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Oct 5, 2019 - N Scale

PWRS Exclusive N Scale Rapido BC Rail Post-2010 Scheme GE 8-40CM's (Update)



Dear N Scale Customers:

Rapido will need final order quantities for the Dash 8's next week. So please get your order in. We know we have many new N Scale customers who were not around when these were announced.

If you have any of oour NARC Coal Cars or our 5092 NSC Boxcars on order these would be great engines to pull them. BC Rail used them extensively.

These Special Run Dash 8's in Red White & Blue BC Rail were done so N Scalers could run up to 4 of these on their Coal Drags and Forest Products Manifests.

Pacific Western Rail Systems is pleased to announce two PWRS Exclusive Rapido N Scale GE 8-40CM BC Rail locomotives. These locomotives available in two road numbers will be available in DCC Ready or DCC w/Sound versions. These locomotives were previously announced by Rapido, but are now exclusively available through Pacific Western Rail Systems.

The two engines #4605 & #4620 pictured below, are pulling 5092 boxcars. Those boxcars will be produced for the first time by North American Railcar Corporation next year in both N Scale & HO Scale. These locomotives will feature the BCOL post-2010 scheme.

So if you are planning to order or have already ordered the NSC 5092 Boxcars from PWRS, these locomotives would make great power to pull them. These are also the perfect locomotives to pull the North American Railcar Corporation 4000 cu ft coal gondolas.

Click HERE for remaining stock of the previous release of NARC N Scale 4000 cu ft coal gondolas. Inventory is low with complete sets nearly gone. Various individual cars are also still available in limited supplies. Modelers wishing to order these cars for the first time, or who wish to order more should do so now.

The model samples promise a highly detailed and desirable final product:

BC Dash-8

Thanks to Drew Mitchem, self-styled "Foamer", we have real pictures of these engines in operation too:

BC  Rail Dash-8

Look carefully at the cars being pulled.......5092 cuft NSC Plug and Sliding Door Boxcars

BC  Rail Dash-8

BC Rail trains coming out of the interior of British Columbia had almost 100+ car unit trains of these cars hauling forest products for shipping around North America

Powered by a V16 FDL 4000-horsepower prime mover, the main features of this distinctive design are the four-window North American cab, the cowl-style body and the famous ‘Draper Taper’ cutout behind the cabs (designed by CN’s Assistant Chief of Motive Power, William L. Draper to provide better reverse visibility on full-width cowl units). These great-looking locomotives always turn railfan heads in trains.

The Dash 8-40CM (also known as the C40-8M) was introduced in 1990 with an order of 30 units for Canadian National (2400-2429), classified EF-640a. This was followed by a further 25 units (2430-2454) in 1992, classified EF-640b.

BC Rail received 22 units (4601-4622) in 1990, followed by four more (4623-26) in 1993. These were transferred to CN following the de facto purchase of BCR in 2004. The final units were for QNSL, which acquired three locomotives (401-403) in March 1994.

Amazingly, all 81 CN and BC Rail Dash 8s are still in service. Most are still in their original paint schemes but several have been repainted into the newer CN.CA livery.

The “Draper Tapers” make regular visits to Chicago via CN’s Grand Trunk Western route through Michigan and Indiana in the mid-1990s and sometimes further afield as run-through power. However, it was CN’s purchase of the Illinois Central in 1998 that really expanded their range of use and it became common to see Dash 8-40CMs as far south as the Gulf Coast and all points inbetween, on and off CN/IC track. CN’s units were joined on their foreign adventures by BC Rail’s units from 2004.

The Rapido Dash 8-40CM sets new standards for Canadian specific N scale locomotives, and features numerous separate parts and road specific details to accurately represent all variations of this classic design. The model comes with working headlights and accurate single or double rear lights, as well as factory installed operational ditch lights (and rock lights on the British Columbia units).

Dash 8-40CM model features:

  • Accurately scaled from prototype blueprints – completely designed from new
  • Roadname-specific details including bell position, single or double rear headlights, with or without battery boxes behind cab, horns, tall or short sand fillers, CN or BCOL style ditch lights and more
  • An insane level of underbody detail with air filters, many separate pipes and moulded traction motor cabling and air/control pipe runs
  • Heavy, die-cast chassis with a powerful coreless motor and dual flywheels
  • Operational headlights and real lights with operational factory-installed ditch lights (plus rock lights on BCOL locomotives)
  • Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory
  • DC/Silent (Next18 DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (ESU LokSound) options
  • Accurate sounds recorded from a real General Electric Dash 8-40CM
  • Factory-installed couplers mounted at the correct height


If you are looking for coal cars to run behind your Dash 8's from NARC....Click Here

Reservations Due By: October 14, 2018

Expected Release: July 2019

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