Atlas HO AEM-7/ ALP-44 Electric Locos

 

In the mid-1970s Amtrak was looking for a suitable replacement for the famed GG1 electric locomotives which had been in service since the mid-1930s. Domestic designs were considered, but the approved locomotive design was presented by the Swedish firm ASEA. Assembly began in 1978 at EMD, with the original bodies produced by the Budd Company and other components imported from Sweden. Amtrak’s original order was for 47 units which were delivered between 1980 and 1982. This effectively removed the GG1 from regular Amtrak service. An additional seven units were delivered to Amtrak in 1988.

Several Northeastern commuter agencies also took an interest in this model, with Maryland’s MARC and Pennsylvania’s SEPTA each purchasing a small fleet of AEM-7s. New Jersey Transit purchased the similar ALP-44 model from ASEA Brown Boveri in the early 90s.

While NJ Transit recently retired their fleet of ALP-44s, Amtrak’s AEM-7 fleet is mostly still in service today. Retirements are planned as Amtrak’s new ACS-64 model is introduced in 2014. However, it is expected that rebuilt AEM-7s will continue in service at least for the next several years.

Included with this production run are several “what-if” paint schemes. All schemes represent railroads that, at one time, operated electrified passenger service over parts of their system. This includes Lackawanna and Reading, which could each be considered “heritage” paint schemes for NJ Transit and SEPTA, respectively. The Pennsylvania Railroad developed the New York City to Washington, DC portion of the busy Northeast Corridor where Amtrak’s AEM-7s currently run. Milwaukee and Great Northern once operated well-known electrified territories in the west, and each was quickly identified by their unique, colorful paint schemes.

 

Features:

  • Operating pantographs
  • Die-cast chassis
  • Dual flywheels
  • AccuMate® couplers
  • Operating head lights and marker lights which are directional
  • Full cab interior with painted crew members
  • Separately-applied wire grab irons
  • Astounding roof detail
  • Accurate painting and lettering where appropriate
  • NMRA 8-pin plug for DCC
  • Gold versions will be equipped with ESU sound
  • Data Sheet

AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.

Officially licensed by Amtrak

 

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Silver Item# Road Name Road Number Gold Item#
July 2014
Silver MSRP: $179.95 Gold MSRP: $289.95
HO AEM-7 Locomotive
10 001 648 Undecorated - 10 001 668
New Road Numbers!
10 001 649 Amtrak "As Delivered" (Silver/Blue/Red/White) 918 10 001 669
10 001 650 Amtrak "As Delivered" (Silver/Blue/Red/White) 923 10 001 670
10 001 651 Amtrak "As Delivered" (Silver/Blue/Red/White) 936 10 001 671
10 001 652 Amtrak "Phase V" (Silver/Blue) 902 10 001 672
10 001 653 Amtrak "Phase V" (Silver/Blue) 926 10 001 673
10 001 654 Amtrak "Phase V" (Silver/Blue) 953 10 001 674
10 001 655  NJ Transit (Black/Silver) 4409 10 001 675
10 001 656 NJ Transit (Black/Silver) 4428 10 001 676
10 001 657 NJ Transit (Black/Silver) 4431 10 001 677
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 658 Great Northern (Green/Orange) (Item Cancelled) 5020 10 001 678
10 001 659 Great Northern (Green/Orange) (Item Cancelled) 5022 10 001 679
10 001 660 Lackawanna (Gray/Maroon/Yellow) (Item Cancelled) 4402 10 001 680
10 001 661 Lackawanna (Gray/Maroon/Yellow) (Item Cancelled) 4410 10 001 681
10 001 662 Milwaukee Road (Orange/Maroon) E100 10 001 682
10 001 663 Milwaukee Road (Orange/Maroon) E103 10 001 683
10 001 664 Pennsylvania (Silver/Red Stripe) 4939 10 001 684
10 001 665 Pennsylvania (Silver/Red Stripe) 4945 10 001 685
10 001 666 Reading (Black/Green/Yellow) 2302 10 001 686
10 001 667 Reading (Black/Green/Yellow) 2307 10 001 687