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CN North America GE Dash 8-40CM Draper Taper, #2449-DCC Sound-HO Scale-by Rapido

CN North America GE Dash 8-40CM Draper Taper, #2449-DCC Sound-HO Scale-by Rapido
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The Dash 8-40CM (also known as the C40-8M or just the CN Dash 8) was delivered to Canadian National, British Columbia Railway and Quebec North Shore & Labrador between 1990 and 1994. CN received 30 units (2400-2429) in 1990, classified EF-640a (General Electric, Freight, 6 Axles, 4000 HP, batch a). 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 purchased three (401-403). These arrived in March 1994 and were later sold to The Andersons (renumbered AEX 100017-19).

We were fascinated to find out that the Dash 8s were the first new GE diesels delivered to a main line railroad in Canada since CN 44-tonner #5 entered service in 1956!

Amazingly, all 81 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 Dash 8 locomotives can be seen all over North America.

The Dash 8 was the last locomotive delivered with CNs famous Draper Taper. CNs Assistant Chief of Motive Power, William L. Draper, designed the notch behind the cab to allow for better reverse visibility on full-width cowl units.

Draper Tapers were introduced with the Bombardier HR-616 in 1982 and were used on the SD50F, SD60F and the Dash 8. They were also used on CPs Red Barn SD40-2F. Unlike American cowl units (such as the F45), CN chose a cowl design for mechanical and operational rather than cosmetic reasons.

Draper retired after delivery of the Dash 8s. Following his retirement, CN returned to more off the shelf locomotive designs, starting with the first Dash 9 order in 1994.

The Dash 8-40CM units made regular visits to Chicago via CNs Grand Trunk Western route through Michigan and Indiana in the mid-1990s and sometimes further afield as run-through power. However, it was CNs purchase of the Illinois Central in 1998 that really expanded their range of use and it became common to see Draper Tapers as far south as the Gulf Coast and all points inbetween, on and off CN/IC track. CNs units were joined on their foreign adventures by BCRs units from 2004.


  • ESU decoder (DCC)
  • Several road numbers per paint scheme
  • Door and walkway handrails installed
  • Factory installed grab irons and windshield wipers
  • Drill starter holes included for most grab irons
  • Working front headlights, rear headlights and number boards
  • Operating CN stalk ditch lights
  • Scaled from original blueprints its the correct length!
  • Sunshades included in polybag
  • Accurate Dofasco trucks
  • With or without battery boxes and bells, according to prototype
  • Same smooth motor and drive system as our regular models
  • Several road numbers and unnumbered with decals
  • Metal Macdonald-Cartier couplers at the correct height
  • 18" minimum radius
    • Ready to ship today

      Item #: rap400508

Quantity: Price: $ 189.95
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