The N.Y.C.T.L. Purchasing Department recently acquired a second hand Athearn BB A.T.S.F. U30B for a paint project. I've long wanted to add a PC B boat to my fleet and after disastrous results from an earlier attempt with some second hand B30-7s this U30B project came to be.
PROTOTYPE INFORMATION: General Electric Universal series four axle 3,000 hp locomotive with an FDL-16 (V-16) turbocharged prime mover and equipped with dynamic brakes they were delivered to the New York Central from November 1966 to December 1967. A total of fifty eight units were delivered numbered from 2830-2857 and 2860-2869. Numbers 2858 and 2859 were actually U33Bs. Classed by the NYC as GF30s (General Electric Freight 3,000 hp). #2830-2839 were built with traded in Fairbanks Morse trucks. Later replaced with GE-Alco trucks after merger. Cosmetically these units were delivered sans New York Central lettering on the long hood and with NYC heralds on the cab sides and front.
All of the above units were in service at the time of the NYC - PRR merger. The NYC was the only PC predecessor to have purchased this model. During the PC era these units were assigned to Selkirk as their maintenance base and could be found on symbol trains like LS-1, TV-42, NG-3 and NY-4.
MODEL INFORMATION: Older Athearn U30B bought second hand. Model stripped of paint in 91% alcohol and painted with rattle can black. Microcale Decals applied and sealed with Model Master clear flat. Mechanical upgrades include extensive cleaning, hard wiring motor and adding KD#5 couplers.
PROJECT SUMMARY: Mechanical Upgrades.
The white number boards are prototypical for the U30B
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