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GE 44-ton - Z scale


Prices in euros

DC option : 450 €

DCC option : 500 €



The GE 44-ton switcher is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Electric between 1940 and 1956. It was designed for industrial and light switching duties;

276 examples of this locomotive were built for U. S. railroads and industrial concerns, and a lot for Canada, Cuba, Mexico, France.

Most were built with a pair of Caterpillar's D17000 V8 180 horsepower (134 kW) engines .


The GE 44-ton in Z

The GE 44 is made solely of thin-etched nickel-silver and brass parts.

The engine is powered by a tiny 3 poles coreless 6 mm motor with a 3 stage reducer. Mecanic with ball bearings. Reduction ratio : 36:1

The axles "2" and "3" are powered. The axles 1 & 4 are "cosmetic" . This solution is not usual, but gives good results. Different other solutions were tested but each time the results were bad. Weight : 20 grammes.

The model comes with body mounted "GH" couplers (compatible with MTL couplers). It also features LED direction-controlled lighting.

They are available for DC power OR for DCC (with Z2 decoder ).

Minimum radius recommended : 195 mm






GE 44-ton : mecanical design




















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