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20-20106-1 P&LE U28B PS2
P&LE U28B Diesel Engine - With Proto-Sound

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Product Line: Premier
Roadname: Pittsburgh Lake Erie
U28B Diesel Engine - With Proto-Sound 2.0 (Hi-Rail Wheels) - Pittsburgh & Lake Erie
Cab Nos. 2808
Product Number: 20-20106-1 M.S.R.P. $ 429.95 First appeared in: Uncataloged Items By 1960, EMD - the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors - looked like the clear winner in the race to dieselize America. ALCo was running a distant second, Baldwin was gone, and Fairbanks-Morse was on life support. General Electric, having dissolved its partnership with ALCo in 1953, had seemingly settled into a secondary role as supplier of electrical gear to other manufacturers and builder of small export locomotives. What nobody realized was that GE had quietly been preparing a comeback of such epic proportions that in little more than two decades it would overtake EMD as America's number one locomotive builder - a lead that continues to this day. GE's comeback engine was the U25B.
Identical in carbody to the U25B pause 4's, the U28B's were built in 1966 and 22 of the locomotives were sold to the "water level route" of the Pennsylvania & Lake Erie Railroad. The route that followed the Ohio, Beaver, Monongahela, and Mahoning rivers was the highest generating revenue per mile of any New York City subsidiary at the time; giving the railway its nickname-the Little Giant. At 60'2" in length and sporting a slightly more powerful, 2800hp motor, the U28B could only be differentiated from its U25 counterpart by internal components. The U28B did not have dynamic breaks and rode on the standard AAR tricks that previous ALCO and GE diesels used. The hood air intakes now sat directly behind the cab and the radiator housing projects out from the hood over screen.

Frequently called the "U-Boat" the carbody of this locomotive was pressurized to keep dirt out of the machinery, and the locomotive featured an advanced wheel-slip system. These features helped define the second generation of diesel power, which would replace the F-units, Geeps, and other pioneering engines that were wearing out.

New for 2010, M.T.H. introduces our superbly detailed model of America's first second-generation diesel. Painted in in the NYC paint scheme but with some added Pittsburgh & Lake Erie yellow handrails and stanchions, the U28B with its later-production version with split windshield and sloping nose is a great addition to any train collection.
•Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
•Intricately Detailed ABS Body
•Authentic Paint Scheme
•Metal Body Side Grilles
•Moveable Roof Fan Blades
•Metal Chassis
•Metal Handrails and Decorative Horn
•Directionally Controlled Headlights
•Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
•(2) Remotely Controlled Proto-Couplers®
•(2) Precision Flywheel Equipped Motors
•Lighted Cab Interior
•Illuminated Number Boards
•Operating Smoke Unit
•(2) Engineer Cab Figures
•Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
•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:16” x 3 1/8” x 4”
•Operates On O-36 Curves