Railway Modeling News

Feb 15, 2016

Rapido Trains (HO)


New Announcement - Rebuilt VIA GMD F40PH-2D; CN GMD GMD-1A/B
Category: Product News

Overview

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  • "In 2010 VIA Rail Canada contracted CAD Railway Industries in Lachine, Quebec, to rebuild its F40 locomotive fleet. This involved removal of the HEP (Head End Power) alternator and installation of a separate HEP generator in the rear of the locomotive. At the same time the locomotive was given VIA’s green, grey and yellow Renaissance paint scheme first seen on the P42DC locomotives in 2001. By the end of 2012 all 52 F40PH-2D locomotives had been rebuilt. In 2013 the Government of Canada issued a new polymer $10 banknote featuring “The Canadian” passenger train on the verso (back). The locomotive was number 6403 and the VIA logo was replaced by the Canada wordmark. We’re offering a special limited run of the $10 bill version of 6403, complete with the Canada wordmark. As an added bonus, 50 of the locomotives will have a crisp, uncirculated $10 bill (protected in a plastic sleeve) hidden in the box. One locomotive will include a collection of ten uncirculated $10 bills in numerical sequence! And we’ll be sealing the boxes so you won’t be able to check in the store before you buy it!"
  • "There are three different versions of GMD-1 locomotives with stripes. And of course, we’re doing all three. In 1988, CN began a comprehensive rebuild program of 15 of its 1000-series, six-axle GMD-1 locomotives to provide the remaining prairie branchlines with reliable, lightweight power. The rebuilds were performed by CN’s Pointe-St-Charles shops in Montreal and included: upgraded 645C power assembly; anticlimbers; ditch light brackets; straight exhaust stacks; upgraded sanding; improved traction motors; and Wabco 26L brakes. Most importantly, the units received a john in the short hood! The batteries were moved to the sides of the cab. To make switching easier, the units were oriented short-hood forward. These locomotives were classified GMD-1A, or GR-612a. They operated primarily in the Prairies until their next rebuild between 1998 and 2000. More on those below. Our model features operating ditch lights on the short hood end."
  • "CN followed the 1600-series rebuilds in 1988 with the 1400-series rebuilds in 1989. The main difference between the 1400s and the 1600s were the fuel tanks and trucks. With the closure or selloff of most of CN’s lightweight branchlines, there was less need for six-axle units with their reduced pulling power. The GMD-1B received a larger, 2000 gallon fuel tank and the four-wheel Flexicoil trucks taken (in most cases) from retired GP9s. The 1400s operate long-hood forward, and our model features operating ditch lights on the long hood end."
  • "The purge of lightweight branchlines continued through the 1990s and CN decided to rebuild the 1600s… again. They received four-wheel Flexicoil trucks from retired 1100-series GMD-1s. Many of these locomotives are still operational today. Our 1430-1444 models feature working ditch lights on BOTH ends. We are currently arranging to record a 1400-series GMD-1 with its upgraded power assembly, just for that extra bit of authenticity."
  • Note that the latest Rapido News also announces several new US projects. Our discount on these items is also 10 - 20%, depending on the dealer discount given. Please email your order for these.

GMD F40PH-2D, Rebuilt, "Renaissance" Scheme

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GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6401, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6417, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6428, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6431, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6437, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6439, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6442, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6448, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6453, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6454, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6403, "Renaissance"/$10 bill

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, undecorated

DC/DCC/Sound

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6401, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6417, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6428, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6431, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6437, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6439, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6442, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6448, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6453, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6454, "Renaissance" scheme

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, VIA #6403, "Renaissance"/$10 bill

GMD F40PH-2D, rebuilt, undecorated


GMD GMD-1A, Canadian National, Red/Black, Stripes, 1600-Series

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GMD GMD-1A, CN #1600, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1601, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1602, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1607, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1610, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1613, black/red, stripes

DC/DCC/Sound

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1600, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1601, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1602, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1607, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1610, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1613, black/red, stripes


GMD GMD-1B, Canadian National, Red/Black, Stripes, 1400-Series

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GMD GMD-1B, CN #1400, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1402, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1409, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1412, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1416, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1423, black/red, stripes

DC/DCC/Sound

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1400, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1402, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1409, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1412, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1416, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1B, CN #1423, black/red, stripes


GMD GMD-1A, Canadian National, Red/Black, Stripes, 1430-1444-Series

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GMD GMD-1A, CN #1434, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1435, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1437, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1439, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1440, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1444, black/red, stripes

DC/DCC/Sound

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1434, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1435, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1437, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1439, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1440, black/red, stripes

GMD GMD-1A, CN #1444, black/red, stripes


Ordering

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You may order by 'phone, email or online. As usual, if requested, there will be 3% discount for e-transfer, cheque, money order or cash.


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