New Athearn Gp40x

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Russ Bellinis, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I stopped by my local hobby shop today, and they had the new Athearn gp40x's in stock. I bought one, and I can't believe the detail. It is Athearn r-t-r line, but it has detail like a Genesis model. We ran it on their test oval, and it runs so smooth and slow that I couldn't believe it. All in all the locomotive is awsome!
  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Sweet, and good to know,

    What roadname did you get it in?
  3. Me Too

    My last couple of loco's have been Athearn, and I am very well pleased with them, I think they have decided to stay in the game, they would have to build better product, even if they have to raise their prices a little, in my opinion, their products have gotten quite realistic with detail, and to my thinking, they run as well as my Kato's. Thank's for the heads up, and Enjoy my friend.:)
  4. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    That GP40X sure is a sweet engine...

    Now if a third-party detail part maker like Details West will come out with the HT-B truck sideframes that would be real cool.. (UP and SP's GP40Xes have the experimental HT-B trucks rather than the Blombergs).

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  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Athearn bought Railpower Products before they sold out to Horizon. Railpower did the HT-B side frame. At this time all they are offering is Santa Fe, Southern high hood, & St. Lawrence & Atlantic. If the St Lawrence & Atlantic is correct, and since BNSF still has all of the Santa Fe gp40x's, I would presume that the St Lawrence & Atlantic are exU.P. engines. I would expect a subsequent run of gp40x in S.P. with the correct trucks.
  6. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I seem to recall that the StL&A engines are actually ex-Southern/NS with the noses chopped. They don't have HT-Bs.
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    You are probably correct, I had never heard of the St Lawrence & Atlantic until I saw the Athearn models. Did the U.P. engines have the HT-Bs? I thought it was just S.P. that had those trucks.
  8. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    The Southern High hood gp40x's are awesomely detailed!!!! But I opted for the sd38 NS, and the detail is great!
  9. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Yes, UP did use HT-Bs. SP GP40Xs didn't just have HT-B trucks - they had "elephant ears" for the first couple years.

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