The Atlas HO Master Silver U30B Phase 2 National de Mexico 9740 models the General Electric Transportation System's U30B. The "Universal" Series of locomotives, General Electric's entry into the diesel locomotive market, was launched in 1956. The U30B was one of the later models in the "Universal" Series, replacing the U28B in 1966. The U30B competed directly with EMD's GP40. The GE four axle U30B was powered by the 16 cylinder FDL-16 engine rated at 3,000 hp. Between 1966 and 1975 GE built 296 units of this diesel locomotive. Still trailing EMD in sales, there is no doubt that by the time the U30B was introduced the railroads were taking notice. This model represents a Phase 2 Model which was distinguised by the fact the hood was below the radiator.
Road Name and History:
Mexican National Railway (Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico): Beginning in the 1880s a private rail system developed in Mexico, many lines backed by American railroad interests. The original Mexican National Railway provided governemt control, beginning in 1909, of the routes which linked Mexico City to the US Border at Ciudad Juarez and Nuevo Laredo. In 1938 the Mexican rail system was nationalized as the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico and served as the Mexican rail system until 1998, when the Mexican Government decided to privatize Mexico's railway