The Atlas HO Silver C420 Phase 1 Loco Vermont Northern 204 models the American Locomotive Company's C420 model. Facing EMD as the dominant manufacturer of diesel locomotives, and General Electric's entry into the market, Alco in 1963 debuted their new "Century Series" of diesel locomotives. Designed to replace the RS-32, the "Century Series" featured an improved air system, traction control system, and other enhancements. The purpose was to offer a locomotive with "reduced operating costs" compared to the competition. The four axle hood unit (Road Switcher) locomotive was powered by Alco's 12 cylinder 251C engine that generated 2,000 hp. Alas, the C420 only sold 131 units between 1963 and 1968. It was looking like the US diesel locomotive market would have two competitors- and Alco was not to be one of them. Production ceased in 1969 (in the US-Montreal Locomotive Works built Alco designs in Canada after this date)
Road Name and History:
Vermont Northern Railroad: The Vermont Northern Railroad was incorporated in 1996 to take over operations on Canadian Pacific Railways' Lyndonville Sub and Boston & Maine's Wells River line- both railroads had discontinued service. Its home office was in Newport, VT. The Northern Vermont merged in 2002 with two other small New England railroads to form the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic. A disastrous accident Lac Megantic, Quebec, in 2013 resulted in the MM&A ceasing operations. A new company, Central Maine & Quebec Railway, was incorporated to purchase the assets of the bankrupt MM&A. The CM&Q commenced operations in 2014.