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GE 44-ton - Z scale
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. Reduction ratio : 60:1
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 "Gerard-Huet" 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
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