The Atlas HO Silver C420 Phase 1 Loco Delaware & Hudson 405 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:
Delaware & Hudson Railroad: The Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, started in 1823, by the 1850s also entered the railroad business. Growing by mergers and consolidations, the coal-hauling railroad developed a route structure in northeastern Pennsylvania and eastern New York. In 1875 through a consolidation D & H gained a route to the Canadian border. In 1898 the company exited the canal business, to focus on railroads. By the 1940s coal traffic was dwindling so the Delaware & Hudson sought to become a Bridge Route. With modest success, the changing economic environment of the Northeastern US away from heavy industry forced the D&H into an unhappy merger with Guilford in 1984. Kicked around and seemingly unable to find a home, the Canadian Pacific Railway bought the struggling carrier in 1990. Some routes have been purchased by Norfolk Southern, and many former D & H routes are intact.