Built in the late 1980s by GE, the DASH 8-40B diesel locomotives were identified by their dynamic brake gear located along the roof line between the cab and engine compartment, with ventilation provided by large roof-top grilles. These four-axle, high horsepower engines are still in service today in North America.
By the early 1990s the North American Cab had begun to replace the "standard" cab on regular production GE 4 and 6-axle locomotives. The only order for 4-axle Dash 8-40Bs with this new cab came from Santa Fe, and thus the Dash 8-40BW model was unique to that road. A total of 83 units total were built and many are still in service today for BNSF.
In 1991 Amtrak, faced with a motive power shortage, turned to GE for an order of 20 Dash 8-32BWH locomotives. This unique model was basically a Dash 8-32B locomotive equipped with a North American Cab and built on the longer Dash 8-40BW frame. Some additional modifications for passenger service were included. A total of 20 units were built and they are still in Amtrak service today.
Operating ditch lights (HO DASH 8-40BW/8-32BHW only)
Realistic die-cast underframe
Standard cab or gull wing cab as per the prototype (HO DASH 8-40BW/8-32BHW only)
Five-pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
Factory-equipped with AccuMate knuckle couplers
Painted crew figures
Separately-installed scale windshield wipers, metal grab irons and fine scale handrails
Highly detailed coupler cut bars
Multiple unit hoses and trainline hoses
Piping on trucks
DCC Operation FEATURES:
Supports all DCC-programming modes
Flexible mapping of function keys F0 to F28
A total of six DCC function outputs are available
Follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices
Sound Functionality FEATURES:
Over 20 sound effects are available, including engine start-up and shutdown, prime mover sounds through all eight notches, bell, air horn, air compressor, dynamic brakes and more
There are 16 user-selectable horns, 2 user-selectable bells, and 2 user-selectable synchronized brake squeals
Manual and Automatic Notching modes with the ability to change modes "on the fly" are provided for true realism