Occasionally I would buy HO-scale models, mainly for the reason of liking the model for its aesthetic look and for display. This Amtrak California Dash 8-32BW from Atlas RR was purchased back in 2007/8 when I was still interested in American railroad (I still do). The Amtrak California runs in the state of California; my particular model is the San Joaquin, which runs from Bakersfield to Oakland/Sacramento.
Since I bought the Piko BR 185, an European loco, I thought I should bring out my American model for comparison.
You will notice stark differences between the American and European locos. The new generation American locos have higher cab position compared to the European ones. European railway networks are electrified compared to North American, which only certain corridors are e.g. North-East (Washington-New York). I understood that the Dash 8 cab design is a wide body cab design (hence, the W designation), which allows for crash impact protection.