Bachmann GP30 Locomotive Roster
Burlington Northern GP30 Locomotive
No. 637 -1979 release
No. 41-630-03 -1982 release
The original release Bachmann Burlington Northern GP30 of the late 1970s was identical to the one sold previously by Lionel-HO, with the only external difference being the name found on the model’s fuel tank bottom. Bachmann substituted silver in place of the roofline black color on Burlington Northern models beginning the early 1980s. Lettering for either example is similar and both models included road number 181, also shared with the Lionel-HO Burlington Northern GP30.
Chessie System GP30 Locomotive
No. 638 -1979 release
No. 41-630-09 -1982 release
Santa Fe GP30 Locomotive
No. 636 -1979 release
No. 41-630-02 -1982 release
Southern Railway GP30 Locomotive
No. 702 -1979 release
No. 41-630-04 -1982 release
Bev-Bel for many years released special runs of others company’s items in road names unavailable otherwise. The above example shows Bev-Bel’s Santa Fe Freight Warbonnet scheme GP30. The shell is the standard Bachmann GP30. Bev-Bel sold models such as this as a shell-only release.
Bev-Bel also released a collection of GP30 models that featured the Bachmann GP30 shell riding on an Athearn GP35 drive. Bev-Bel offered this combination Bachmann shell/Athearn drive GP30 in both powered and non-powered examples. Roadnames in the Bev-Bel GP30 line included: Undecorated, Baltimore & Ohio, Burlington Northern, Chessie System, Pennsylvania, Santa Fe, Southern, and Union Pacific.
Front Range offered a variety of freight cars and a few diesels in the HO-scale market beginning in the 1980s. Front Range offered better performance drives built to ride under shells produced by other companies. Among the offerings of this type, Front Range sold a drive made for the Kader GP30 shell. Later, Front Range went a step further and offered a complete GP30 model that featured its drive and included a Bachmann shell. Towards the end of Front Range’s existence, the company announced an all-new tooling GP30 shell, as seen in the accompanying advertisement. This all Front Range GP30 never was produced.
Front Range listed GP30 decorated for the following: Undecorated (8100-1), Santa Fe (8101-2), Burlington Northern (8102-3), Chessie (8103-4), Southern (8104-5), Pennsylvania (8105-6), Milwaukee Road (8106-7), Southern Pacific (8107-8), Rio Grande (8108-9), Baltimore & Ohio (8109-10), and Chesapeake & Ohio (8110-11).