New Paint Schemes & Road Numbers!

Powered by a V12 FDL prime mover, the 2250 h.p. U23B was GE’s intermediate-sized four-axle road-switcher of the late 1960s through the mid 1970s. The U23B’s direct competitor during this period was the very successful EMD GP38. In 10 years of production from 1968 through 1977 a total of 481 units were produced, making this the second best seller of GE’s “Universal Series” locomotives. The first units were delivered to the Delaware & Hudson in August and September 1968. CSX predecessors Chesapeake & Ohio and Louisville & Nashville had a combined fleet of 120 units, giving CSX one of the larger active fleets in later years. Penn Central, Santa Fe and Missouri Pacific also purchased sizeable fleets of U23Bs.

Primary spotting features include a stepped-out radiator section and two sets of three tall engine access doors near the center of the long hood. During production, the U23B was equipped with various truck side frames, including Blomberg trucks from EMD trade-in locomotives, AAR-style trucks, or GE’s own four-axle “FB2” truck. One of these three truck styles is included on our model where appropriate per road name.

Today the number of active U23B’s has dwindled, but a handful can still be found working for short lines and regional railroads in North America.

Atlas Master Silver MSRP:
$149.95
Atlas Master Gold MSRP: $259.95
Estimated Delivery:
4th Quarter 2016

Features:

  • Snow plow (included when appropriate per road name)
  • Separately-applied scale detail parts include: windshield wipers, metal grab irons, coupler cut levers, multiple-unit hoses, train line hoses, fine scale handrails, drop steps and more!
  • Five pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
  • Directional lighting with Golden-white LEDs
  • Blackened metal wheels

Atlas Master™ Series Silver Additional Features:

  • NMRA 8-pin plug for DCC (Decoder-ready)

Sound Features for Gold Series :
(DCC Operation)

  • Supports all DCC-programming modes
  • Flexible mapping of function keys F0 to F28.
  • A total of six DCC function outputs are available
  • Follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices.

Analog (DC) Operation:

  • The LokSound Select Dual-Mode decoder allows your Atlas Gold Series locomotive to be used on DC as well as on DCC layouts.
    • Please note that the Atlas Quantum Engineer will NOT operate an Atlas Gold Series locomotive equipped with a LokSound Select decoder on an analog (DC) layout. However, the sound and lighting
    functions of the LokSound Select decoder in the Atlas Gold Series U23B locomotive can be controlled by an easy-to-use basic DCC system.
  • Also note that on a DC-powered layout, a DCC and sound equipped locomotive (such as the Atlas Gold Series U23B) CANNOT be consisted with another locomotive that does not also have both DCC and sound. (This statement does NOT apply to DCC-equipped locomotives operating on a DCC layout.)

Sound Functionality:

  • 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 16 user-selectable horns, 2 user-selectable bells, and 2 user-selectable synchronized brake squeals.
  • Manual and Automatic Notching modes with the ability to change modes ”on the fly” are provided for true realism.
AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.
Silver Item# Road Name Road Number Gold Item#
HO U23B Low Nose Locomotive
10 000 810 Undecorated w/AAR Trucks w/o Low Nose H/L   - 10 000 839
10 000 811 Undecorated w/FB-2/Blomberg Trucks w/o Low Nose H/L - 10 000 840
Road Numbers Back by Popular Demand!
10 002 164 MKT (Green/Yellow) 350 10 002 185
10 002 165 MKT (Green/Yellow) 351 10 002 186
10 002 166 MKT (Green/Yellow) 352 10 002 187
New Road Numbers!
10 002 167 C&O* (Blue/Yellow) 2300 10 002 188
10 002 168 C&O* (Blue/Yellow) 2303 10 002 189
10 002 169 C&O* (Blue/Yellow) 2322 10 002 190
10 002 170 Conrail (Blue/White) 2748 10 002 191
10 002 171 Conrail (Blue/White) 2759 10 002 192
10 002 172 Conrail (Blue/White) 2774 10 002 193
10 002 173 Western Pacific (Green/Orange) 2254 10 002 194
10 002 174 Western Pacific (Green/Orange) 2256 10 002 195
10 002 175 Western Pacific (Green/Orange) 2265 10 002 196
New Paint Scheme!
10 002 176 Erie Lackawanna++ (Gray/Maroon/Yellow) 2301 10 002 197
10 002 177 Erie Lackawanna++ (Gray/Maroon/Yellow) 2314 10 002 198
10 002 178 Erie Lackawanna++ (Gray/Maroon/Yellow) 2320 10 002 199
HO U23B High Nose Locomotive
10 000 832 Undecorated w/ AAR Trucks - 10 000 861
New Road Numbers!
10 002 179 Norfolk Southern (Black/White) 3900 10 002 200
10 002 180 Norfolk Southern (Black/White) 3919 10 002 201
10 002 181 Norfolk Southern (Black/White) 3928 10 002 202
New Paint Scheme!
10 002 182 Georgia Central (Black/White) 3910 10 002 203
10 002 183 Georgia Central (Black/White) 3917 10 002 204
10 002 184 Georgia Central (Black/White) 3928 10 002 205

*CSX Licensed Product
Products bearing MKT and Western Pacific marks are made under trademark license from Union Pacific Railroad Company.
++ Alternate History Paint Scheme - Erie Lackawanna had U23B locomotives on order from GE but the order was cancelled in advance of the creation of Conrail. This paint scheme is based on the actual GE paint diagram for the EL production order.

 

 

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