The Atlas HO Trainman GP39-2 Phase 1 Locomotive Santa Fe 3600 models ElectroMotive Division's of General Motors' GP39-2. The EMD GP39 had a short production run as railroads found the turbocharged engine unreliable. In 1974 the GP (General Purpose) Hood Unit Road Switcher GP39-2 was introduced. Similar to the GP39, the updated version had four axles and was equipped with the EMD 645E3 engine.This 12 cylinder engine was rated at 2,300 hp. The GP39-2 was also turbocharged, but the locomotive's improved fuel economy (Critical in those Energy Crisis years) and better operation at higher altitudes made them superior to the GP38-2. 239 units were sold betwenn 1974 and 1984.
Road Name and History:
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway: The dream of Cyrus Holliday was a railroad to Santa Fe and the Pacific. Chartered in Kansas in 1859, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway slowly stretched its lines across Kansas, then on to Colorado and New Mexico. By 1883 the Santa Fe had reached Needles, CA, and with an agreement with Southern Pacific reached Los Angeles (Fulfilling a dream) in 1897. In 1886 Santa Fe purchased a line extending its reach to Texas. One huge investment was the 1907 completion of the Belen Cut-Off that saved the railroad the time and expense of Raton Pass. Well-managed and profitable, the Santa Fe was a leader among railroads, innovating with fast freight trains and glamorous passenger trains. The company became closely associated with the Romantic Southwest, a relationship it cultivated. Prosperous to the end, in 1995 with US rail systems consolidating Santa Fe joined Burlington Northern to form Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (Later BNSF).