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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bachmann HO Scale GP40 Locomotive - Alaska Railroad

An EMD GP40 is a 4-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between November 1965 and December 1971. Power was provided by an EMD 645E3 16-cylinder engine which generated 3000 horsepower (2.2 MW).

1,187 examples of this locomotive model were built for American railroads, 16 were built for Canadian railroads, and 18 were built for Mexican railroads. Various passenger versions were also built.

In 1972, the GP40 was discontinued and replaced by the GP40-2, which had an improved electrical system and a few minor exterior cosmetic changes.

The Alaska Railroad (reporting mark ARR) is a Class II railroad which extends from Seward and Whittier, in the south of the state of Alaska, in the United States, to Fairbanks (passing through Anchorage), and beyond to Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright in the interior of that state. Uniquely, it carries both freight and passengers throughout its system, including Denali National Park (most other intercity passenger rail in the U.S.A. is carried on the Federal Amtrak system). The railroad has a mainline over 470 miles (760 km) long and is well over 500 miles (800 km) including branch lines and sidings. It is currently owned by the State of Alaska. The railroad is connected to the lower 48 via three rail barges that sail between the Port of Whittier and Harbor Island in Seattle (the Alaska Railroad-owned Alaska Rail Marine, from Whittier to Seattle, and the CN Rail-owned Aqua Train, from Whittier to Prince Rupert, British Columbia) but does not currently have a fixed land connection with any other railroad lines on the North American network. In 2008, the company earned a profit of $12.5 million (down 23%) on revenues of $158.7 million (up 6.9%), $121.7 million of which was operating revenue (up 5.2%).

See Also: Bachmann N Scale Electric Train Set - McKinley Explorer - Alaska Railroad

Other HO Scale GP40 Locomotives: Bachman HO Scale GP40 Locomotive With Dummy And Caboose - Santa Fe / Athearn HO Scale GP40-2 Locomotive - Southern Pacific

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