  • Dynamic brake options where appropriate
  • Sealed, twin-beam headlight configuration
  • Modified pilots
  • Correct side grilles
  • Rebuilt blanked sides (portholes removed) in two variations
  • Non-skirted fuel tanks
  • Three chime RS3L and Hancock air whistle air horns included
  • Hyatt roller bearing journal covers
  • Heavy die-cast chassis
  • Smooth running drive system with all wheels powered
  • Accurate E8 sounds provided by ESU LokSound
  • Complete lighting effects – headlights, class lights, backup lights, ground lights, cab lights, Stratolite or beacons and more. *Not all lighting features will work in DC mode.
  • Optional user-installed ditch lights.
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Item # 28809
Preorder Yes
Scale HO
Roadnumber May Vary No
Trains Diesel Locomotives
Engine Style E8 - E9
Engine Electronics DCC And Sound
Road Name Conrail