{"id":2200228724795,"title":"MTH 30-20662-1 - C630 Diesel Engine \"Chesapeake \u0026 Ohio\" #2101 w\/ PS3","handle":"30-20662-1","description":"\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Name: Chesapeake \u0026amp; Ohio\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Number: 2101\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: RailKing\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eScale: O Scale\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRelease: Dec. 2019\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n[TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIntricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Chassis\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Handrails and Horn\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAuthentic Paint Scheme\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Wheels, Axles and Gears\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrototypical Rule 17 Lighting\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDirectionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLighted LED Cab Interior Light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIlluminated LED Number Boards\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOnboard DCC\/DCS Decoder\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLocomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e1:48 Scale Proportions\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Freight Yard Proto-Effects\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUnit Measures: 18 x 2 1\/2 x 3 3\/4\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperates On O-31 Curves\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cb\u003eDiesel DCC Features\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF0 Head\/Tail light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF1 Bell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF2 Horn\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF3 Start-up\/Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF4 PFA\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF5 Lights (except head\/tail)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF6 Master Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF7 Front Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF8 Rear Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF9 Forward Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF10 Reverse Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF11 Grade Crossing\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF12 Smoke On\/Off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF13 Smoke Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF14 Idle Sequence 3\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF15 Idle Sequence 2\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF16 Idle Sequence 1\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF17 Extended Start-up\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF18 Extended Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF19 Rev Up\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF20 Rev Down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF21 One Shot Doppler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF22 Coupler Slack\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF23 Coupler Close\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF24 Single Horn Blast\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF25 Engine Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF26 Brake Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF27 Cab Chatter\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF28 Feature Reset\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverview:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe Century series was Alco's last stand. Like Baldwin's Shark-nose diesels a decade before, the Century lineup, introduced in 1963, was a final attempt by one of America's big three steam builders to stay relevant in the diesel market. Just three years earlier, former Alco partner General Electric had inaugurated the second generation of diesel power with its innovative U25B, and would soon usurp Alco as the number two firm in the locomotive business - a business dominated by an auto maker. With its back against the wall, Alco resorted to sheer muscle to try to win new orders.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the early 1960s, the generation of engines that had dieselized America was beginning to wear out. As manufacturers marketed second generation replacement power, one of their key selling points was \"unit reduction\" - replacement of lower-power first generation units with a smaller number of new, higher-power units. When it introduced the Century series with the C-628 (\"Century series, 6-axle, 2800 hp\"), Alco's salesmen could rightfully boast they were selling \"the most powerful single engine diesel locomotive ever built in the United States.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn an attempt to address dependability issues that had dogged earlier Alco diesels, Alco's designers incorporated numerous reliablity improvements into the Century series - including pressurized air circulation in the engine room to keep out dirt (an idea pioneered on GE's U-boats) and a claimed 8 years between major engine overhauls. Alco's salesmen boasted the C-series would cut operating costs by a whopping 44% versus a 10-year-old engine.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn 1965, when they upped the ante with the 3000 hp C-630, Alco still offered a more powerful locomotive than either of its rivals, GE and EMD. 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Ohio\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRoad Number: 2101\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: RailKing\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eScale: O Scale\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRelease: Dec. 2019\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n[TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIntricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Chassis\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Handrails and Horn\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAuthentic Paint Scheme\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Wheels, Axles and Gears\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrototypical Rule 17 Lighting\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDirectionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLighted LED Cab Interior Light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIlluminated LED Number Boards\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOnboard DCC\/DCS Decoder\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLocomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e1:48 Scale Proportions\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Freight Yard Proto-Effects\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUnit Measures: 18 x 2 1\/2 x 3 3\/4\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperates On O-31 Curves\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cb\u003eDiesel DCC Features\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF0 Head\/Tail light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF1 Bell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF2 Horn\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF3 Start-up\/Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF4 PFA\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF5 Lights (except head\/tail)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF6 Master Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF7 Front Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF8 Rear Coupler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF9 Forward Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF10 Reverse Signal\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF11 Grade Crossing\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF12 Smoke On\/Off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF13 Smoke Volume\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF14 Idle Sequence 3\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF15 Idle Sequence 2\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF16 Idle Sequence 1\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF17 Extended Start-up\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF18 Extended Shut-down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF19 Rev Up\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF20 Rev Down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF21 One Shot Doppler\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF22 Coupler Slack\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF23 Coupler Close\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF24 Single Horn Blast\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF25 Engine Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF26 Brake Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF27 Cab Chatter\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eF28 Feature Reset\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverview:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe Century series was Alco's last stand. Like Baldwin's Shark-nose diesels a decade before, the Century lineup, introduced in 1963, was a final attempt by one of America's big three steam builders to stay relevant in the diesel market. Just three years earlier, former Alco partner General Electric had inaugurated the second generation of diesel power with its innovative U25B, and would soon usurp Alco as the number two firm in the locomotive business - a business dominated by an auto maker. With its back against the wall, Alco resorted to sheer muscle to try to win new orders.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the early 1960s, the generation of engines that had dieselized America was beginning to wear out. As manufacturers marketed second generation replacement power, one of their key selling points was \"unit reduction\" - replacement of lower-power first generation units with a smaller number of new, higher-power units. When it introduced the Century series with the C-628 (\"Century series, 6-axle, 2800 hp\"), Alco's salesmen could rightfully boast they were selling \"the most powerful single engine diesel locomotive ever built in the United States.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn an attempt to address dependability issues that had dogged earlier Alco diesels, Alco's designers incorporated numerous reliablity improvements into the Century series - including pressurized air circulation in the engine room to keep out dirt (an idea pioneered on GE's U-boats) and a claimed 8 years between major engine overhauls. Alco's salesmen boasted the C-series would cut operating costs by a whopping 44% versus a 10-year-old engine.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn 1965, when they upped the ante with the 3000 hp C-630, Alco still offered a more powerful locomotive than either of its rivals, GE and EMD. The C-630 gained 200 extra horsepower not with a larger engine, but with an advanced traction alternator supplied by its rival GE. Visually, the key difference from the earlier C-628 was a pronounced hump in the C-630's roof, housing an aftercooler radiator that enhanced performance.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUnfortunately, however, in less than a year the C-630 had serious competition: EMD's 3000 hp SD40 and GE's equally powerful U30C. It didn't help that the C-630 was a beast, 4' longer and 30 tons heavier than the SD40, and thus much tougher on track. EMD's offer turned into a best-seller, with over 1200 units sold, while the U-30C sold a respectable 600 engines - and Alco's salemen moved just 133 units in the U.S. and Canada. Four years after the C-630 debuted, Alco shuttered its Schenectady locomotive plant and sold its designs to its Canadian cousin, the Montreal Locomotive Works. But after many changes in corporate ownership, Alco designs are still alive today in India, where a large number of diesels are driven by descendants of the same Alco 251 diesel motor that powered the Century series.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBring the brute strength of the C-630 to your layout with this first-ever RailKing Scale model. Listen to the chant of an Alco prime mover, haul heavy tonnage like the prototype at speeds from a crawl to full throttle, and even double- or triple-head with any combination of M.T.H. diesels - all thanks to Proto-Sound 3.0.\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

MTH 30-20662-1 - C630 Diesel Engine "Chesapeake & Ohio" #2101 w/ PS3

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Product Description
  • Road Name: Chesapeake & Ohio
  • Road Number: 2101
  • Product Line: RailKing
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Release: Dec. 2019
Features:
  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • (2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights
  • Lighted LED Cab Interior Light
  • Illuminated LED Number Boards
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Operating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures: 18 x 2 1/2 x 3 3/4
  • Operates On O-31 Curves 
Diesel DCC Features
  • F0 Head/Tail light
  • F1 Bell
  • F2 Horn
  • F3 Start-up/Shut-down
  • F4 PFA
  • F5 Lights (except head/tail)
  • F6 Master Volume
  • F7 Front Coupler
  • F8 Rear Coupler
  • F9 Forward Signal
  • F10 Reverse Signal
  • F11 Grade Crossing
  • F12 Smoke On/Off
  • F13 Smoke Volume
  • F14 Idle Sequence 3
  • F15 Idle Sequence 2
  • F16 Idle Sequence 1
  • F17 Extended Start-up
  • F18 Extended Shut-down
  • F19 Rev Up
  • F20 Rev Down
  • F21 One Shot Doppler
  • F22 Coupler Slack
  • F23 Coupler Close
  • F24 Single Horn Blast
  • F25 Engine Sounds
  • F26 Brake Sounds
  • F27 Cab Chatter
  • F28 Feature Reset
                                          Overview:

                                          The Century series was Alco's last stand. Like Baldwin's Shark-nose diesels a decade before, the Century lineup, introduced in 1963, was a final attempt by one of America's big three steam builders to stay relevant in the diesel market. Just three years earlier, former Alco partner General Electric had inaugurated the second generation of diesel power with its innovative U25B, and would soon usurp Alco as the number two firm in the locomotive business - a business dominated by an auto maker. With its back against the wall, Alco resorted to sheer muscle to try to win new orders.

                                          In the early 1960s, the generation of engines that had dieselized America was beginning to wear out. As manufacturers marketed second generation replacement power, one of their key selling points was "unit reduction" - replacement of lower-power first generation units with a smaller number of new, higher-power units. When it introduced the Century series with the C-628 ("Century series, 6-axle, 2800 hp"), Alco's salesmen could rightfully boast they were selling "the most powerful single engine diesel locomotive ever built in the United States."

                                          In an attempt to address dependability issues that had dogged earlier Alco diesels, Alco's designers incorporated numerous reliablity improvements into the Century series - including pressurized air circulation in the engine room to keep out dirt (an idea pioneered on GE's U-boats) and a claimed 8 years between major engine overhauls. Alco's salesmen boasted the C-series would cut operating costs by a whopping 44% versus a 10-year-old engine.

                                          In 1965, when they upped the ante with the 3000 hp C-630, Alco still offered a more powerful locomotive than either of its rivals, GE and EMD. The C-630 gained 200 extra horsepower not with a larger engine, but with an advanced traction alternator supplied by its rival GE. Visually, the key difference from the earlier C-628 was a pronounced hump in the C-630's roof, housing an aftercooler radiator that enhanced performance.

                                          Unfortunately, however, in less than a year the C-630 had serious competition: EMD's 3000 hp SD40 and GE's equally powerful U30C. It didn't help that the C-630 was a beast, 4' longer and 30 tons heavier than the SD40, and thus much tougher on track. EMD's offer turned into a best-seller, with over 1200 units sold, while the U-30C sold a respectable 600 engines - and Alco's salemen moved just 133 units in the U.S. and Canada. Four years after the C-630 debuted, Alco shuttered its Schenectady locomotive plant and sold its designs to its Canadian cousin, the Montreal Locomotive Works. But after many changes in corporate ownership, Alco designs are still alive today in India, where a large number of diesels are driven by descendants of the same Alco 251 diesel motor that powered the Century series.

                                          Bring the brute strength of the C-630 to your layout with this first-ever RailKing Scale model. Listen to the chant of an Alco prime mover, haul heavy tonnage like the prototype at speeds from a crawl to full throttle, and even double- or triple-head with any combination of M.T.H. diesels - all thanks to Proto-Sound 3.0.