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N Scale - Atlas - 2106-A - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP15-1 - Union Pacific - 615

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N Scale - Atlas - 2106-A - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP15-1 - Union Pacific - 615


N Scale - Atlas - 2106-A - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP15-1 - Union Pacific - 615


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 2106-A
Manufacturer Atlas
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Diesel Engine GP15-1
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP15-1 (Details)
Road or Company Name Union Pacific (Details)
Reporting Marks UPY
Road or Reporting Number 615
Paint Color(s) Armour Yellow and Gray
Print Color(s) Red
Body Material Plastic
Multipack ID Number 2106
Multipack Element 1
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2010-09-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety GP15-1
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1976-1982
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Only available from Atlas Trainman Starter Set 2106

Model Information: This model is part of the Atlas Trainman line and it features:
  • Directional lighting;
  • DCC Ready;
  • Blackened metal wheels;
  • Dual flywheel equipped 5-pole skewed armature motor with a low friction mechanism.

DCC Information: This model is DCC ready. It accepts the following plug-in decoders (non-sound):
- Digitrax DN163A2: 1 Amp N Scale Board Replacement Mobile Decoder for Atlas GP30 (retired)
- Digitrax DN163A4: 1.5 Amp N Scale Board Replacement Mobile Decoder for Atlas GP30
- TCS ASD4: N-scale drop-in decoder for Atlas locomotives GP7/9, GP15, GP30, GP35
- NCE A12A2: N Scale Plug and Play decoder for the new Atlas "Classic" locomotives GP30, GP35, GP7, GP9

Prototype History:
The EMD GP15-1 is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between June 1976 and March 1982. Intended to provide an alternative to the rebuilding programs that many railroads were applying to their early road switchers, it is generally employed as a yard switcher or light road switcher. This locomotive is powered by a 12-cylinder EMD 645E engine, which generates 1,500 hp (1,119 kW). The GP15-1 uses a 50-foot-9-inch (15.47 m) frame, has a wheelbase of 29 ft 9 in (9.07 m) and has a length over couplers of 54 ft 11 in (16.74 m). A total of 310 units were built for American railroads. A number of GP15-1s remain in service today for yard work and light road duty. The radiator section is similar to those found on the EMD SD40T-2 and EMD SD45T-2 "tunnel motors," leading some observers to incorrectly identify the units as such or as GP15Ts, and giving them the nickname "baby tunnel motors".

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP) is a freight hauling railroad that operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Union Pacific Railroad network is the largest in the United States and employs 42,600 people. It is also one of the world's largest transportation companies.

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years Union Pacific Corporation has grown by acquiring other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Denver & Rio Grande Western).

Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is the BNSF Railway, the nation's second largest freight railroad, which also primarily services the Continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Together, the two railroads have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the U.S.

Read more on Wikipedia and on Union Pacific official website.

Brand/Importer Information:
In 1924 Stephan Schaffan, Sr. founded the Atlas Tool Company in Newark, New Jersey. In 1933 his son, Stephan Schaffan, Jr., came to work for his father at the age of sixteen. Steve Jr. built model airplanes as a hobby and frequented a local hobby shop. Being an enterprising young man, he would often ask the owner if there was anything he could do to earn some extra spending money. Tired of listening to his requests, the hobby-store owner threw some model railroad track parts his way and said, "Here, see if you can improve on this".

In those days, railroad modelers had to assemble and build everything from scratch. Steve Jr. created a "switch kit" which sold so well, that the entire family worked on them in the basement at night, while doing business as usual in the machine shop during the day.

Subsequently, Steve Jr. engineered the stapling of rail to fiber track, along with inventing the first practical rail joiner and pre-assembled turnouts and flexible track. All of these products, and more, helped to popularize model railroading and assisted in the creation of a mass-market hobby. The budding entrepreneur quickly outgrew the limitations of a basement and small garage operation. Realizing they could actually make a living selling track and related products, Steve and his father had the first factory built in Hillside, New Jersey at 413 Florence Avenue in 1947. On September 30, 1949, the Atlas Tool Company was officially incorporated as a New Jersey company.

In 1985, Steve was honored posthumously for his inventions by the Model Railroad Industry Association and was inducted into the Model Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Steve was nominated and entered into the National Model Railroad Association Pioneers of Model Railroading in 1995.

In the early 1990s, the Atlas Tool Company changed its name to Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2020-03-12 21:12:20. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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