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Atlas N Scale CSX GP40-2 Diesel Locomotive

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[float=right]48648tq.jpg[/float]The Electro-Motive Division of General Motors introduced its GP40-2 diesel locomotive in 1972. The GP40-2 was equipped with a 645E3 prime mover delivering 3000 horsepower and featured a number of improvements over its predecessor, the stalwart GP40. The unit’s Dash 2 modular electronics package enabled it to establish a reputation for reliability. With its high horsepower per axle rating, the GP40-2 was well suited to powering high speed intermodal trains. It could be a bit slippery in low speed, heavy tonnage service.


861 standard GP40-2’s were built by the time production concluded in 1986. In addition, 3 GP40P-2’s were built for Southern Pacific and 279 wide cab equipped GP40-2W’s were delivered to GO Transit and Canadian National for a grand total of 1143 units of assorted GP40-2 variants. Many locomotives remain in active service as this review is written.


The Atlas N scale CSX GP40-2 is a splendid reproduction of its prototype. The well executed detail is generous in its application. From the railhead to the top of the fans, Atlas’ attention to accuracy has resulted in a model which looks superb. The unit is painted in the roads first paint scheme which featured CSX on the side of the hood and “Transportation” appearing in small letters between two stripes to the right of the carrier’s name. This scheme did not last long before CSX switched to another version. My Atlas GP40-2 carries road number 6344 which was the former Chessie System 4446 and one of the very first locomotives to receive a full application of CSX paint in 1986.


Featuring the new generation scale speed mechanism, directional lighting and AccuMate knuckle couplers, the Atlas GP40-2 is ready to haul your railroad’s hottest trains. Atlas’ catalog number of its CSX 6344 model is 48648. It is priced at $99.95 for the DCC ready unit and $129.95 for the DCC equipped version. The link to the photograph of the CSX GP40-2 on the Atlas website is as follows:




Happy railroading,



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