R18537 Rapido General Electric B36-7 w/DCC/Sound, Southern #3818

R18537 Rapido General Electric B36-7 w/DCC/Sound, Southern #3818

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The Rapido HO B36-7 features:

  • 3D scanned from an ex-CSX B36-7 for 100% accurate shape and dimensions
  • Incredible under frame detail including piping and a ridiculous number of separately-applied parts
  • Full cab interior, with correct orientation for standard or Southern locomotives
  • Dead straight metal side handrails with plastic stanchions
  • A crazy level of road-specific detail options, with different pilots, anti-climbers, plows, fuel tanks, air dryers, antennas, bell location, wind deflectors, headlight locations, air-conditioning units, beacons, different bodies, multiple nose and rear end styles, three versions of drop step, and so on.
  • With or without class lights (as appropriate)
  • Conrail locomotives have unique ‘built out’ style class lights
  • ATSF, Conrail and Southern locomotives have single or double baffles appropriate to era and road number
  • Three styles of operating, flashing ditch lights, front and rear (as appropriate)
  • Working headlights in correct location, switchable number boards at both ends and cab interior headlight
  • SP locomotive has single P3 horn or dual K5H horn and dual-beam clear lens Oscitrol warning lights at both ends plus red “emergency” Gyralite.
  • DC/Silent (21-pin DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (ESU LokSound) options
  • Accurate sounds recorded from an actual Minnesota Commercial B36-7 under load
  • Rapido’s proven 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth drive

The Santa Fe B36-7 has the early body style, unique anticlimber and battery box louvers, air-conditioning unit, EOTD and Sinclair antenna, flashing amber beacon, front class lights only, nose with plated headlight, ATSF-specific fuel tank with accurate filler and gauge locations, optional snubbers, and the additional large louver on the fireman’s side. The model will also come with the distinctive noise baffles (etched metal) and brass Leslie RS-3L horn factory installed.

The Conrail B36-7 features the late body with additional grills, CR anticlimber (at the front), unique CR built out class lights, cab signal box on walkway behind fireman’s side of cab, CR fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations and optional spare knuckles, CR specific pilot with small plow and a Leslie RS-3L horn mounted on long hood. Optional large noise baffles will also be provided in a polybag. The model is available as built (no ditch lights), with ditch lights and with CSX or NS patched numbers.

The turbocharged 16-cylinder 7FDL prime mover rated at 3,600hp (later examples could create up to 3,750hp) and upgraded alternator and traction motors proved to be a reliable combination. However, with all that power on tap and with just eight wheels to lay it all down they gained a reputation for shaking the fillings out of teeth and marrow from bones. They were well liked by railfans though and were among the last of the Dash 7s in Class 1 service, outliving the six-axle variants by a number of years.

The increased power also meant increased noise. As well as the larger silencer (introduced in 1979), GE attempted to mitigate this with a pair of sound baffles either side of the radiator section. These were installed on all the Cotton Belt, Santa Fe and Southern locomotives and the first 15 Conrail units. By 1983 GE had replaced the twin radiator fans with a single large fan to reduce noise – three additional grilles in the doors in the radiator section made this upgrade obvious – and only Southern retained the baffles beyond 1986, and even then only the lower of the two on each side. The Rapido model correctly replicates ALL of these details as appropriate.

Important DC Advisory

Do NOT use MRC 1300-series DC controllers with any of Rapido's locomotives. The RailPower 1300 is notorious for voltage spikes and it WILL destroy your locomotive. There is no “if” about it. We will try to help you if parts are available for repairs, but we are not responsible for any locomotive damage due to voltage spikes in your power supply. As well, we will not repair any locomotive damaged by an MRC 1300-series controller (or any other "train set" DC controller) unless you have retired the controller. Otherwise the damage will soon reoccur. “Train set” DC controllers should not be used with any modern model locomotives.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

We will do our best to solve any problems or issues that you may have with your locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars. Our HO scale models contain hundreds of parts and are completely hand assembled. If your Rapido model has any defects that originate from the factory, we will forward it to Rapido for repair, using new components or may be replace by Rapido Trains at their discretion if an outright repair not be possible. However, a replacement can only made while additional ones are in stock. Normally, spares maybe available up to six months after a model is released.

What should I do if there is a problem?

Please contact us (call, email or message) with the full details of the problem with your product before returning the model. Please note that we do not generally re-install parts that have come loose in transit. These can easily be re-attached with a drop of glue. However, do feel free to contact us if you have an questions or concerns in regards to warranty-related issues. We will do our best to resolve your concerns.