The first units in Chessie paint (1977 and GM50)
phase I GP40-2's. Units 4100-4246 are perfect for this
At 146 units total, this makes a significant chunk of the
GM50, the one of a kind gold painted unit, and 1977 the 150th
of the B&O unit were also a phase I GP40-2.
Athearn blue box locomotive
kits were also offered as dummys (unpowered). This is a further cost saving
way to make locomotives. Since generally one
locomotive has enough power to pull any
train on a model railroad pike, think about acquiring
some dummies to make multiple unit lash ups, relatively inexepensively.
Even better, you can put a new nose from Details Associates and make a Phase II GP40-2 out of it. This will add units 4246-4371. In addition you can put on some "Q-fans" and turn a Phase II into a Phase III and add 4372-4447. As you can see, with some quick changes you can get closed to 350 total units out of this kit. What a deal! Compare that with the 20 or so units of a GP15, U30C or U23B. The GP40-2 is THE CHESSIE UNIT.
Below are two Dean Heacock pics of a Phase I
Phase III on the right.
Below are pics of my finished GP40-2. To
on GP40-2's look on my GM50
tips page or my GM50cs-b&o
((Working on this now)).