Modeling a GP40

Discussion in 'Electo-Motive Division (EMD)' started by gstout, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    For those interested in such things, Model Railroad Hobbyist, which is an on-line magazine (and not a bad one, at that) is featuring an article on modeling a Frisco GP40, by our own Richard Napper.

  2. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

    It was very well done.

    One of these days, I'll have to have someone decipher all that DCC stuff for me.
  3. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Said the same thing myself once. After I got into it, converting to DCC was not difficult, just tedious installing decoders. However, it makes switching MUCH easier and also frees up some staging because you do not need to have a dedicated track for each train. Probably not worth it on a very small railroad with only a few locomotives, though.

  4. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    At the 2010 convention in KC, Richard did a clinic on how to wire up "blue-box" Athearns for DCC operation.

    I like how he did his- on my two BB GP40-2s, I went a step further and replaced the low hood end with one off of a GP50 shell. I did this to get the proper nose length as well as the anticlimber. This is NOT (repeat NOT ) to say either way is better- they're just different approaches. I particularly like what Richard did, and his work blows me away. And the use of LEDs far outshines the use of the single bulb Athearn liked to put in their diesels.

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