K2422-4318   D&H GP39-2 Diesel Engine w/Rail Sounds® Delaware & Hudson
    $379.95 ea.    
K2422-4318


So detailed, you'll think it's the real thing. So affordable, you'll want to run it every day. This lengthy list of engine features speaks for itself to describe these amazingly realistic and detailed O Scale GP39-2 Diesel Units. Outstanding features include dual, vertical drive motors equipped with brass flywheels, motor driven rotating fans, and Rail Sounds digital sound.

The real GP39-2 Diesel No. 4318, owned by CSX Transportation, is a mutt of the modern age of railroading where mergers and bankruptcies determined the engine's identity. The history of this particular engine spans several railroads, number changes and paint schemes.

The GP39-2 Diesel, that would eventually become CSX No. 4318, began service on the Reading in 1974 as Engine No. 3418. The engine was one of the very last pieces of motive power purchased by the Reading Company before its bankruptcy and subsequent consolidation into Conrail. After serving only 15 months under the Reading herald, the diesel was assigned to the Delaware & Hudson by the United States Railway Association. Once at the Delaware & Hudson, the GP39-2 was assigned the number 7418. It was repainted from Reading's solid green paint scheme to the D&H grey and blue lightning stripe scheme. The Reading herald on the engine hood and cab were replaced with D&H’s unique shield.

Over a decade later in 1988, the owners of the Delaware & Hudson declared the railroad bankrupt. As one of the assigned interim operators, CSX Transportation funded the remanufacture of several engines, including No. 7418. The remanufacturer included mostly state-of-the-art internal changes and a repainting in the popular gray lightning stripe paint. In June of 1990, Engine No. 7418 went back to work. A short six months later on Jan. 18, 1991 CP Rail purchased the D&H, however CP Rail didn't want the GP39-2 engines and traded them to CSX as payment for the financing of the seven engines that were rebuilt. Under CSX the GP39-2 kept the gray and blue D&H paint but was once again renumbered, this time as Engine No. 4318. Although the engine kept its gray and blue D&H paint scheme, the D&H shields on the cab sides were replaced with the No. 4318 engine number along with CSX reporting marks underneath in a smaller size.

As a part of the CSX System presently, this locomotive is able to travel the entire Eastern Seaboard. It is truly an engine with a great past of serving many lives and proudly carrying the various colorful paint schemes. With the continuous growth of CSX, this locomotive is sure to promise a few more surprises in the future.

During the Desert Storm War in 1991, CSX began adding United States flags to the cabs of their engines to honor the US troops, and especially CSX employees that were part of the military reserves.



Catalog: 1999 2nd Edition
Release Date: SOLD OUT

Engine Features
  •   15 1/2 inches long
  •   O Scale (1:48)
  •   Dual Vertical Motors with Flywheels
  •   Motor Driven Rotating Fans
  •   All Metal Operating Couplers
  •   Die Cast Trucks
  •   Accurately detailed trucks
  •   Metal Chassis, Grab Rails & Platform Railings
  •   Die Cast Fuel Tank, Steps & Pilot
  •   Fold-Down Drop Step at Both Ends
  •   Directional Headlights
  •   Illuminated Number Boards
  •   Operating Marker Lights
  •   Sliding Windows
  •   Interior Cab Detail
  •   Engineer Figure
  •   Stainless-Steel Metal Screens
  •   Adjustable Side Vents
  •   Two Brass Horns
  •   Brass Radio Antenna
  •   Lift Rings


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