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Athearn Genesis HO GP7u, WSOR #702

Athearn Genesis HO GP7u, WSOR #702

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In 1949, EMD introduced the GP7. The basic design followed most diesel switchers with the addition of a short hood instead of an end-cab. The hoods were also full height to better accommodate the diesel engine and mechanical and electrical components.

In 1954 EMD upgraded the GP7 to become the 1,750 horsepower GP9. Externally, the first GP9s were virtually unchanged from the last GP7s. Later versions would include different louver arrangements and the last ones would come without the frame skirting. The GP9 was available with all of the fuel tank, steam generator, and dynamic brake options as the GP7, including “torpedo boats.”

Many railroads chose to rebuild their GP7s and GP9s for continued service. Often times, it was cheaper to do this rather than purchasing brand-new locomotives.

LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Front and rear MU catch boxes with footboard
  • Trainline and MU hoses
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Drop steps unless noted
  • MU stands
  • “Nub” style walkway tread
  • Bell placement & type per prototype
  • Fine-scale handrails for scale appearance
  • Wire grab irons
  • Lift rings
  • Windshield wipers
  • See through cab windows and full cab interior
  • Etched metal radiator intake grilles and fan grilles
  • Air tanks mounted below sill unless noted
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
  • Blomberg-B trucks with appropriate bearing caps
  • Sander lines
  • Speed recorder unless noted
  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and printed paint schemes
  • Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Bidirectional constant LED lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
  • Replacement parts available
  • Minimum radius: 18”

NEW FEATURES:

  • All-new LED lighting
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability

The effort continues to enhance Athearn Genesis models per customer requests and feedback. There has been a lot of activity behind the scenes; we’re excited to include new features often requested, to the GP7/9 and upcoming Genesis models.

WSOR FEATURES:

  • Former ATSF GP7Us with Topeka cabs, low noses, & modified side skirts
  • Round vent on top of the nose
  • 1600 gallon fuel tank
  • Air conditioner bank plate
  • Whip antenna
  • Illuminated front & rear ditch lights
  • Small front & rear snowplows
  • Both raised and lowered drop steps are included with the model

#702:

  • Four-stack exhaust
  • Bell mounted under front steps
  • Nathan K5 horn
  • All-weather windows on both sides

The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad has operated with a variety of second-hand locomotives, including two former Santa Fe GP7Us. Both were repainted into WSOR’s modern red-and-grey scheme in the mid-2000s.


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