Atlas N Master® Modern Commuter Train


The ALP-45DP is a “dual mode” locomotive, capable of drawing power from either overhead electrical wires or its own pair of 12-cylinder Caterpillar diesel engines. These flexible locomotives were designed to provide a one-seat commute from NJ TRANSIT’s various diesel-only lines into the electrified territory that leads to New York City’s Penn Station. This fulfills the requirement of not operating diesels through the North River Tunnels and within the subterranean Penn Station complex.  Produced by Bombardier Transportation in Kassel, Germany, the first ALP-45DP locomotive entered service on NJ TRANSIT on May 30, 2012. 

NJ TRANSIT’s 35 ALP-45DP locomotives are commonly seen on commuter trains traversing the Morristown Line, Montclair-Boonton Line, Raritan Valley Line, and North Jersey Coast Line. These lines do not have overhead electrical wires for their entire length, necessitating a change of power source somewhere en-route. Previously, locomotives or entire trainsets would have to be changed, inconveniencing riders. The ALP-45DP alleviates this need, performing the switch from diesel to electric power (or vice versa) in just under two minutes during a routine station stop.

Concurrent with its purchase of ALP-45DP locomotives, NJ TRANSIT also purchased 62 multi-level cab cars from Bombardier Transportation. These cab cars are used on the opposite end of the train from the ALP-45DP locomotive to facilitate “push-pull” operations, where the engineer in the cab car can control the locomotive pushing from the other end of the train. A cab car provides an engineer with all of the same controls as a locomotive cab, allowing the train to reverse direction without turning around. Cab cars also include all standard locomotive safety features, such as a horn and bell.

The multi-levels’ fixed 2-2 seating arrangement provides ample legroom and maximizes passenger comfort while increasing capacity. All of NJ TRANSIT’s cab cars also include toilets. NJ TRANSIT’s multi-level cab cars have a capacity of 127 commuters (approximately 17% more than its single-level counterpart, the Comet V). These cars routinely operate over most routes on both the Hoboken and Newark Divisions of NJ TRANSIT, carrying over 300,000 commuters daily to and from destinations all over New Jersey and into New York’s busy Penn Station.

In addition to its multi-level cab cars, NJ TRANSIT operates an additional 367 multi-level trailer coaches without cabs. Ninety-nine of these cars include a toilet and have a passenger seating capacity of 132 commuters. The remaining 268 trailer cars do not have a toilet, and feature seating for 142 passengers. The multi-level trailer cars are always operated in matching sets (with a multi-level cab car on one end and a locomotive on the other), and these cars carry commuters over 2.2 billion miles every year.

Approximately 20 multi-level trailer cars on NJ TRANSIT are adorned with one of four vinyl wraps promoting railroad safety. These models feature crisp lettering and designs created directly from the prototype’s original artwork.

ALP-45DP Features:

  • Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
  • Illuminated directional LED headlight/ditchlights and red marker lights
  • Pantograph (non-functioning) can be positioned up or down
  • Five pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
  • Factory-applied railings, air horn, and antenna details
  • Grab irons packed separately for customer application (includes drilling template)

Silver version features:

  • DCC Ready

Gold version features:

  • ESU LokSound decoder, supporting all DCC programming modes
  • Flexible mapping of function keys F0 to F28
  • A total of six DCC function outputs
  • Follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices
Multi-level Cab Car Features:
  • Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
  • Illuminated directional LED headlight/ditchlights and red marker lights
  • Interior includes seat details and LED illumination
  • Provision for mounting a speaker
  • Separately applied air horn, antenna, lift lugs, end barriers, and rubber diaphragms
  • Free-rolling metal wheels
Multi-level Trailer Cars Features:
  • Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
  • Interior includes seat details and LED illumination
  • Separately applied lift lugs, end barriers, and rubber diaphragms
  • Free-rolling metal wheels

Check availability of the commuter cars on the Atlas Online Store

Check availability of ALP45DP on the Atlas Online Store

Silver Item# Road Name Road Number Gold Item#
February 2018
ALP-45DP Gold MSRP: $259.95 ALP-45DP Silver MSRP: $149.95
N ALP-45DP Locomotive
40 004 040 NJ Transit 4509 40 004 070
40 004 041 NJ Transit 4512 40 004 071
40 004 042 NJ Transit 4518 40 004 072
40 004 043 NJ Transit "100th ALP Edition" 4534
40 004 073
Item# Road Name Road Number
February 2018
Multi-level Cab Car MSRP: $69.95 Multi-level Trailer MSRP: $54.95
Multi-level Trailer (Safety Slogan) MSRP: $59.95
Modern Commuter Cab & Trailer 3-Pack MSRP: $179.85
Modern Commuter Train Set MSRP: $274.85
N Multi-level Cab Car
40 004 044 NJ TRANSIT 7007
40 004 045 NJ TRANSIT 7019
40 004 046 NJ TRANSIT 7027
40 004 047 NJ TRANSIT 7058
N Multi-level Trailer (w/Toilet)
40 004 048 NJ TRANSIT 7200
40 004 049 NJ TRANSIT 7212
40 004 050 NJ TRANSIT 7222
40 004 051 NJ TRANSIT 7266
N Multi-level Trailer
40 004 052 NJ TRANSIT 7514
40 004 053 NJ TRANSIT 7529
40 004 054 NJ TRANSIT 7533
40 004 055 NJ TRANSIT 7542
40 004 056 NJ TRANSIT 7569
40 004 057 NJ TRANSIT 7575
40 004 058 NJ TRANSIT 7588
40 004 059 NJ TRANSIT 7596
40 004 060 NJ TRANSIT 7603
40 004 061 NJ TRANSIT 7619
40 004 062 NJ TRANSIT 7666
40 004 063 NJ TRANSIT 7673
N Multi-level Trailer - Safety Slogan
40 004 064 NJ TRANSIT "Cruise Control" 7756
40 004 065 NJ TRANSIT "Scenic Route" 7593
40 004 066 NJ TRANSIT "Power Steering" 7559
40 004 067 NJ TRANSIT "Hands Free"(Trailer w/Toilet) 7276
N Modern Commuter Cab Car & Trailer 3-Pack
40 004 068 NJ TRANSIT
(Cab Car 7009, Trailer 7545, Trailer w/Toilet 7207)
N Modern Commuter Train Set
40 004 069  NJ TRANSIT
(ALP-45DP Loco 4520, Cab Car 7047, Trailer 7553)

Products bearing NJ TRANSIT marks are made under a trademark license from NJ TRANSIT.