Unfortunately not a grandiose announcement, but American Models has just posted their GP35 in BNSF. (American Models Photo)

This is listed as a "Deluxe" model, meaning their standard GP35 with handrails, numberboards D/B blister and headlight lenses are installed.

Avaliable as AC Hirail, DC Hirail and Scale.

I have no connection with AM other than as a satisfied customer of their products.

Rusty

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Rusty:  Fake news.... BNSF and none of the railroads brought into the railroad ever owned a GP35.  It always bothers me when train makers produce engines painted for railroads that never had them.   Lionel painting the EP5 in three railroads that didn't have them.  Only the New Haven bought them.

I wish Ron would get busy and deliver the new Pacifics with the oil tenders.

Roundhouse Bill posted:

Rusty:  Fake news.... BNSF and none of the railroads brought into the railroad ever owned a GP35.  It always bothers me when train makers produce engines painted for railroads that never had them.   Lionel painting the EP5 in three railroads that didn't have them.  Only the New Haven bought them.

I wish Ron would get busy and deliver the new Pacifics with the oil tenders.

Oh, really...   

REAL NEWS:

CB&Q, GN and SLSF (Frisco,) all were original purchasers and merged into the BN.  The AT&SF also was an original purchaser of GP35's.  I have several books to prove it plus the Mainline Modeler GP35 data book.

Had you bothered to Google EMD GP35 you could easily find a listing of railroads that bought them.

The prototype BNSF 2526 is an ex-Santa Fe GP35.  There's several photos of it in yellow warbonnet with a BNSF patch on Railroad Picture Archive.  The only flaw I could find is it was not repainted orange and green, although it's quite possible there are pictures of it in full BNSF glory that are not on the web.

However, there are other photos of orange and green BNSF GP35's on the web.

Rusty

RailroadQuantityNumbersNotes
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad231001–1023 
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad247400-7419, 7437-7440 
Central of Georgia Railway10215-224High Hood
Central Railroad of New Jersey122501–2512 
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway147420-7431, 7425(2nd), 7428(2nd) 
General Motors Electro-Motive Division17715to Atlantic Coast Line 1000
Louisville and Nashville Railroad221200–1221 
Norfolk and Western Railway801500–1579High Hood
Pennsylvania Railroad406000-6039 
Southern Railway1003000-3099High Hood
Southern Pacific Railroad294816-4844 
Western Maryland Railway57432-7436

We could call it what it is a GP35 body. BNSF  made quite a few into GP39's with a 3 or M  or something behind it. Lycoming Valley has two that appear to be derated. I am surprised AM didn't jump into this before. He could do at one class one and a few short lines for today.

Lee

Lee Herr posted:

We could call it what it is a GP35 body. BNSF  made quite a few into GP39's with a 3 or M  or something behind it.

Lee

Granted, checking a recent BNSF roster, most if not all remaining BNSF GP35's were retired or rebuilt into GP39's. 

However, the accusation was made that BNSF or any of it's predecessor roads did not have GP35's.  This is clearly not the case, and the accuser backing up that statement with build roster information of a different locomotive (SD35) doesn't validate the claim.  An SD35 is not a GP35, pure and simple.

It is a fact that some BNSF predecessor roads did own GP35's and some did make it through mergers to BNSF. 

Real news, if you will, not the so-called "fake news" as stated by the accuser.

There are photos floating around the web of GP35's in full BNSF dress before rebuilding.  Here is one such. Copyright's prevent posting the images here.  The BNSF AM model is clearly a representative of one of these, although the choice of road number may be in question, it is in the correct class and valid as appears on the BNSF GP35 patch job.  If BNSF 2526 ever made it into a full repaint is unknown by me at this time.

Rusty

 

 

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