Lionel 28371



In the early 1960s, Union Pacific approached three major loco manufacturers with a formidable challenge: Build the railroad a new diesel electric loco set that could provide a total of 15,000 h.p. which would decrease the number of lash-ups necessary for U.P.'s long distance operations. The winning builder was GM's Electro Motive Division with a massive, cabless double diesel called the DD35, completed in 1963. In essence, EMD's new 88-foot engine was made up of two GP35 diesel locomotives built on a single chassis, and resting on newly-designed 4-axle "D" trucks. Originally GM configured the consist to run as a four-unit set, with two 5000 h.p. DD35 booster units sandwiched between two 1500 h.p. GP35 diesels. What an incredible sight it must have been in 1963 to see this prototype set of engines on its nationwide promotional tour, all four units d ecorated boldly in red and white stripes! Union Pacific was delighted with the performance of these engines and immediately bought 27 of them in 1 964, along with GP35 diesels to complete the unit sets.
  • LEGACY Control System equipped
  • Odyssey II Speed Control with On/Off switch
  • LEGACY RailSounds sound system featuring:
  • CrewTalk dialog and TowerCom announcements
  • Six official railroad speeds with CrewTalk
  • Eight diesel RPM levels
  • LEGACY Real-Time Quilling Horn
  • Single hit or continuous mechanical bell
  • Dual maintenance-free motors flywheels Front and rear ElectroCouplers
  • Traction tires
  • Smokestack output from two separate stacks
  • Directional lighting, LED front and rear
  • Oscillating ditch lights
  • Die-cast metal trucks, pilot, and fuel tank Standard O Approx. 22 O-42/O-54 Volume 2 2010
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