I THANK YOU
very much for your reply. At least someone can help me straighten out Paul.
I also pointed out to him that the numbers he got from www.rrpicturearchives.com are wrong.
I hope that this site gets their roster information correct in the future.
Again, in case anyone missed this, the numbers are:
B30-7 8 units (numbers 5485-5492)
B30-7A 120 units (numbers 4000-4119)
C30-7 241 units (numbers 5000-5141 and 5500-5599)
B32-8 3 units (numbers 5497-5499)
*NOTE: I am confused about the annuals saying it had 241 units for C30-7, and the numbers showing clearly 242 units...
Now on to bigger and better things.
I just want to clarify this. The GP39 variants and the GP40 variants:
GP39E 70 units (numbers 2750-2778 and 2900-2940)
GP39M 65 units (numbers 2800-2834 and 2870-2899)
GP39V 25 units (numbers 2960-2984)
GP40E 06 units (numbers 3550-3555)
GP40G 10 units (numbers 3075-3084)
GP40M 24 units (numbers 3500-3523)
GP39E Basically a GP30 (with the rear middle fan removed) or a GP35, new paint and the horns moved to the rear. The trucks replaced with Blomberg-M type trucks. The E stands for EMD, as they are the rebuilders.
GP39M Basically a GP30 (with rear middle fan removed) or GP35 with the horns moved to the rear and a new electrical cabinent on the engineer's side, also with 1991 paint. Again, the trucks replaced with the Blomberg-M type trucks. Rebuilt by Morrison-Knudsen, which is why it has the M designation.
GP39V Basically a GP35 with the horns moved to the rear, the new electrical cabinent and the 1991 paint. The trucks replaced with Blomberg-M type trucks. Rebuilt by VMV at their Paducah, KY facility, thus the V designation.
GP40E Basically a GP40 updated with an electrical cabinent on the same side as the 39 variants, horns moved to the rear and the new 1991 paint. Again, the E stands for EMD as the rebuilder.
GP40G Basically a GP40 updated again with the electrical cabinent and the new 1991 paint. Oddly enough, the horns were never moved to the rear, at least not in any of the pics I have seen. All the G variants were ex-BO units. The G stands for GATX, who leased the units to BN.
GP40M A GP40 (some with new 1991 paint, some not), with electrical cabinent and horns moved to the rear. The M stands for Morrison-Knudsen as the rebuilder.
Just want to make sure about all of these before I go do anything.
Now then, starting points for GP39s would be? I was thinking the P2K for the GP30, but wouldn't a Bachmann GP30 shell do just as good? I noticed Walthers has the Bachmann GP30s for about $25 this month. The other starting point, I bet one could use the new Athearn retooled GP35 shells. In fact, if the Athearns come with the Blomberg-M trucks, then the ONLY thing needed to be done is move the horns to the rear, add the electrical cabinent and repaint them.
In fact, all the GP39 variants had the GP35 rebuilds, so I could eliminate the P2K all together and just go with 6 GP35 Athearn RTRs. This also saves me the headache of having to remove the middle rear fan on those P2K or Bachmann shells.
On the 40s, not much needed. I figure just 6 Atlas GP40 undecs. I think I have seen the electrical cabinent available from DW or Cannon. I already have the GATX lease decals for the two GP40Gs.
I know Jon Grant did a variant of each of the 39s earlier this year, but I cannot seem to locate the darn posts. LOL!
Jon, if you are watching, please chime in.
Thanks again guys.