PREORDER Rapido 042004 HO GE C30-7 - Standard DC -- Santa Fe #8051 (Early Version Warbonnet, blue, yellow)

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Rapido is happy to announce the next in our series of classic General Electric locomotives, the C30-7 in HO scale.

The C30-7 was General Electric’s improvement of the U30C locomotive, featuring a 16-cylinder 3,000 horsepower diesel engine. Built between September 1976 and May 1986, over 1100 units were produced for many of the Class I railroads across the United States for use primarily in heavy-haul freight. A fair number would go on to have extended careers with both short/regional lines and private industrial railroads, owing to the locomotives reliability and pulling power.

It is, perhaps, the most polarizing locomotive from the 1980s and early 90s. The C30-7 was GE's answer to the SD40-2. When one thinks of Powder River and coal, the C30-7 isn't far behind. Burlington Northern owned the most in the States, with just over 240 examples. Santa Fe was a distant second with 157 C30s.

The C30-7 later gave way to the similar C36-7, as well as various unique models such as the Conrail C30-7A and the BC Rail C36-8m, rebuilt from former Conrail C30-7s.

Our C30-7 is based on our earlier B36-7 model, and so the angles and contours should be correct. But we know less about the railroad-specific details, and we want these to be as perfect as possible.

The Rapido Trains HO scale GE C30-7 locomotive features:

  • Correct nose and body contours
  • High or Low headlights, as appropriate
  • Correct Rockwell or Adirondack trucks, as appropriate
  • Full traction motor casings details
  • Heavy, die-cast weight for heavy hauling
  • 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels
  • Operating headlights and rear lights
  • Operating roof-top beacons and class lights, where applicable
  • Detailed underbody piping and conduit
  • Separate grab irons and handrails
  • Sound-equipped units feature ESU Loksound V5 decoders

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