ATSF B39-8 7401
Santa Fe had three GE B39-8 units, which were
essentially prototypes for the DASH8-40B.
This model is an Overland Models brand brass
import, to which I added a few details, painted,
decaled, and weathered. To add DCC capability,
I replaced the stock drive, frame, and trucks with
Atlas components. The front truck had to be
de-geared and cut down to clear the bulky cab
interior, which I wanted to preserve and is quite
solidly welded into the body. For this reason,
I run this model as a trailing unit only (it does
not have working headlights either).
This model won third place, diesel consist
category (paired with my friend Jim's similar
unit 7400, right), at the 1996 SFRH&MS
convention in Fort Worth, TX.