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N Scale - Arnold Hornby - HN2221 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE U25C - Louisville & Nashville - 1500

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N Scale - Arnold Hornby - HN2221 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE U25C - Louisville & Nashville - 1500 Image courtesy of Arnold Hornby


Stock Number HN2221
Brand Arnold Hornby
Manufacturer Arnold Hornby
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Arnold Hornby Diesel Engine U25C
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, GE U25C (Details)
Road or Company Name Louisville & Nashville (Details)
Reporting Marks L&N
Road or Reporting Number 1500
Paint Color(s) Light Gray, Black, Yellow and Red
Coupler Type Generic Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2013-12-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety U25C
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 1958 - 1978
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: The Arnold/Hornby GE U25C was released in 2015. They later released the U28C in 2016. This is a beautiful model with terrific paint and detailing. The lighting scheme is amazing. The model performs excellently, running smoothly and quietly at all speeds, and able to pull 40+ 40' cars without an issue. It uses a 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels. It also features a very innovative lighting scheme which is quiet cool with constant lighting of the number boards and directional lighting on the head and tail lights.

On the less positive side, as with many other N Scale 6-axle locomotives), the minimum turning radius is 11". Also, the tiny handrails are a bit fragile. To remove the shell, one must unscrew and remove the couplers (which must be handled carefully, or they may fall apart). Overall, this is an excellent model.

DCC Information: It is DCC Ready, configured to accept standard NMRA 6-pin (NEM 651) decoder.

Prototype History:
The GE U25C was General Electric's first independent entry into the United States domestic Diesel-electric locomotive railroad market for heavy production road locomotives since 1936. From 1940 through 1953, GE participated in a design, production, and marketing consortium (Alco-GE) for diesel-electric locomotives with the American Locomotive Company. Starting in 1956 GE launched its Universal Series of diesel locomotives for the export market. The U25C was the first attempt at the domestic market since its termination of the consortium agreement with Alco.

The origin of the U25C grew out of the need for six axle locomotives to operate on a 12-mile heavy haul railroad to construct Oroville Dam. The General Electric salesman to Oro Dam Constructors offered essentially a U25B riding on six axle trucks. When the salesman got back to GE's Erie Plant it was discovered that no six axle U25 was available, nor did GE wish to construct a domestic six axle road switcher until the horsepower threshold reached 3000 horsepower. Rather than lose the four unit sale GE quickly began a design of a six axle U25 that relied heavily on the U25B for engineering. The U25C was longer than the U25B by four feet four inches. The extra length was needed to accommodate the improved Trimount trucks. Completed in September 1963 the U25C was the first six axle unit of the second generation of dieselization. Following quickly on the Oro Dam Constructor's order was an order by Atlantic Coast Line for four U25Cs. The ACL also ordered the first four Alco C628s. Both of these ACL orders were delivered in December 1963.

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Road Name History:
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad (reporting mark LN), commonly called the L&N, was a Class I railroad that operated freight and passenger services in the southeast United States.

Chartered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1850, the road grew into one of the great success stories of American business. Operating under one name continuously for 132 years, it survived civil war and economic depression and several waves of social and technological change. Under Milton H. Smith, president of the company for thirty years, the L&N grew from a road with less than three hundred miles (480 km) of track to a 6,000-mile (9,700 km) system serving thirteen states. As one of the premier Southern railroads, the L&N extended its reach far beyond its namesake cities, stretching to St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, and New Orleans. The railroad was economically strong throughout its lifetime, operating both freight and passenger trains in a manner that earned it the nickname, "The Old Reliable."

Growth of the railroad continued until its purchase and the tumultuous rail consolidations of the 1980s which led to continual successors. By the end of 1970, L&N operated 6,063 miles (9,757 km) of road on 10,051 miles (16,176 km) of track, not including the Carrollton Railroad.

In 1971 the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, successor to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, purchased the remainder of the L&N shares it did not already own, and the company became a subsidiary. By 1982 the railroad industry was consolidating quickly, and the Seaboard Coast Line absorbed the Louisville & Nashville Railroad entirely. Then in 1986, the Seaboard System merged with the C&O and B&O and the new combined system was known as the Chessie System. Soon after the combined company became CSX Transportation (CSX), which now owns and operates all of the former Louisville and Nashville lines.

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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.

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Item created by: gdm on 2016-04-27 09:49:02. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-12 19:29:55

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