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Athearn Genesis HO GMD GP40-2W, DC, GO Transit #704, ATHG40933


Available on backorder

Pre-orders Due 5/27/16
MSRP: $169.98


This GMD GP40-2W is expected in February 2017. Pre-orders placed now will NOT be charged to your card until it has come in and we are ready to ship it to you! 

Athearn Genesis HO GMD GP40-2W, DC, GO Transit #704

Athearn Item # ATHG40933


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes
  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU hoses
  • Trainline hose
  • See through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes
  • Sander lines
  • McHenry scale knuckle couplers – Kadee compatible
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage


  • Late GO GP40-2W body with comfort cab, ribbed anticlimber, & HEP beams
  • Vertical double rear light
  • Non-dynamic brake hatch with power assembly access doors
  • Short Canadian ECAFB
  • Airchime K3 horn on bracket
  • Large & small Sinclair antennas
  • Cab mirrors
  • 2600 gallon fuel tank
  • GO Transit rock plow
  • Cab mounted bell
  • Blomberg-M trucks

Created in 1967, The Government of Ontario Transit system, known today as GO Transit, has served the southern region of Ontario, Canada, with a variety of passenger equipment. To supplement the 8 GP40TC locomotives purchased in 1966, GO Transit purchased 11 GP40-2W locomotives from GMDD in 1973 & 1975. The engines feature distinctive logo plates on the front and sides, as well as head-end power connections front and rear. The prototypes for our model are modernized units that were operating in the 1980’s, equipped with ditch lights and having relocated horns. These engines are a perfect match for our Bombardier Bi-Level commuter cars in the original GO Transit paint scheme. Since they were not equipped to supply head-end power, they were often run with converted F7 A & B units, which were rebuilt to act as HEP cars.


The EMD GP40-2 is a 4-axle diesel road switcher locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division as part of its Dash 2 line between April 1972 and December 1986. The locomotive’s power was provided by an EMD 645E3 16-cylinder engine which generated 3,000 horsepower.

Standard GP40-2 production totalled 861 units, with 817 built for U.S. railroads, and 44 for Mexican roads. In addition, three GP40P-2s, passenger versions of the GP40-2, were built for Southern Pacific in 1974, and 279 GP40-2L(W) and GP40-2(W) units, equipped with wide-nosed cabs, were built by General Motors Diesel (GMD), for Canadian National and GO Transit between 1974 and 1976. Of the CN units, 233 were built with a taller and lighter frame to allow for a larger fuel tank. These units were officially classified GP40-2L but are commonly referred to as GP40-2L(W). The balance of CN’s fleet, 35 units, and the 11 unit GO Transit fleet, used standard frames and smaller fuel tanks; they are often referred to as GP40-2(W) but are classified as GP40-2.

Like the SD40-2 the GP40-2 has a reputation for reliability, and many are still in use. Changes such as the modular electronics system improved reliability over the GP40. Their high power-per-axle rating suited them to high-speed service rather than low-speed drag freig


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