New Product Spotlight – LEGACY GP35

27 01 2014

The classic lines of EMD’s GP35 returns again with another run of this popular locomotive in even more new road names!


6-38978 Alaska 2501

The familiar look of EMD’s 2nd generation diesels began with the GP35. 1,334 of the 2500 horsepower units were built for more than 40 railroads between 1963 and 1966 between plants in the U.S.A. and Canada.

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.


6-38981 B&O

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 car body 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.


6-38993 Western Maryland

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

Lionel’s GP35 captures the look of this historic locomotive in great detail. 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:


6-38855 Great Northern

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


      6-38987 Missouri Pacific

  • Dual maintenance-free motors
  • Traction Control
  • Refined Conventional Control mode with lower starting speeds
  • Front and Rear ElectroCouplers
  • Pivoting Pilot offers increased realism on curves
  • Fan-driven smoke with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting
  • Marker Lights
  • Lighted cab interior with crew
  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • MSRP: $499.99

Non-Powered models feature:


6-39556 CP Rail

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

6-39562 Burlington Northern

All of the locomotives will negotiate an O-31 curve. Available roadnames include: Alaska, B&O, Burlington Northern, C&O, CP Rail, CSX, GM&O, Great Northern,  Missouri Pacific, Norfolk Southern, Santa Fe,  and Western Maryland.

These locomotives are in stock now. See your local dealer to pick up yours today!



6 responses

27 01 2014

Very upset with the non-powered units. For that price they should be have TMCC/Legacy controlled electrocouplers and front and rear lights.

27 01 2014

should have…don’t know where that be came from

27 01 2014
mike kaludjer

I agree!
MTH has proto-3 NW-2 diesel switcher cow $310 and $140 calf.
lionel should treat our dollars with greater respect; disposable income isn’t what it used to be.
I live in Canada, so those $500 & $250 prices will inflate terribly. MTH’s US dollar prices will swell, but still under the LISTED lionel US prices.
Perhaps the GP35 is a precious shell, but I can’t see spending [at least] $200 & $100 more for equivalent models WHEN BOTH are made in China!
Build them in America. Put Americans to work. THEN and only then will lionel deserve a capital “L” from me.

27 01 2014
mike kaludjer

I’m stupid.
My reply to your cost vs. value comment went to Bob’s “should have” blurb.
I hope that someone recognizes CEO Gerry’s insane belief that he can make a profit by decreasing his buyer numbers.
Yes! lionel is a powerful & legendary brand, but it cannot continue to insult its followers with profit-oriented price increases.
Does anyone remember the TMCC crane car’s quick price collapse BACK TO $300 from a leap to $600. THAT REACTION should have alerted somebody that the buying public isn’t as elastic as their wanton price increases indicate.
My family can use the $200 & $100 savings by my buying MTH.
See next reply.

27 01 2014
Andrew Falconer

Atlas O had the GP35 diesel models made first in O Scale and that model has trucks with gear sets, electrocouplers, power pick-up rollers and lights, but not a command control circuit board. Lionel would have to make sure the non-powered trucks do not have the gears, but the have the power pick-up rollers, the LED lighting, electrocouplers, and the Command Circuit Boards. Should there be a Smoke Unit to match the powered diesel?

27 01 2014
Conductor Andrew

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