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Title: Rapido Trains announces a new N Scale locomotive: Dash 8-40CM

Collection: N Scale Model Trains
Category: Manufacturer Announcements
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Last Modification Date: 2018-06-25
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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.

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. C 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 model is offered in various CN and BCR paint schemes, and also - but conditionally - in the colourful Quebec North Shore & Labrador paint scheme.

This 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.
Order deadline is October 15th, 2018
Delivery in mid-2019

See full description on Rapido Trains website.
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