N Scale GMD-1 (CN 1400 series)

N Scale GMD-1 (CN 1400 series)

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Rapido has focused more on the “transition eras” of the 1950s and the 1970s in our model releases, and the contemporary modellers have been bugging us for more modern stuff. So we are pleased to announce the 1400-series GMD-1 locomotives in N scale.

The fact that the GMD-1 is still widely used across Canada despite major fleet rationalizations over the last ten years is a testament to its resilience and reliability. In 1988, CN began a rebuild program on its GMD-1 fleet. The 1600s – locomotive class GR-612a or GMD-1A – retained their three-axle trucks and small fuel tank and were used on branchlines. The 1400s – locomotive class GR-412a or GMD-1B – were used on mainlines and in yards. These had two-axle Flexicoil trucks recovered from retired lightweight GP9s.

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Photo courtesy Ken Goslett.

1438 rests in Symington Yard, Winnipeg, in 2011. Eric Oman photo courtesy cnrphotos.com.

1438 rests in Symington Yard, Winnipeg, in 2011. Eric Oman photo courtesy cnrphotos.com.

By the late 1990s, the number of light-rail-equipped branchlines had dwindled to a handful. The 1600s were upgraded to 1400s – the larger, 2000-gallon fuel tank and two-axle Flexicoil trucks were added from retired 1100-series GMD-1 locomotives. These new 1400s, numbered 1430-1444, were classified GR-412b. General Motors Roadswitcher, 4 Axles,1200 horsepower, group B. We are releasing every number of GR-412b operational as of 2014, along with an unnumbered version so you can have the specific unit of your choice.

To learn more about the prototypes click on the image below.

GMD-1 master class

Our N Scale model features:

  • DC silent or DC/DCC/Sound
  • Accurate upgraded EMD 645C prime mover recordings
  • 5-pole, skew-wound motor with excellent slow-speed performance
  • DC models wired to match the rest of your DC fleet
  • Accurate dimensions from GMD blueprints and field measurements
  • Heavy, die-cast chassis for great pulling power
  • Accurate four-wheel Flexicoil trucks and 2000-gallon fuel tank
  • Full cab interior oriented the correct way (short hood forward)
  • Body-mounted Micro-Trains couplers
  • MSRP $159 (DC), $259 (DC/DCC/Sound)

Looking for information on our previous N GMD-1 releases? Click here

The orders for the GMD-1 are too low to start production.
Please reserve yours today so we can finally make this!
Delivery in 2018.

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1435 and 1434 pose in Winnipeg in 1999, one year after being outshopped. Eric Oman photo courtesy cnrphotos.com.

1435 and 1434 pose in Winnipeg in 1999, one year after being outshopped. Eric Oman photo courtesy cnrphotos.com.

 




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