Rapido Trains Inc. is very pleased to announce it’s fourth powered model in North American N Scale, the iconic General Electric Dash 8-40CM, popularly known by the nickname “Draper Taper” after the cut-out behind the cab. The announcement of the “Prime Movers by Rapido” Dash 8 in HO Scale in 2015 saw many N scalers contact us pleading for us to make this locomotive in the smaller scale. We’re happy to oblige, and as an added bonus we’re making it our most highly detailed N powered model yet!
Powered by a V16 FDL 4000-horsepower prime mover, the main features of this distinctive design are the four-window North American cab, the cowl-style body and the famous ‘Draper Taper’ cutout behind the cabs (designed by CN’s Assistant Chief of Motive Power, William L. Draper to provide better reverse visibility on full-width cowl units). These great-looking locomotives always turn railfan heads in trains! The Dash 8-40CM (also known as the C40-8M) was introduced in 1990 with an order of 30 units for Canadian National (2400-2429), classified EF-640a. This was followed by a further 25 units (2430-2454) in 1992, classified EF-640b.
BC Rail received 22 units (4601-4622) in 1990, followed by four more (4623-26) in 1993. These were transferred to CN following the de facto purchase of BCR in 2004. The final units were for QNSL, which acquired three locomotives (401-403) in March 1994. Amazingly, all 81 CN and BC Rail Dash 8s are still in service. Most are still in their original paint schemes but several have been repainted into the newer CN.CA livery.
The "Draper Tapers" make regular visits to Chicago via CN’s Grand Trunk Western route through Michigan and Indiana in the mid-1990s and sometimes further afield as run-through power. However, it was CN’s purchase of the Illinois Central in 1998 that really expanded their range of use and it became common to see Dash 8-40CMs as far south as the Gulf Coast and all points inbetween, on and off CN/IC track. CN’s units were joined on their foreign adventures by BC Rail’s units from 2004.
The Rapido Dash 8-40CM sets new standards for Canadian specific N scale locomotives, and features numerous separate parts and road specific details to accurately represent all variations of this classic design. The model comes with working headlights and accurate single or double rear lights, as well as factory installed operational ditch lights (and rock lights on the British Columbia units).
We're offering the same great paint schemes as our HO Scale Dash 8 locomotive, but due to customer requests we've added the colourful Quebec North Shore & Labrador units to our roster. Please note: QNSL is a conditional release. If orders do not meet our minimum order requirement then it will not be made. Reserve yours now!
Our N Scale Dash 8-40CM model features:
The MSRP is $169.95 (DC/Silent) and $289.95 (DC/DCC/Sound) in Canada. The US MSRP $149.95 (DC/Silent) and $259.95 (DC/DCC/Sound). As usual, these engines will be made to order.