By Railroad Model Craftsman Staff
Atlas Model Railroad Co. Inc. has announced that it is releasing a new run of its HO scale General Electric U30C locomotive that will feature all-new tooling.
While Atlas has offered Phase II and Phase III U30C models before, this run will represent a Phase 1 version of the locomotive, of which there were 24 built.
The first U30Cs were built with a radiator design outwardly similar to U28Cs, featuring a tall rectangular section sitting at the peak of the radiator section. Phase I U30Cs were built between November 1966 and July 1967, with final U30C production concluding in October of 1976.
The General Electric U30C replaced the 2,800 horsepower U28C. These 3,000 horsepower locomotives were GE’s answer to the SD40 locomotive, produced by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors. GE sold more than 600 U30Cs over ten years, making it the most successful of GE’s Universal-series locomotives.
Atlas will offer the newly tooled HO scale Phase I U30C in six different road names: Delaware & Hudson, Reading, Pennsylvania, Chessie System, Seaboard Coast Line and Conrail. Three different road numbers are provided per road name. Additional improvements in this production from Atlas will include an all-new redesigned crew cab with highly accurate roof contours and window arrangements. The Atlas Phase I U30Cs is expected to arrive this Fall.
For more information about this and other upcoming releases, visit the Atlas website.