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N Scale - Arnold Hornby - HN2256 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SW1 - Chicago & North Western - 1270

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N Scale - Arnold Hornby - HN2256 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SW1 - Chicago & North Western - 1270
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Stock Number HN2256
Original Retail Price $129.99
Brand Arnold Hornby
Manufacturer Arnold Hornby
Body Style Arnold Hornby Diesel Switcher SW1
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SW1 (Details)
Road or Company Name Chicago & North Western (Details)
Reporting Marks CNW
Road or Reporting Number 1270
Paint Color(s) Green and Yellow
Coupler Type NZT ProtoMate Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2015-11-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety SW1
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1938–1953
Scale 1/160
Track Gauge N standard

Model Information: Arnold Hornby introduced this model in 2015. The following is an excerpt from Peter Wisniewski's review and is used with his permission.

Arnold is a European-based manufacturer. Most European model RR manufacturers use a fairly similar packaging method, which usually results is the jewel case's lid not fully closing over the bottom part of the case. That is because the European manufacturers include a large bundle of paperwork inside the box. There is the standard parts diagram and list of part numbers, sometimes there is a write-up of the prototype's history, a warranty card (usually in a dozen of languages), and often some sort of inspection certificate. Some of those documents are letter-size pieces of paper, folded multiple times to fit in the box. All the paperwork creates a fairly thick bundle which is usually placed under the vacu-formed plastic nest for the model. However the jewel case and the nest aren't designed to hold that extra thickness of the paperwork. Because of that the nest sticks up over the top edge of the jewel case's bottom and the lid does not fully settle down over the bottom of the case. That often leads to the lid being rather loose. Several times I have almost dropped a loco out of the box by grabbing the case by the lid's sides, forgetting that the lid is not on tight.

There seems to be a bit of a compatibility problem between the Arnold and MT couplers. I am surprised that this was not mentioned when the U25C (which was the 1st model to use this coupler) was introduced. While I have not yet tested this model on a layout, I clearly see this problem on a piece of test track on my work bench.

Overall, I am quite happy with the model's appearance and performance. Thanks to its gearing ratio of 35:1, and a coreless motor with good torque, this model has excellent slow-speed performance and realistic top speed. It was able to pull 30 40-foot Micro-Trains boxcars on a flat and tangent track, but that number will go down as the train travels through curves or up an incline. Small switching locomotives don't normally pull 30 cars in any case. But the jury is still out on the longevity of those low-end coreless motors, since they do not have replaceable brushes. Hopefully replacement motors will be available from Arnold for years to come. While this model is not 100% perfect, Arnold has a winner on their hands.

DCC Information: Accepts a 6-pin NEM651 plug decoder.

Prototype History:
The EMD SW1 is a 600-horsepower (450 kW) diesel-electric switcher locomotive built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Corporation (later Division) between December 1938 and November 1953. Final assembly was at EMD's plant at LaGrange (McCook) Illinois. The SW1 was the second generation of 3,402 cu in (55.75 L) switcher from EMD, succeeding the SC (cast frame) and SW (welded frame). The most significant change from those earlier models was the use of an engine of EMD's own design, the then-new 567 engine, here in 600 hp (450 kW) V6 form. 661 locomotives of this design were built, not withstanding diesel switcher production having been suspended between 1942 and 1945 by the War Production Board, as the 567 engines were needed elsewhere, mainly for U.S. Navy LST vessels.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (reporting mark CNW) was a Class I railroad in the Midwestern United States. It was also known as the North Western. The railroad operated more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of track as of the turn of the 20th century, and over 12,000 miles (19,000 km) of track in seven states before retrenchment in the late 1970s.

Until 1972, when the company was sold to its employees, it was named the Chicago and North Western Railway. The C&NW became one of the longest railroads in the United States as a result of mergers with other railroads, such as the Chicago Great Western Railway, Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and others.

By 1995, track sales and abandonment had reduced the total mileage back to about 5,000. The majority of the abandoned and sold lines were lightly trafficked branches in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Large line sales, such as those that resulted in the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad further helped reduce the railroad to a mainline core with several regional feeders and branches.

The company was purchased by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in April 1995 and ceased to exist.

Brand/Importer Information:
Founded in 1906 by Karl Arnold in Nürnberg, K. Arnold & Co. began its life producing tin toys and related items. They produced an extensive line of model ships, doll house items and other toys. In 1935, K. Arnold & Co. hired Max Ernst as their managing director. Ernst, not to be confused with the German realist artist of the same name, was a significant factor in the future of Arnold.

On Max Ernst's 1976 retirement, Arnold employed perhaps 200 to 250 people, using three facilities in the Nuernberg area. The Company continued under family control until 1995, when Arnold went into bankruptcy and was sold to Rivarossi of Italy. Rivarossi, in turn, also went bankrupt, leading to the sale of all assets to Hornby of the United Kingdom. Production is carried out in China.

From Wikipedia

Item created by: gdm on 2016-02-01 12:27:10. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-10-25 12:07:52

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