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HO GP7 Locomotive, MEC #563

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MEC FEATURES:

  • Winterization hatch
  • Full sill skirts
  • Nose-mounted bell
  • Tall MU stands

Maine Central continued the process of dieselization of their freight operations in Fall 1950 and 1953 with the purchase of 9 EMD GP7 locomotives equipped with dynamic brakes. We are offering these units in MEC’s “simplified’ green paint scheme for the first time in our Genesis product line.

ROAD NUMBER SPECIFIC FEATURES:

#563
  • Unique MEC logo on front and rear — New color formulation of gold color based on input from MEC modelers
#564
  • ‘Simplified’ green paint scheme
#566
  • ‘Simplified’ green paint scheme

GP7 SERIES LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Coupler cut levers
  • Trainline and MU hoses
  • Drop steps unless noted
  • MU stands
  • “Nub” style walkway tread
  • Windshield wiper
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Windshield wipers
  • Sander lines
  • Bell placement & type per prototype
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
  • Blomberg-B trucks with appropriate bearing caps
  • Speed recorder unless noted
  • See-through cab windows and full cab interior
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Etched metal radiator intake grilles and fan grilles
  • Air tanks mounted below sill unless noted
  • Body-mounted McHenry® scale knuckle couplers - Kadee® compatible
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately painted and printed paint schemes
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • LED Lighting for realistic appearance
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
  • Minimum radius: 18”

SOUND EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE:

  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Dual cube speakers for optimal sound quality
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Precision slow speed control

PROTOTYPE SPECIFIC INFORMATION:

In 1949, EMD introduced the GP7. The basic design followed most diesel switchers with the addition of a short hood instead of an end-cab. The hoods were also full height to better accommodate the diesel engine and mechanical and electrical components.

In 1954 EMD upgraded the GP7 to become the 1,750 horsepower GP9. Externally, the first GP9s were virtually unchanged from the last GP7s. Later versions would include different louver arrangements and the last ones would come without the frame skirting. The GP9 was available with all of the fuel tank, steam generator, and dynamic brake options as the GP7, including “torpedo tube” air tanks mounted on the roof.

Many railroads chose to rebuild their GP7s and GP9s for continued service. Often times, it was cheaper to do this rather than purchasing brand-new locomotives.

Product Specs

DCC
Ready/21-Pin NEM
Scale
HO
Sub Brand
GENESIS
Axles
4
Reporting Mark
MEC
Era
1971-1990, 1991-2009
Prototype Manufacturer
EMD
Lighting
LED
Sound
Ready