The Lionel O Scale GE Dash 8 40B Diesel Locomotive GE Demonstrator models the General Electric Transportation System's Dash 8 40B diesel locomotive. This hood type Road Switcher was built for freight service. Part of the Dash 8 Series of diesel locomotives, the four axle Dash 8 40B is powered by the GE 7FDL engine which is rated at 4,000 hp. 150 Dash 8 40B locomotives were built from 1988 to 1989. A "demonstrator" model would have traveled the country to the different railroads for evaluation prior to purchase.
General Electric Company Transportation Systems Division: The General Electric Company was formed in 1892 by consolidating various electric products manufacturers. Its first venture into diesel locomotives was the 1925 introduction of the 60 Ton Boxcab diesel locomotive for the Jersey Central Railroad. Further participation in locomotive manufacturing was accomplished through GE teaming up with leading steam locomotive manufacturer American Locomotive Company (Alco) starting in 1940 . Alco could not crack EMD's dominance of diesel locomotive manufacturing, so GE ended the partnership in 1953, and in 1956 introduced its Universal (U-Boats) line of diesel locomotives which were produced through 1998. At first a small challenger to EMD's commanding lead, GE's financial muscle and ever improving technology and reliability (Dash 7 in 1998- then Dash 8 and Dash 9) eventually saw General Electric overtake long-time rival ElectroMotive Division. General Electric Transportation Systems Division, with plants in Erie,PA, and Fort Worth,TX, remains the largest manufacturer of locomotives in North America.