New Paint Schemes & Road Numbers!

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ALCO built a total of 131 Century 420 locomotives between 1963 and 1969, when the builder ceased all new locomotive production.

Powered by a 12-cylinder, turbocharged, 2,000-hp 251-series prime mover, the C420’s direct competitor in 1963 was the EMD GP18. In fact, EMD did not offer a 12-cylinder, 2,000-hp prime mover until the GP39 model was produced in 1969. The shorter 12-cylinder engine block allowed the C420 to have its distinctive set-back cab and extended short hood.

The first road to purchase the C420 was the Lehigh & Hudson River, with its first two units built in 1963. The largest fleet was purchased by the Long Island Railroad, with 30 units built between 1963 and 1968. All were equipped with a high short hood which housed a steam generator for passenger service. Over time, the largest fleet of C420s was amassed by the Louisville & Nashville. While only 26 units were purchased new, their total fleet grew to well over 60 units through mergers and acquisitions. The C420 can still be found in daily service today in the US. Currently the largest fleet of C420s is operated by the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. This run of Atlas C420 Locomotives feature Phase 2 versions, featuring both Low & High Nose models. Early phase 2 locomotives feature phase 1-style walkways/sills with stanchions mounted into the top walkway deck (referred to as “Phase 2a” models). Later phase 2 locomotives feature a revised configuration where the stanchions are mounted to the sides of the sill (referred to as “Phase 2b” models). Phase 2a production ran from December 1964 through September 1965. Phase 2b units were produced from December 1965 through the end of C420 locomotive production in August 1968.

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Standard MSRP:
$129.95
Decoder-Equipped MSRP: $164.95
Estimated Delivery:
4th Quarter 2015

Features:

  • NCE Decoders
  • Flat or "step" pilots used where appropriate
  • Long hood with or without dynamic brake used where appropriate
  • 3,100 or 2,400 gallon fuel tank used when appropriate per road name
  • Separately-applied coupler cut levers
  • Painted safety rails
  • Dual flywheels
  • Directional lighting
  • Blackened metal wheels
  • Scale Speed™ motor
  • Factory installed AccuMate® magnetic couplers

Atlas/NCE N-scale decoders offer the following additional  capabilities.

  • Both short and long addresses can be programmed on main line (Ops Mode)
  • Silent Running™ motor drive*
  • Torque Compensation for ultra smooth low speed performance
  • Programmable Start, Mid and Maximum speed CVs that work in all speed modes
  • Four function outputs with lighting effects generators that allow you to select from 15 different lighting behaviors (Ditch lights, Mars light, strobes, beacon, flicker, etc)

* Silent Running is a registered trademark of NCE Corporation

AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.

Standard Item# Road Name Road Number DCC Item#
N C420 Ph.2A Low Nose Locomotive
40 002 326 Undecorated (w/o nose light, w/ DB)  - -
New Paint Scheme!
40 002 327 Seaboard Coast Line*† (Black/Yellow) 1215 40 002 351
40 002 328 Seaboard Coast Line*† (Black/Yellow) 1224 40 002 352
40 002 329 Seaboard Coast Line*† (Black/Yellow) 1236 40 002 353
N C420 Ph.2B Low Nose Locomotive
40 002 330 Undecorated (w/o nose light, w/ DB)  - -
New Road Numbers!
40 002 331 Lehigh & Hudson River† (Gray/Blue) 23 40 002 354
40 002 332 Lehigh & Hudson River† (Gray/Blue) 28 40 002 355
New Paint Schemes!
40 002 333 Cuyahoga Valley Scenic† (Black/Yellow/Red) 365 40 002 356
40 002 334 Guilford (Delaware & Hudson) (Gray/Orange) 420 40 002 357
40 002 335 Tennessee Central (Black/White) 400 40 002 358
40 002 336 Tennessee Central (Black/White) 401 40 002 359
N C420 Ph.2A High Nose Locomotive
40 002 337 Undecorated (w/ DB) - -
New Paint Schemes!
40 002 338 Norfolk & Western† (Black/Yellow) 413 40 002 360
40 002 339 Norfolk & Western† (Black/Yellow) 417 40 002 361
40 002 340 Norfolk & Western (w/NW)† (Black/White) 415 40 002 362
40 002 341 Norfolk & Western (w/NW)† (Black/White) 416 40 002 363
N C420 Ph.2B High Nose Locomotive
40 002 342 Undecorated (w/ DB) - -
New Paint Schemes!
40 002 343 Long Island (Blue/White "Wave") 224 40 002 364
40 002 344 Long Island (Blue/White "Wave") 226 40 002 365
40 002 345  Long Island (Blue/White "Wave") 229 40 002 366
40 002 346 Long Island (Blue/White/Red "Wave") 222 40 002 367
40 002 347 Long Island (Blue/White/Red "Wave") 225 40 002 368
40 002 348 Long Island (Blue/White/Red "Wave") 227 40 002 369
40 002 349 Louisville & Nashville* (Gray/Yellow) 1318 40 002 370
40 002 350 Louisville & Nashville* (Gray/Yellow) 1319 40 002 371

*CSX Licensed Product †includes dynamic brake detail
Long Island RR models will include AAR trucks

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