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Atlas - 40 003 779 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP30 - Baltimore & Ohio - 6969

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Stock Number40 003 779
Original Retail Price$239.95
BrandAtlas
ManufacturerAtlas
Body StyleAtlas Diesel Engine GP30
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleLocomotive, Diesel, EMD GP30 (Details)
Road or Company NameBaltimore & Ohio (Details)
Reporting MarksB&O
Road or Reporting Number6969
Paint Color(s)Blue
Print Color(s)Yellow
Paint SchemeSunburst Scheme
Coupler TypeAccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Series NameGold Series
DCC ReadinessDC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder w/Sound
Release Date2020-03-22
Item CategoryLocomotives
Model TypeDiesel
Model SubtypeEMD
Model VarietyGP30 Phase 1
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale1/160



Series Information:
DCC OPERATION FEATURES:
  • Supports all DCC-programming modes
  • DCC includes RailCom and RailComPlus, with 14, 28 or 128 speed steps and with 2-digit and 4-digit addressing.
  • Flexible mapping of function keys F0 to F28.
  • A total of 6 DCC function outputs are available, and all can be function mapped (disable, brightness, light effects) individually
  • Follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices.
SOUND FUNCTIONALITY FEATURES
  • Early Gold Series equipped with ESU’s Exclusive "Full Throttle" features for ultimate realism in prototype running.
  • Over 20 sound effects are available, including engine start-up and shutdown, prime mover sounds through all eight notches, bell, air horn, air compressor, dynamic brakes and more.
  • There are up to 16 user-selectable horns, 2 user-selectable bells, and 2 user-selectable synchronized brake squeals.
  • 2024 Releases feature Soundtraxx Tsunami Decoder NMRA 21-pin plug.
    • Model Information: The first version of this engine was made by Roco for Atlas in 1974. These Austrian-made locomotives were available through the early 1980s. Then, in 1992 Atlas contracted with Kato in Japan to produce a new release of this model. Finally, Atlas switched to Chinese Manufacturing in 1997. They then retooled the Chinese version of the engine for DCC in 2006. The original Kato versions are solid runners with flywheels and body-mounted (Rapido) couplers. They also carry low-profile wheels. Some of the later Rapido-equipped models are easy to swap to MTL couplers by removing a simple plastic clip.

      The newest versions are modern split-frame designs with flywheels and a "slow speed" motor with "white" LED lights.
      DCC Information: Older versions of this model require a lot of love to make them work with DCC.

      Newer models, from 2006 on, accept 1.5 Amp N Scale Board Replacement Mobile Decoder for Atlas GP30 (DN163A4) from Digitrax.com. Be sure that you have one of the newer models in hand before ordering a decoder such as this one.
      Prototype History:
      The EMD GP30 is a 2,250 hp (1,680 kW) four-axle B-B diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois between July 1961 and November 1963. A total of 948 units were built for railroads in the United States and Canada (2 only), including 40 cabless B units for the Union Pacific Railroad.

      It was the first so-called "second generation" EMD diesel locomotive, and was produced in response to increased competition by a new entrant, General Electric's U25B, which was released roughly at the same time as the GP30. The GP30 is easily recognizable due to its high profile and stepped cab roof, unique among American locomotives. A number are still in service today in original or rebuilt form.

      From Wikipedia
      Road Name History:
      The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (reporting marks B&O, BO) is one of the oldest railroads in the United States and the first common carrier railroad. It came into being mostly because the city of Baltimore wanted to compete with the newly constructed Erie Canal (which served New York City) and another canal being proposed by Pennsylvania, which would have connected Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. At first this railroad was located entirely in the state of Maryland with an original line from the port of Baltimore west to Sandy Hook. At this point to continue westward, it had to cross into Virginia (now West Virginia) over the Potomac River, adjacent to the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. From there it passed through Virginia from Harpers Ferry to a point just west of the junction of Patterson Creek and the North Branch Potomac River where it crossed back into Maryland to reach Cumberland. From there it was extended to the Ohio River at Wheeling and a few years later also to Parkersburg, West Virginia.

      It is now part of the CSX Transportation (CSX) network, and includes the oldest operational railroad bridge in the USA. The B&O also included the Leiper Railroad, the first permanent horse-drawn railroad in the U.S. In later years, B&O advertising carried the motto: "Linking 13 Great States with the Nation." Part of the B&O Railroad's immortality has come from being one of the four featured railroads on the U.S. version of the board game Monopoly, but it is the only railroad on the board which did not serve Atlantic City, New Jersey, directly.

      When CSX established the B&O Railroad Museum as a separate entity from the corporation, some of the former B&O Mount Clare Shops in Baltimore, including the Mt. Clare roundhouse, were donated to the museum while the rest of the property was sold. The B&O Warehouse at the Camden Yards rail junction in Baltimore now dominates the view over the right-field wall at the Baltimore Orioles' current home, Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

      At the end of 1970 B&O operated 5552 miles of road and 10449 miles of track, not including the Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRT) or the Reading and its subsidiaries.

      Read more on Wikipedia.
      Brand/Importer Information:
      In 1924 Stephan Schaffan, Sr. founded the Atlas Tool Company in Newark, New Jersey. In 1933 his son, Stephan Schaffan, Jr., came to work for his father at the age of sixteen. Steve Jr. built model airplanes as a hobby and frequented a local hobby shop. Being an enterprising young man, he would often ask the owner if there was anything he could do to earn some extra spending money. Tired of listening to his requests, the hobby-store owner threw some model railroad track parts his way and said, "Here, see if you can improve on this".

      In those days, railroad modelers had to assemble and build everything from scratch. Steve Jr. created a "switch kit" which sold so well, that the entire family worked on them in the basement at night, while doing business as usual in the machine shop during the day.

      Subsequently, Steve Jr. engineered the stapling of rail to fiber track, along with inventing the first practical rail joiner and pre-assembled turnouts and flexible track. All of these products, and more, helped to popularize model railroading and assisted in the creation of a mass-market hobby. The budding entrepreneur quickly outgrew the limitations of a basement and small garage operation. Realizing they could actually make a living selling track and related products, Steve and his father had the first factory built in Hillside, New Jersey at 413 Florence Avenue in 1947. On September 30, 1949, the Atlas Tool Company was officially incorporated as a New Jersey company.

      In 1985, Steve was honored posthumously for his inventions by the Model Railroad Industry Association and was inducted into the Model Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Steve was nominated and entered into the National Model Railroad Association Pioneers of Model Railroading in 1995.

      In the early 1990s, the Atlas Tool Company changed its name to Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc.
      Item created by: CMK on 2020-03-22 06:50:33. Last edited by CMK on 2020-05-09 14:55:26

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