176-1971 EMD E8 Amtrak 'Day One' 4316

(UK RRP: £115)


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Prototype Information:

The E8 and E9 diesel locomotives share the similar “bulldog nose” carbody style as the shorter, more popular F7 and were powered by two separate 12-cylinder prime movers (i.e., diesel engines) capable of producing 2250/2400 hp. E8 and E9 locomotives also rode on A-1-A trucks (powered axle-idler axle-powered axle), resulting in an exceptionally smooth ride favored by crews. The E8 and E9 were produced in both A-units and cabless B-units; the A-units were usually built to railroad specification of either single or dual headlight and freight or passenger pilot. Like the F3 and F7 of the same time period, the E8 and E9 were utilized in both passenger and freight service.

Amtrak Day One Painting

- When Amtrak entered service in May 1971, E8A #4316 was painted for display in New York.
- A black body with Amtrak's 'Pointless Arrow' logo on both sides wrapped in blue and white stripes on the front. This paint later came to be called the Day One paint.

*The E8A Day One, which will be commercialized this time, uses a body with four side portholes, so the expression differs from the actual vehicle.

Enjoy arranging them together:
- Day One livery returns with ALC-42 for Amtrak's 50th anniversary!
- Side by side to enjoy the history of Amtrak.

Model Features:

  • Locomotives will be equipped with a mix of body and truck mounted KATO magnetic knuckle couplers.
  • Locomotives feature directional Golden White LED headlights and illuminated preprinted numberboards where appropriate.
  • Locomotives have a powerful five pole motor with all wheel electrical pickup and blackened wheels.
  • Locomotives are DCC friendly.
  • Drop in DCC compatible


1 review for 176-1971 EMD E8 Amtrak 'Day One' 4316

  1. Chris White (verified owner)

    Not tested yet, but a nicely detailed model and matches perfectly to the picture I have in my Amtrak book volume 1 , I have run Kato power units for many years and have had no problems with any of the locomotives I have had.

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