In the late 1980s, as General Electric and General Motors' Electro-Motive Division engaged in heated competition (that continues today) for marketshare in the high horsepower category, GE announced the Dash-8 class of diesel locomotives. Although the first demonstrator version had only 3,200 hp, most of the Dash-8s had 4,000 hp when delivered. Because GE builds its diesel locomotives in five modules, it was able to customize its Dash-8s for each buyer to an unusual degree. Some railroads ordered their Dash-8s with the conventional narrow cabs, while other opted for the wider safety or comfort cabs. Some Dash-8s have 4-wheel trucks, and other have 6-wheel trucks. All this variety means that these diesels, which were designed for fast freight duty, are also well suited for Amtrak's passenger service. Despite their many differences, all Dash-8s share microprocessor control. The microprocessor, a small computer, regulates rpm, fuel injection volume, generator excitation, and many other operational features to make the engines run more efficiently than any diesel ever had before them.
M.T.H. is proud to return this rugged American prototype to our Rugged Rails lineup in a variety of roadnames that are sure to please. These well-detailed O-27 models feature twin motors, an electronic horn and bell and all-metal die-cast trucks, wheels and axles for years of operating enjoyment.