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7568 EMD GP30, CSX 4224, YN2, Paragon4 Sound/DC/DCC, HO (GP30m)

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The EMD GP30 is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between July 1961 and November 1963. A total of 948 units were built for railroads in the United States and Canada. The GP30's were designed to compete with GE's U25B. The U25B offered 2500 horsepower, while the existing EMD GP20 was only rated at 2,000 hp. The EMD's engineering department ended up using a 16 cylinder 567D3 engine that produced 2250 hp for the GP30. They also made several improvements on the GP20 design meant to match the U25B - a sealed airtight long hood, a single central air intake, and easier access for maintenance. These changes required more space behind the cab, and this was achieved vertically by raising the height of the locomotive, providing space for the central air system, the turbocharger, and electrical cabinet. This increased height meant a new body was required. EMD wanted the new body to be modern and updated, so the GM Automotive Styling Center created the GP30's unique "hump" and cab roof profile.

In our first production, we are modeling eleven railroads and twelve distinct paint schemes - all models with prototypically accurate road numbers and paint schemes. Each model has our newest Paragon4 Sound/DC/DCC control system featuring Rolling Thunder, and equipped with integral GoPack capacitor packs. All of our models have road-specific details and lighting.

List of individually controllable lights in our EMD GP30 models:

  • Headlight

  • Rear Light

  • Numberboard Lights (Front & Rear)

  • Front Classification Lights

  • Rear Classification Lights

  • Cab Light

  • Mars Light (where appropriate)

  • Rotary Beacon (where appropriate)

  • Ditch Lights (where appropriate)

Road-specific detail options that are prototypically accurate for each road name:

  • Truck sideframes

  • Dynamic brake hatch

  • Roof fan arrangement and type

  • Short hood detail arrangement

  • Long hood end detail arrangement

  • High short hood option where accurate

  • Horn type and location

  • Bell location

  • Front pilot details

  • Rear pilot details

  • Cut level details

  • MU receptacle arrangement

  • Sunshade options

  • Antenna type and location

  • Wind deflector type

Industry-leading Model Features:
  • Paragon4 Sound & Control System featuring ROLLING THUNDER

  • Integral Dual-Mode Decoder with Back EMF for Superb Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC

  • Precision Drive Mechanism Engineered for Heavy Towing and Smooth Slow Speed Operation

  • All Wheel Electrical Pick-up

  • ABS Body with Die Cast Chassis for Maximum Tractive Effort

  • Premium Caliber Painting

  • Prototypically Accurate Paint Schemes and Road Numbers

  • Many Separately Applied Details such as Handrails, Grab Irons, Horn, Bell, Wipers, and Etched Metal Grills

  • Prototypical Light Operation - accurate for each paint scheme

  • Prototypically Accurate Sounds for the EMD GP30 Diesel Locomotive

  • Metal Kadee-compatible Couplers (2)

  • Will Operate on Code 70, Code 83, and Code 100 Rail

  • Minimum Operating Radius: 18 inches

Broadway Limited Imports is proud to introduce Paragon4: The new benchmark for premium HO sound-equipped locomotives. These DC and DCC-Sound equipped locomotives feature the ALL-NEW Paragon4 sound and control system. Each Paragon4 locomotive comes with BLI's own integral DCC Decoder factory installed. Paragon4 locomotives offer Dual Mode DC and DCC operation with superb back EMF motor control, improved DC motor control, built-in capacitor pack for more reliable electrical pick-up, industry best on-board sound with Rolling Thunder functionality, Pro Lighting Mode for prototypical light control, Switcher model for precise low speed control, recordable DCC operation for automated playback, and the same excellent detail level as Broadway Limited's Paragon3 Series models.

Paragon4 Sound & Control System Features:

  • Operates in DC & DCC with improved DC speed control (use DCMaster for DC Sound)

  • Built-In extra capacitance to navigate imperfect track

  • Pro Lighting Mode offers individual control of all lights on model

  • Switcher Mode for precise low speed control

  • Record & Play Operation - Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation

  • High Resolution Audio

  • Quillable Horn for various whistle lengths and patterns

  • Choice of 3 selectable Horns

  • Alternate Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam whistle - both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played

  • Adjustable bell ringing interval for faster or slower bell

  • Numerous user-mappable functions with available keys

  • Multiple realistic passenger and crew sounds play on command

  • Grade Crossing Automatic Signal

  • Automatic Forward / Reverse Signal

  • Prime Mover sound intensity varies with load

  • Individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect

  • EZ Reset Button for quick return to factory default settings

**Specifications on this page subject to change.