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8781 EMD E7A, GN 512, Empire Builder, Paragon4 Sound/DC/DCC, N (Lowell Smith Exclusive)

Sale price$249.99
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The E7, a 2,000-horsepower passenger train locomotive, was manufactured by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division in La Grange, Illinois. From February 1945 to April 1949, a total of 428 cab versions, known as E7As, were produced, along with 82 booster E7Bs from March 1945 to July 1948. Its 2,000 hp was generated by two 12-cylinder model 567A engines, each powering its own electrical generator to drive the two traction motors on one truck. The E7 marked the eighth model in a series of passenger diesel locomotives with a similar design, known as EMD E-units, and it quickly became the best-selling E model upon its release.

The E7A featured a less slanted front nose compared to earlier EMD passenger locomotives, earning it and its successors, the E8 and E9, the nickname 'bulldog nose' units. Some of the earlier units were referred to as 'shovel nose' or 'slant nose' units. More than 20 different railroads acquired E7s for their passenger trains. Currently, only one E7 example survives, with ex-Pennsylvania Railroad E7A #5901 being preserved, cosmetically restored, and on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.

In this production, we are modeling A and B-units from 6 railroads with prototypically accurate road numbers and paint schemes. We are offering A-B sets with Powered A-units (w/ Paragon4 Sound) and unpowered B-units, and also separate single A and B-units (where appropriate) with our full Paragon4 DC/DCC/Sound system. All of our models have road-specific details and lighting. 

Road-specific detail options in this production, prototypically accurate for each road name:

·  Pilot prototypical for paint scheme

·  Operating Mars Light where prototypical (with decoder installed)

·  Large 45-degree numberboards where prototypically accurate

·  Small side numberboards where prototypically accurate

·  Prototypical horn detail on model

·  Accurate air intake behind cab side doors

·  Cooling fans and exhaust hatch accurate per each prototype

·  Accurate headlight positioning per the prototype

·  Multiple MU door options on front of model

·  Prototypically accurate truck sideframes

·  Ladder rest grab irons present where prototypically accurate

·  Grab iron ladder present where prototypically accurate

·  Eyebrow grab irons present where prototypically accurate

·  Grab irons above cab side windows where prototypically accurate

·  Roof antenna present and correct where prototypically accurate

·  Front and Rear lift lug present where accurate

·  Nose door number plate present where accurate

·  Trainphone antenna present where accurate


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 Grab Irons, Horns, and Bell

·  Prototypical Light Operation

·  Prototypically Accurate Sounds for the EMD E7 Diesel Locomotive

·  MicroTrains-compatible Couplers (2)

·  Will Operate on Code 55, Code 70 and Code 80 Rail

·  Minimum Operating Radius: 9 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 are subject to change.

8781 EMD E7A, GN 512, Empire Builder, Paragon4 Sound/DC/DCC, N (Lowell Smith Exclusive)
8781 EMD E7A, GN 512, Empire Builder, Paragon4 Sound/DC/DCC, N (Lowell Smith Exclusive) Sale price$249.99