The real GMD-1 locomotives were a huge success. When CN started closing down the branchlines for which the GMD-1 locomotives had been designed, it was decided to rebuild the reliable locomotives for general service. The rebuild included new 2000-gallon fuel tanks and 2-axle Flexicoil trucks salvaged from retired lightweight GP9 locomotives. In total, 46 1000-series GMD-1 locomotives were upgraded to 1100-series units. These 1100-series rebuilds were outshopped between 1983 and 1988 and lasted in service as late as 2006.
In the late 1990s, the 1600-series GR-612a GMD-1 locomotives were retrucked with even more 2-axle Flexicoil trucks (those poor lightweight GP9s!) and became GR-412b, numbers 1430-1444 (General Motors Roadswitcher, 4 Axles,1200 horsepower, group B). These things have really lasted - several are still in service!
We are releasing every number of GR-412b that lasted into the 2010s, along with an unnumbered version so you can have the specific unit of your choice.
Cuba purchased a fleet of GMD-1s secondhand in the 1990s, but the 4-axle trucks were too much for the light rail in Cuba. An ingenious solution was found - replace one of them with a three-axle truck taken off the GMD-1s when they were converted to four-axle trucks!
These Cuban GMD-1s would make an interesting addition to your "oddball" collection. We all have them - stuff we don't need but we buy anyway because they are neat. Well these wacky GMD-1s are neat!
We're doing three new numbers for our popular 1000-series GMD-1 in CN's original 1950s green. We say 1950s green, but some lasted in green until the 1980s! It's no wonder green was by far our biggest seller. Here's a chance to expand your fleet or to correct your earlier mistake of not buying any.
To learn more about the prototype GMD-1 click on the image below.
The paint schemes are as follows:
Looking for information on our previous N GMD-1 releases? Click here...
The MSRP is $159 (DC/Silent) and $259 (DC/DCC/Sound)
Like the real GMD-1, our N scale model won't die! It is our pleasure to finally be able to produce these. So please order your 1100s and more 1000s by the bucket load!