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Rapido Trains Inc HO 18569 GE B36-7 with DCC/ESU LokSound Southern Pacific SP #7759

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Rapido Trains Inc HO 18569 GE B36-7 with DCC/ESU LokSound Southern Pacific SP #7759

The four-axle GE B36-7 was a high-horsepower speed racer built to appeal to railroads in the early 1980s looking to turbocharge their growing intermodal business. There were few drag freights or slow-moving manifests for these thoroughbreds in their early years. They could be found in multiples at the head of piggyback and autorack services and the new double-stack container trains.

Replacing the U36B in the GE catalogue, the first prototypes were built at Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1980 for the Cotton Belt and by the last year of production in 1985 some 222 locomotives had been constructed for US railroads with a further eight for export.

The design found customers in several of the larger Class 1s of the period: Santa Fe, Conrail, Seaboard System, Southern and Southern Pacific. With the mergers of the mid-1980s and the Conrail split of 1999 the bulk of the fleet ended up with CSX and Norfolk Southern. Circa 2000 the CSX roster was overflowing with B36-7s, with around 140 former Conrail and Seaboard units operating all over the eastern half of the US. The ex-Seaboard fleet was officially retired towards the end of 2009, but examples were still working into 2011.

The turbocharged 16-cylinder 7FDL prime mover rated at 3,600hp with later examples could create up to 3,750hp and upgraded alternator and traction motors proved to be a reliable combination.

Rapido HO B36-7 features:

  • Exquisite underframe detail including piping, numerous separately applied parts and full cab interior
  • Dead straight metal side handrails with plastic stanchions
  • A crazy level of road-specific detail options, with different pilots, anticlimbers, plows, fuel tanks, air dryers, antennas, wind deflectors, headlight locations, air-conditioning units, different bodies, multiple nose and rear end styles, three versions of drop step and so on...
  • With or without class lights, as appropriate
  • Conrail locomotives come with their unique ‘red bug eye’ marker lights
  • Equipped with ditch lights - on front and/or rear - as appropriate
  • ATSF and Southern Pacific locomotives have Stratolite beacons
  • Three styles of operating, flashing ditch lights, front & rear, as appropriate
  • Working headlights in correct location, switchable number boards at both ends and cab interior headlight
  • Accurate sounds recorded from an actual Minnesota Commercial B36-7 under load
  • Rapido's proven 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth drive
  • Metal Knuckle Couplers
  • All units come equipped with DCC/ESU LokSound - NO DC option was manufactured

**Lombard Hobbies Recommendation - As modelers ourselves we highly recommend ONLY running DCC on DCC systems and DC on DC systems, regardless of 'Dual-Mode' capability. This gives optimum performance and safeguards the unit from possible damage from running on a different system than originally intended and from any inexperienced operator errors. 

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