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N Scale - Bachmann - 85055 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Norfolk Southern - 8671

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N Scale - Bachmann - 85055 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Norfolk Southern - 8671 1996 version. Original couplers replaced by MTL conversion kit.


N Scale - Bachmann - 85055 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - Norfolk Southern - 8671 1996 version


Stock Number 85055
Brand Bachmann
Manufacturer Bachmann
Body Style Bachmann Diesel Engine Dash 8
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 (Details)
Road or Company Name Norfolk Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks NS
Road or Reporting Number 8671
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Friendly
Release Date 1996-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety Dash 8-40C
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Bachmann introduced this model in 1996 and then revised it in 2003 (8-40CW) and 2004 (8-40C). The models come in two varieties: Dash 8-40C and Dash 8-40CW. The Dash 8-40CW was revised in 2018 and released with DCC & sound.
Original Retail Price of the 2003-04 version: $135
Be careful if you want to acquire one, as the versions are very different. The 8-40C have been re-released in 2004 with the same stock number and same road names & numbers as in 1996; the 8-40CW have re-released in 2003 with different road numbers or with different stock numbers than the 1996 release:
  • The main visual difference between the 1996 and 2003-04 versions are the couplers: truck-mounted in 1996 (no pilot), body-mounted in 2004. The handrails are also thinner on the 2003-04 version. The 2004 Dash 8-40C has sun shades that were missing on the 1996 version. Inside, the mechanism is totally different with the 2003-04 version being a much better runner.
  • The 1996 packaging is a box with foam, a transparent hinged cover with inscription 'On the leading edge of technology, Spectrum, The master Railroader Series from Bachmann', in a white carboard sleeve with a gold tag on it. The handrails came unmounted.
  • The 2003-04 packing a more modern jewel case box with a plastic cradle, and label on the side.

DCC Information:
1996 version: no DCC support
2003-04 version: DCC Friendly (but not plug-and-play)
2018 version: factory-equipped DCC & Sound (Soundtraxx Econami)

Prototype History:
The Dash 8 Series is a line of diesel-electric freight locomotives built by GE Transportation Systems. It replaced the Dash 7 Series in the mid-1980s, and was superseded by the Dash 9 Series in the mid-1990s. All models of the Dash 8 Series are powered by a 16- or 12-cylinder, turbocharged, GE 7FDL 4-stroke diesel engine.

The design of the Dash 8 Series is based upon that of the Dash 7 Series. The biggest changes introduced during the production of the Dash 8 Series were the first use of a microprocessor-equipped engine control unit in a diesel locomotive, and the adoption of a modular system in the construction of the vehicle body. The Dash 8 locomotive bodies were assembled from several modules, creating a combination to fit the length of the chassis. On models with a traditional narrow short hood, the part of the equipment room immediately behind the cab is taller than the top of the rounded cab roof, giving those models a distinctive appearance. On all models, that part of the equipment room houses the cooling fans for the dynamic braking system. Traction motors of Dash 8 locomotives were powered by direct current.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Norfolk Southern Railway (reporting mark NS) is a Class I railroad in the United States; began in 1982 and 1990. With headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the company operates 36,200 route miles in 22 eastern states, the District of Columbia, and has rights in Canada from Buffalo to Toronto and over the Albany to Montreal route. NS is responsible for maintaining 29,000 miles, with the remainder being operated under trackage rights from other parties responsible for maintenance. The common commodity hauled on the railroad is coal from mines in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The railroad also offers the most intermodal network in eastern North America.

NS is a major transporter of domestic and export coal. The railroad's major sources of the mineral are located in: Pennsylvania's Cambria and Indiana counties, as well as the Monongahela Valley; West Virginia; and the Appalachia regions of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In Pennsylvania, NS also receives coal through interchange with R.J. Corman Railroad/Pennsylvania Lines at Cresson, Pennsylvania, originating in the "Clearfield Cluster". NS's export of West Virginia bituminous coal, begins transport on portions of the well-engineered former Virginian Railway and the former N&W double-tracked line in Eastern Virginia to its Lambert's Point coal pier on Hampton Roads at Norfolk. Coal transported by NS is thus exported to steel mills and power plants around the world. The company is also a major transporter of auto parts and completed vehicles. It operates intermodal container and TOFC (trailer on flat car) trains, some in conjunction with other railroads. NS was the first railway to employ roadrailers, which are highway truck trailers with interchangeable wheel sets.

The Norfolk Southern Railway's parent Norfolk Southern Corporation is a Norfolk, Virginia-based parent company. Norfolk Southern Corporation was incorporated on July 23, 1980 in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbols NSC. The primary business function of Norfolk Southern Corporation is the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods across the Southeast, East, and Midwest United States. The corporation further facilitates transport to the remainder of the United States through interchange with other rail carriers while also serving overseas transport needs by serving several Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. As of October 1, 2014 Norfolk Southern Corporation's total public stock value was slightly over $34.5 billion.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2020-02-21 13:39:32. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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