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N Scale - Arnold - UNKNOWN - Locomotive, Diesel, Baldwin VO-1000 - Painted/Unlettered - 204

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N Scale - Arnold - UNKNOWN - Locomotive, Diesel, Baldwin VO-1000 - Painted/Unlettered - 204


Brand Arnold
Stock Number UNKNOWN
Manufacturer Arnold Rapido
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Arnold Rapido Diesel Switcher Baldwin
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, Baldwin VO-1000 (Details)
Road or Company Name Painted/Unlettered (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 204
Paint Color(s) Red and Black with Yellow Stripes
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
DCC Readiness No
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Baldwin
Model Variety Switcher
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Arnold first produced this model in 1962. It was one of their earliest N Scale locomotives. This model was never retooled as Arnold gained increasing capability and sophistication in their production of N Scale engines, and was consequently retired by the early 1970s. No, it doesn't run very well and yes the body shell lacks detail and crisp painting. But, as one of the first N Scale models, it is of historical significance. It roughly models a Baldwin Switcher that could be inspired by a VO-1000, but that is giving a very wide latitude to the term 'roughly'. It has pizza cutter wheels that really are so deep they won't handle turnouts well much less run on Code 55 track.

Prototype History:
The Baldwin VO-1000 was a diesel-electric locomotive (switcher) built by Baldwin Locomotive Works between January, 1939 and December, 1946. The 236,260–242,200 lb (107,170–109,860 kg) units were powered by a normally aspirated eight-cylinder diesel engine rated at 1,000 horsepower (746 kW), and rode on a pair of two-axle trucks in a B-B wheel arrangement. These were either the AAR Type-A switcher trucks, or the Batz truck originally developed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway as a leading truck for steam locomotives. 548 examples of this model were built for American railroads, including examples for the Army and Navy.

Between June and August, 1945 Baldwin supplied 30 Co-Co road locomotives with 8-cylinder VO engines for export to the Soviet Union as their Дб20 (Db20) class.

There are at least eight intact examples of the VO-1000 that are known to survive today, most of which are owned by museums or historical societies. However, a VO-1000m is owned by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, a local freight carrier based out of Schellville, California.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
Some items are designed to have their owner add whatever company marking they choose, usually in the form of decals or dry-transfers. These items are painted in a generic prototypical fashion but with all company affiliation deliberately left off.


Brand/Importer Information:
Founded in 1906 by Karl Arnold in Nuernberg, 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.

There are several distinct phases of Arnold's model train production. In the period of 1960 - 1962, Arnold marketed the Arnold Rapido 200 product line; this line was very crude yet it also was a sensation because of its much smaller size than TT.

The next phase was from 1963-1967, when the rapido product line begins to swing toward scale representations of the trains. It is during this period that the "Rapido Coupler" comes into production, beginning its widespread use by all model train manufacturers in N-Scale. It was in 1964 that the term "N-Scale" came into use. Between 1968 and 1970, rapido line of trains reached maturity, notably with its turntable and roundhouse. Arnold entered into a business relationship with the U.S. company Revell around 1968, beginning the marketing of Revell Rapido model trains. This relationship was marked by the beginning of production of more accurate North American prototype models by Arnold. This relationship continued for several years, ending in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Arnold continued their expanded production, with new models until the early 1990s.

On Max Ernst's 1976 retirement, Arnold employed perhaps 200 to 250 people, using three facilities in the Nurnberg 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 2018-08-27 10:03:38. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-09-13 11:51:16

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