Not all of the Genesis GP15s are assembled............

Discussion in 'Electo-Motive Division (EMD)' started by friscobob, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    Recently I placed a winning bid on a certain auction site for an Athearn Genesis GP15-1, which has the Frisco-specific details. The hitch? It's undecorated, and will require some assembly. Plus, it doesn't have a decoder, but is DCC-ready (which I hope means I can plug a decoder in).

    Obviously, this goes completely against the preferred trend of buying ready-to-roll models, already assembled & painted. but for those of us who had to do our own painting, detailing & decaling back in the day, it's SOP.

    As it is, it's my opinion that you can't accurately model the Central Division in the 1975-1980 time frame without at least one or two GP15-1s around, and these beasts hung out at both Ft. Smith and Hugo. From what I've seen of the Genesis GP15-1, it blows the Walthers P1000 and Trainline offerings completely out of the water.

    So, I have the diesel coming, as well as some more Microscale decals. Got detail parts, proper paint, and Kadee couplers. No decoders ordered yet, and I'm really not too heck-bent on installing sound (although I must admit I like the sound of a non-turboed 645 prime mover).

    Speaking of decoders, are the GP15-1s really "plug-n-play", or will I have to do a little extra work to install one?
  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    The GP15 is set up to install light-board type decoders, so you can choose between the Soundtraxx TSU-GN1000 645 Non-Turbo #828058 Sound decoder or the Soundtraxx MC2H104AT 4 function light board (you want the Headlights, Rotary Beacon, and Pyle Gyralight to work. Note that I indicated 645 Non-turbo; the GP15-1 models the Frisco had were non-turbo. Get with me for a speaker enclosure design that will fit in this loco.
  3. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Right you are on the GP 15's and the Fort Smith Sub. They were GREAT little engines and liked by all. I cut my "engineer's" teeth on the impressive little GP 15. I think I have a slide "somewhere" I shot of the first one into Fort Smith.
  4. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    Very first cab ride I ever took was on the 100, after one of the Friday night meetings of the local model RR club in Ft. Smith. Jim Christenberry, a Frisco brakeman (and club member) took us out on the North Side switch job, and I was impressed as to how it scooted around with a cut of cars. One of the pleasant memories was standing on the back platform with the brakies as we were headed back to the yard, enjoying the summer night air & shooting the bull.

    IIRC, the servicing facilities at Hugo, OK were reworked to handle the GP15-1s, which were also seen on the A&A and Arthur Subs. Because of this, I see where I need a '15 or two to mix in with my several GP7s.
  5. Terry

    Terry Terry La France

    I've got a couple, including sound and light decoder and it's that cats meow. The Gyralight and the Stratolite both work and it sound cool as all get out. There were a ton of these around Madill after the BN merger.

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