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Chicago & North Western GP50 # 5066 w/DCC & Sound 1
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Product Manufacturer: Athearn
Manufacturer Model: ATHG40639
Store Item Number: ATHG40639
Quantity In Stock: 1
Chicago & North Western GP50 # 5066 w/DCC & Sound
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Chicago & Northwestern GP50 Phase 1 # 5066 w/DCC & Sound

  • Key Features
  • Gong bell
  • Front snowplow
  • Phase I anticlimbers
  • Leslie S-3 horn
  • Fore and aft mirrors/windwings
  • Sinclair “ice skate” antenna
  • Operating Western-Cullen rotary beacon when used with DCC
  • Phase I blower housing
  • Winterization hatch
  • Bolted battery box door with long louvers
  • Standard sunshades with track
  • “Stepped” side sill
  • Fully assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
  • Accurately painted and printed
  • DCC-ready featuring Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector
  • Highly detailed, injection molded plastic body
  • Pilot details including Multi unit (MU) and Trainline hoses
  • Blomberg M trucks
  • Sliding cab side windows
  • See-through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Fine Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • See-through radiator fans
  • See-through dynamic brake fans where appropriate
  • Numerous photo-etched metal parts for scale realism including windshield wipers and lift rings
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • Underframe details including sander lines and air filter
  • Detailed 3600-gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes
  • McHenry® operating scale knuckle couplers, Kadee® compatible
  • Genesis® driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor with precision machined flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation
  • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
  • Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • 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 Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx® Tsunami ® Sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC (some functions limited in DC)
  • Engine, horn and bell sounds work in DC
  • Using DCC, program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell and lights
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Special lighting effects including operating beacons when using DCC
  • Many DCC functions can be altered via Configuration Values (CV) utilizing the included chart
  • Detailed Information
  • Overview
  • In 1980, EMD released the GP50, one of the final models using the 645-model diesel engine. The GP50 used the new 16-cylinder 645F-series engine producing 3500 horsepower through the new AR-15 alternator. The AC electrical current from the alternator was rectified to DC current to power the four new D87 traction motors.
  • The first GP50s were fifty units built for Chicago & NorthWestern starting in May 1980. Seventy units for Southern, ten units for Missouri Pacific and ten units for Burlington Northern completed the first year’s production. Twenty more GP50s for Southern, an additional twenty for Missouri Pacific and thirty for Santa Fe were built in 1981.
  • In 1985, fifteen units went to the Santa Fe and 53 to Burlington Northern. These were Phase II versions with straight-sill frame and free-flow or “laundry chute” traction motor blower bulge. They were the last GP50s built, bringing the production total to 278 units.
  • Until the early 1990s, the GP50s on all five railroads could be found on almost any kind of mainline train and were mixed with that road’s other power. However, GP50s were often assigned in three or four unit sets to hotshot piggyback trains. Santa Fe and Southern also had GP50s equipped as masters for remote-control operations (distributed power in today’s terms). Santa Fe used theirs on coal trains out of New Mexico, while Southern used theirs on manifest trains on the CNO&TP between Cincinnati, Ohio and Chattanooga, Tennessee. In later years the GP50s migrated to general service including locals.

Product Condition: New

Product Type: Model Train → Locomotive → Diesel Locomotive → EMD (Electro-Motive Division) → GP50

Scale: HO
Reporting Marks: C&NW 5066
Chicago & North Western
Chicago & North Western
Product Line:
Athearn: Genesis
Athearn: Genesis
Assembly: fully assembled

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 July, 2013.


Product Notes:
1. This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is limited to the quantity on hand.

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