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20-2780-1 Reading U30C PS2
GE U30C Diesel Engine w/Proto-Soundr 2.0

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GE U30C Diesel Engine w/Proto-Soundr 2.0 (Hi-Rail Wheels) - Reading
Cab Nos. 6300, 6301 & 6302 Product Number: 20-2780-1 M.S.R.P. $ 429.95 First appeared in: 2007 Volume 1 In 1953, Alco and General Electric went their separate ways, ending the partnership that had produced some of the handsomest first-generation diesel units, the FA and PA. Seven years later, GE was back in the market with the U25B, its first self-produced road locomotive and the product of an intensive research and development effort. By 1963, GE sales surpassed those of its former partner, and the company became a serious threat to EMD's market dominance. The nation's diesel builders were locked in a horsepower race as railroads bought second-generation power to replace the first-generation diesels that had killed the steam engine. In 1966, General Electric introduced the six-axle, 3000 hp U30C, aimed directly at EMD's equally powerful SD40.

While the U30C did not outsell the SD40, it became General Electric's best-selling "U-boat." It set the stage for GE to pull ahead of EMD in diesel sales by 1983, and stay ahead to this day. Over the course of a 10-year production run, nearly 600 U30Cs were sold to 17 class one railroads, while other roads such as Conrail acquired them in mergers. Union Pacific and Burlington Northern owned the largest fleets, with BN using its U30Cs to haul coal from the massive Powder River Basin deposits in Montana and Wyoming. Many U30Cs served nearly three decades before retirement in the early 1990s. New for 2007, GE's most popular Universal-series diesel joins the M.T.H. lineup, with all the features you expect in a Premier diesel: superb detailing; accurate paint schemes; bold, prototypical sounds; and smooth, steady operation at any speed from a crawl to full throttle.

•Intricately Detailed ABS Body
•Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
•Colorful Paint Scheme
•Metal Chassis
•Metal Handrails and Decorative Horn
•(2) Cab Figures
•Metal Body Side Grilles
•Directionally Controlled Headlights
•Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
•(2) Remotely Controlled Proto-Couplersr
•(2) Precision Flywheel Equipped Motors
•Locomotive Speed Control
•Lighted Cab Interior
•Illuminated Number Boards
•Lighted Marker Lights
•Operating Smoke Unit
•Proto-Scale 3-2 3-Rail/2-Rail Conversion Capable
•Proto-Sound 2.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
•Unit Measures:17 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 4 5/16"
•Operates On O-42 Curves