My apparent obsession with the EMD GP30 and the mating worms of the Penn Central continues. The latest locomotive to be released from the NYCTL paint shop is GP30 #2228. The model, a Bachmann Spectrum product, was recently purchased second hand wearing U.P. colors and lettering. While the U.P. is a fine looking paint scheme and brings thoughts of railroading success as they are still standing today it did not fit my needs to model a dip black paint scheme that would symbolize bankruptcy and ultimate failure. I admit a brace of colorful U.P. diesels can be quite pleasing to the eye as they haul long strings of freight cars from the Windy City to the West Coast. But come on now.
On the prototype the New York Central purchased 10 of the 2250 horsepower GP30s that were introduced in 1961. The Pennsylvania used the GP30 as it's first second generation diesel and purchased 52 units. On the Penn Central the GP30s were numbered 2188 - 2249. The 10 NYC units did not have dynamic brakes but the bulging brake blister shoulders looked the same with or without the dynamic brake feature. The Penn Central assigned the NYC units to Collinwood and it's flat terrain. The PRR units were scattered in small groups to eastern yards like Enola and Conway. The PC GP30s were used in both symbol and secondary freight service.
On the layout the 2228 joins Penn Central GP30 #2232 (sporting the Red "P" PC herald), three custom painted New York Central GP30s, two PRR GP30s that belong to my son and a B&O GP30 that belongs to my other son. All are from the Bachmann Spectrum line and they run extremely well singly or in multiple unit lash ups. They are very heavy and require little voltage to move long heavy trains making them ideal for the NYCTL.