New Product Spotlight – LEGACY GP35s

20 08 2012

The classic look of EMD’s 2nd generation diesels began with the GP35. 1,334 of the 2500 horspower units were built between 1963 and 1966 between plants in the U.S.A. and Canada.


The heritage of this recently retired Wheeling and Lake Erie GP35 isn’t hard to find. Note the trade-in ALCo trucks.

While the unique styling of the GP30 made them popular from trackside, there were several issues with the locomotives that made them far less enjoyable from the railroads’ and crews’ perspective. EMD had pushed that design somewhat to stay close to competition from GE and ALCo. Within a few years however, they had ironed out those problems and introduced the GP35.

The locomotive used the same prime mover as the GP30, EMD’s 567D, but cranked out an additional 250 horsepower. The locomotive also featured revised dynamic brakes and a better air-tight carbody that reduced wear from dirt entering the engine compartment. To the crews’ liking, the cab roof was higher inside and its heating system greatly improved. The GP35 proved to be a solid locomotive that would set the standard and the look of EMD’s to follow.


6-38524 New York Central

A total of more than 40 railroads purchased the units, many using older locomotives as trade-ins. Some, like those on the Ann Arbor, GM&O and Southern, rode on ALCo trucks from the trades. The Southern and N&W units were also unique in sporting high short hoods.

Often these locomotives outlived their original buyers to work for succeeding lines or later to be sold to regional and short line railroads. Many of these engines can still be found hard at work on those lines today. Others have been rebuilt, some as slugs without their own diesel engines, and remain on the Class One roads like BNSF and CSX today.

Lionel Models


6-38539 Conrail

Lionel’s new GP35 features all new tooling to capture the look of this pivotal locomotive. Available in two LEGACY equipped powered numbers and an additional non-powered locomotive, you’ll be able to create prototypical consists whether you’re running the local or a hot piggy-back freight.

Powered locomotives feature:

  • LEGACY Control System – able to run on LEGACY, TMCC or Conventional control layouts
  • UP

    6-38527 Union Pacific

    Odyssey II Speed Control with On / Off switch

  • LEGACY RailSounds including
    • CrewTalk and TowerCom dialog
    • 6 Official railroad speeds
    • 8 Diesel RPM levels
    • Quilling Horn
    • Bell (single hit and continuous)
    • Sequence Control
    • Current speed and fuel dialog
    • Refueling sounds
  • CP Rail

    6-38533 CP Rail

    Dual maintenance-free motors

  • Traction Control
  • Refined Conventional Control mode with lower starting speeds
  • Front and Rear ElectroCouplers
  • Fan-driven smoke with adjustable output
  • EL

    6-38548 Erie Lackawanna

    Directional lighting

  • Marker Lights
  • Lighted cab interior with crew
  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • MSRP: $499.99

Non-Powered models feature:


6-38542 Milwaukee Road

  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • Front and rear magnetic couplers
  • Select separately applied details
  • Detailed cab interior
  • MSRP: $259.99

All of the locomotives will negotiate an O-31 curve. Available roadnames include: Conrail, CP Rail, Erie Lackawanna, Milwaukee Road, New York Central, Pennsylvania, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific. Look for these in dealers near you early this fall.



3 responses

20 08 2012

What happened to the fixed pilots?

21 08 2012

The catalog art was in error on this one. There was no way to get the operating radius out of the locomotive with fixed pilots unfortunately.

22 08 2012
Andrew Falconer

If you make the Soo Line GP35, avoid using numbers #724, #727, #731 because Atlas O made those road numbers, but they were very limited in production. The new Soo Line GP35 diesels with Legacy would be desired, since the Atlas O versions are all sold.

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