This release of Atlas' C420 represents both low and high short hood phase 1 models. All low nose models on this run represent locomotives originally owned by Lehigh Valley. The LV C420s were transferred to Delaware & Hudson when Conrail was formed in 1976. LV 405 was later sold by the D&H but eventually returned to home territory in Scranton, PA and is now operating as Delaware-Lackawanna 405 in their attractive gray/white "corporate" scheme.
All high short hood models on this run represent locomotives originally owned by the Long Island RR. The Long Island models are decorated in the later "MTA" blue & yellow paint scheme. When their lease expired in 1976, LI's phase 1 C420s were initially sent to storage on the Delaware & Hudson and Morristown & Erie railroads. Some were leased by the D&H for a short time in 1977 and operated in patched LI blue & yellow paint. All were eventually sold to various railroads throughout North America. Canada is represented on this run by Roberval & Saguenay, a Quebec shortline. Mexico is represented by two Nacionales de México C420s. These locomotives are notable as being some of the few N de M diesels set up to run long hood forward and their paint scheme reflects this. Two short lines round out the set with Buffalo Southern 2010 being a former Susquehanna unit that is still in service today. The short-lived Vermont Northern operated a line that eventually became the Lamoille Valley Railroad.
Now with 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
Blackened metal wheels
Scale Speed motor
Factory installed AccuMate magnetic couplers
Besides the features provided by earlier Atlas decoders, the new 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.