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Body Style 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 Information: The U25C was General Electric's first six-axle road switcher intended for the United States domestic market. Launched in September 1963, it remained in production until December 1965. It was replaced by the U28C. From Wikipedia
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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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.
Item created by: gdm on 2016-04-27 09:49:32
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