2021 Product Spotlight - Premier Uncataloged GP-7 and GP-9 Diesel Locomotives

Available Items

20-21534-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Chicago Great Western

20-21535-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Chicago Great Western

20-21536-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Clinchfield

20-21537-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Clinchfield

20-21538-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Rock Island

20-21539-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Rock Island

20-21540-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Burlington Route

20-21541-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Burlington Route

20-21542-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac

20-21543-1

O Scale Premier GP-7 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac

20-21524-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • U.S. Army

20-21548-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • U.S. Army

20-21525-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • U.S. Navy

20-21549-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • U.S. Navy

20-21526-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Erie Lackawanna

20-21527-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Erie Lackawanna

20-21528-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Detroit & Toledo Shore Line

20-21529-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Detroit & Toledo Shore Line

20-21530-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • New York Central

20-21531-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • New York Central

20-21532-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Georgia Central

20-21533-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Georgia Central

20-21544-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Florida East Coast

20-21545-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Florida East Coast

20-21546-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Spokane Portland & Seattle

20-21547-1

O Scale Premier GP-9 Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Spokane Portland & Seattle

M.T.H. Electric Trains is producing a series of Premier O Scale GP-7 and GP-9 diesel locomotives for select M.T.H. Authorized Retailers in 2021. Each limited production paint scheme is available in two unique cab numbers and are only available from the M.T.H. Authorized Retailers who ordered them. You can review each retailer's offerings below or see the entire list to the left.

GP-7 Diesel Locomotives Offerings By Retailer

Berwyn's Toy Trains
20-21538-1 and 20-21539-1 Rock Island
20-21538-1 and 20-21539-1 Burlington Route

Mr. Muffin's
20-21534-1 and 20-21535-1 Chicago Great Western
20-21536-1 and 20-21536-1 Clinchfield

Sidetrack Hobbies
20-21542-1 and 20-21543-1 Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac

GP-9 Diesel Locomotive Offerings By Retailer

East Side Trains
20-21546-1 and 20-21547-1 Spokane, Portland & Seattle

Legacy Station
20-21532-1 and 20-21533-1 Georgia Central

Mr. Muffin's
20-21526-1 and 20-21527-1 Erie Lackawanna

Patrick's Trains
20-21524-1 and 20-21548-1 U.S. Army
20-21525-1 and 20-21549-1 U.S. Navy

Roundhouse South and Ready-to-Roll
20-21544-1 and 20-21545-1 Florida East Coast

Stockyard Express
20-21528-1 and 20-21529-1 Detroit & Toledo Shore Line

Trainworld
20-21530-1 and 20-21531-1 New York Central

ABOUT THE GP-7/9 DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE

Electro-Motive Division's GP (for "General Purpose") engines were the brainchild of project engineer Dick Dilworth. In the late 1940s, Dilworth saw that America's 30,000 miles of main line rail had been virtually dieselized, but the 130,000 miles of secondary lines that carried half of the nation's freight traffic were still largely steam powered. He viewed that as a huge marketing opportunity.

In The Dilworth Story, a book published by Electro-Motive Division in 1954, Dilworth explained how he tried to meet that opportunity: "In planning the GP, I had two dreams. The first was to make a locomotive so ugly in appearance that no railroad would want it on the main line or anywhere near headquarters, but would keep it out as far as possible in the back country, where it could do really useful work. My second dream was to make it so simple in construction and so devoid of Christmas-tree ornaments and other whimsy that the price would be materially below our standard main-line freight locomotives."

Of course, Dilworth's explanation conveniently ignored the fact that Alco's arguably uglier RS-1 had introduced the road switcher concept eight years before EMD. And in one sense, Dilworth's project was a failure. Railroads bought Geeps for mainline service and relegated older power to secondary lines as they had always done. But his brainchild became the runaway best-seller among first-generation diesel power. U.S. and Canadian railroads bought nearly 7,000 copies of the 1500 horsepower GP7, introduced in 1949, and the 1750 horsepower GP9, produced from 1954 through 1963.

In those early days of diesel power, experienced engineers loved the Geep cab because, unlike the new streamliners, it felt like home to them. An engineer in a Geep running long hood forward sat near the back of the engine, looking out over the power plant - just as he had in a steam engine. Even running short hood forward, the engineer's view was out past the engine's nose, similar to a steamer.

Product Features

Product Features: 

  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • Detachable Snow Plow
  • (2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • O Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights
  • Lighted LED Cab Interior Light
  • Illuminated LED Number Boards
  • Lighted LED Marker Lights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Operating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Proto-Scale 3-2 3-Rail/2-Rail Conversion Capable
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures: 14 3/4” x 2 1/2” x 3 3/4”
  • Operates On O-31 Curves Diesel DCC Features
  • F0 Head/Tail light
  • F1 Bell
  • F2 Horn
  • F3 Start-up/Shut-down
  • F4 PFA
  • F5 Lights (except head/tail)
  • F6 Master Volume
  • F7 Front Coupler
  • F8 Rear Coupler
  • F9 Forward Signal
  • F10 Reverse Signal
  • F11 Grade Crossing
  • F12 Smoke On/Off
  • F13 Smoke Volume
  • F14 Idle Sequence 3
  • F15 Idle Sequence 2
  • F16 Idle Sequence 1
  • F17 Extended Start-up
  • F18 Extended Shut-down
  • F19 Rev Up
  • F20 Rev Down
  • F21 One Shot Doppler
  • F22 Coupler Slack
  • F23 Coupler Close
  • F24 Single Horn Blast
  • F25 Engine Sounds
  • F26 Brake Sounds
  • F27 Cab Chatter
  • F28 Feature Reset