HO Dash 8-40CM Locomotive


It’s back! And this time, it's even better than ever! The Dash 8-40CM (also known as the C40-8M or “Dash 8”) returns, but now with FULL DETAIL. The Dash 8 has been fully redesigned from the ground up and now features full underbody details, roadname-specific details, operating ditch lights, factory-installed rock lights on BC Rail units, working full working class lights, optional split-cooling radiators and much, much more! Now for some quick history...


The Dash 8-40CM was introduced in 1990 with a total of 55 units for Canadian National (2400-2454) and 26 units for BC Rail (4601-4626). A further three locomotives (401-403) were built for the QNSL in March 1994. With CN’s purchase of BC Rail came the fleet of Dash 8s, which would see them released into general service across North America. It was not uncommon to see BC Rail Dash 8s operating everywhere on CN's expanded North American network, and even all the way to Florida and Texas.


   The Rapido Trains HO scale GE Dash 8-40CM locomotive features:

  • Accurately scaled from prototype blueprints
  • Roadname-specific details including bell position, single or double rear headlights, with or without battery boxes behind cab, horns, CN or BCOL style ditch lights and more!
  • An insane level detail with air filters, many separate pipes and moulded traction motor cabling and air/control pipe runs.
  • Optional split cooling radiator for CN and BC versions. (Polybag Kit)
  • Heavy, die-cast chassis with a powerful motor and dual flywheels
  • Operating headlights, ditch lights and rear lights
  • Operating factory-installed rock lights on BCR locomotives
  • Fully operational class lights
  • Operating step lights and track inspection lights
  • Newly tooled & accurate cab interior
  • Newly tooled fuel tank and trucks
  • Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory
  • DC/Silent (DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (ESU LokSound) with twin sugar cube speakers
  • Factory-installed couplers mounted at the correct height


 Ever experience a loss of power? Experience it no more with the all-new "Mo-Power" capacitor.

Designed by Rapido with the guidance of ESU LokSound, this handy electrical component, which is integrated with the main PCB board, ensures you run uninterrupted from a momentary loss of track power. It will provide anywhere from two to five seconds of juice, depending on the Rapido locomotive.


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