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Atlas HO scale AEM-7 electric locomotive

Read this review from the July 2018 Model Railroader
Atlas HO scale AEM-7 electric locomotive
Atlas HO scale AEM-7 electric locomotive
The AEM-7 may have been retired by Amtrak, but Atlas has brought back its HO model, with a new Electronic Solutions Ulm LokSound Select dual-mode decoder, for another run. Since Model Railroader last reviewed this model in the March 2000 issue, sound-equipped locomotives have proliferated. Bringing the model back with factory sound adds a whole new dimension.

The prototype. Amtrak began offering passenger service with a hodgepodge of equipment inherited from participating railroads. In the electrified territory, now known as the Northeast Corridor, locomotives were mostly Pennsylvania RR-heritage GG1 electrics. These venerable locomotives were becoming vulnerable as years of wear took their toll.

Amtrak’s first attempt to replace the GG1 was the General Electric E60CP and E60CH, but a derailment at high speed during testing resulted in them being limited to 85 mph in service.

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