The Atlas HO Master Gold MP15DC Switcher Union Pacific 1308 models the Electro Motive Division of General Motors MP15DC Diesel Switcher. The MP15DC was EMD's replacement for the very popular SW1500. Very similar in appearance to the SW1500 and with the same EMD 645E V12 prime mover rated at 1500 hp, the main difference was the MP15DC operated on Blomberg B trucks. The designation"MP" stands for "Multi-Purpose"- the MP15DC was technically a Road Switcher rather than a pure switcher as it could work at speeds up to 60 mph. EMD built 351 units between 1974 and 1983. ElectroMotive was established in 1922, and in 1941 General Motors merged EMD and Winton Engine to create its ElectroMotive Division. With EMD's technological leadership and General Motors deep pockets EMD overcame traditional steam locomotive leaders Baldwin and Alco to become the leading manufacturer of diesel locomotives. Now owned by Caterpillar (GM sold EMD in 2005), EMD is the second largest manufacturer of diesel locomotives, after GE, in North America.
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Road Name and History:
Union Pacific Railroad: This railroad is a big part of 19th Century US history, and is still an important part of the economy today. Legislation creating the Union Pacific was signed by President Abraham Lincoln- UP would be the eastern end of the first transcontinental railroad. In one of the most important events of the 19th Century the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. Celebrations were tough on the Union Pacific, where mismanagement, waste, and corruption made the company anathema to many Americans. Excellent leadership first under Jay Gould and then E. H. Harriman propelled this lagging railroad into a premier US railroad. Mr. Harriman's philosophy of pumping cash back into the railroad worked wonders, and the Union Pacific became a very successful railroad throughout the 20th Century. The merging during the 1980s and 1990s of key Western railroads Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, and Southern Pacific (among many more) has positioned this huge railroad to be one of the two megasystems operating in the Western US.
We recommend for Ages 14 and Up.
Due to the higher starting voltage required to operate the sound system, it is not possible to MU a non-sound-equipped loco in DC (analog) mode.