PRE-ORDER R18000 Rapido GE B36-7 Locomotive (Sound & Silent Versions Available)

R18000 Rapido General Electric B36-7 Locomotive (Sound & Silent Available)

Regular price $339.95 $289.99 Sale

The Pre-Order deadline has closed.
Contact us now to place your special orders.
Delivery expected October 2019

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 boads 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.

Our HO scale B36-7 comes in the following paint schemes:

 

  • Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
    Early body – Factory installed noise baffles – ATSF anti-climber – A/C unit – Flashing amber beacon – battery box louvers, nose louver, blanked nose headlight position – brass Leslie RS-3L horn – optional snubbers on truck – optional large salem air dryer – ATSF fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – EOTD antenna – class lights at front only – ATSF specific pilot with small plow. Cab Numbers: 7488, 7489, 7492, 7494, 7499
  • British Columbia Railway red/white/blue “lightning stripe”
    Ex-Santa Fe units with late body – ATSF anti-climber – BCOL rebuilt number boards with cab-mounted bell – battery box louvers – nose louver – additional truck snubbers – large Salem air dryer – no class lights – nose-mounted headlights – working BCOL style ditch and rock lights at both ends – ATSF fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – unique BCOL front handrails – ATSF specific pilot with small plow at both ends – brass K5L horn (all bells forward). Cab Numbers: 3607, 3613 (CONDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT)
  • Conrail as delivered
    Late body with additional grills – optional large noise baffles – CR anti-climber – unique CR built out class lights – CR cab signal box on walkway behind fireman’s side of cab – CR fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations with optional spare knuckles – CR specific pilot with small plow – Leslie RS-3L horn mounted on long hood – no ditch lights and front pilot-mounted ditch lights versions – also available with CSX or NS patched numbers. Cab Numbers: 5004, 5013, 5031, 5043; 5025, 5054 (w/Ditch Lights); 5787, 5790 (CSX patched numbers); 3606, 3611 (NS patched numbers)
  • CSX Transportation YN2 “Bright Future”
    Ex-Seaboard units with late body – no anti-climber – plated class lights – large Salem air dryer – CSX/SBD fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – hinged drop step – CSX specific pilot with large plow – brass K5LR24 horn – CSX/SBD sunshade brackets – no ditch lights and front frame-mounted ditch lights versions available – also available with white-painted cab roof for post 2000s operations. Cab Numbers: 5870, 5895, 5923; 5809, 5851, 5912 (w/Ditch Lights); 5836, 5877, 5885 (w/Ditch Lights & White Roof)
  • Minnesota Commercial Railway
    Ex-Southern Pacific unit with late body – no anti-climber – plated class lights – fixed drop step – large Salem air dryer – SP fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – SP specific pilot with small plow – pilot-mounted ditch lights both ends – brass Nathan P3 horn – large equipment box on fireman’s side behind cab – nose-mounted headlights – plated cab headlight – plated SP light package. Cab Number: 75 (CONDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT)
  • Norfolk Southern
    Ex-Southern unit with early body and high short hood – no anti-climber – class lights both ends – hinged low mounted drop step – SOU/NS fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – SOU/NS specific pilot with large plow both ends – bell at long hood end – brass Nathan P5 horns at each end – walkway light castings (not operational) – firecracker antennas – optional single noise baffles – correctly oriented cab interior – NS/SOU sunshade. Cab Numbers: 3815, 3817, 3820
  • Seaboard System as delivered
    Late body – no anti-climber – class lights – small air dryer – CSX/SBD fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – hinged drop step – SBD specific pilot with large plow – brass KL5R24 horn – SBD/CSX sunshade brackets. Cab Numbers: 5847, 5859, 5861, 5898, 5925
  • Southern Railway “Tuxedo”
    Early body and high short hood – no anti-climber – class lights both ends – hinged low mounted drop step – SOU/NS fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – large plow both ends – bell at long hood end – brass Nathan P5 horns at each end – walkway light castings (not operational) – firecracker antennas – single noise baffle with optional double baffles – correctly oriented cab interior – NS/SOU sunshade. Cab Numbers: 3816, 3818, 3819
  • Southern Pacific as delivered
    Late body with additional grills – no anti-climber – no class lights – fixed drop step – correct horn location SP fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – SP specific pilot with large plow – single brass Nathan P3 horn or dual K5H horn versions – large equipment box on fireman’s side behind cab – nose-mounted headlights – dual-beam clear lens Oscitrol warning lights at both ends – Red “emergency” Gyralite. Cab Numbers: 7754, 7756, 7760, 7764, 7767
  • Transkentucky Transportation (ex-CSXT)
    Ex-Seaboard/CSX units with late body – no anti-climber – plated class lights – large Salem air dryer – CSX/SBD fuel tank with correct filler/gauge locations – hinged drop step – CSX specific pilot with large plow – brass horn – CSX/SBD sunshade brackets – frame-mounted ditch lights. Cab Numbers: 5815 (w/Gray Wave); 5911 (w/White Wave) (CONDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT)
  • Undecorated
    Six versions available: ATSF, BCOL, CR, SBD/CSXT, SOU/NS and SP.
SRP: $339.95, LSC Price: $289.99 w/DC/DCC/LokSound version
SRP: $229.95, LSC Price: $199.99 DC/Silent (non-sound version)
Please specify the road names/numbers when special ordering your new B36-7s.