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Uncataloged Rail King O Gauge Illinois Central C630 Diesel Locomotive Announced

October 7, 2022 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced an exclusive and uncataloged RailKing O Gauge Illinois Central Alco C630 Diesel Locomotive for M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Berwyn's Toys & Trains of Berwyn, Illinois. The locomotives will be available in two individual cab numbers on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in January 2023.

Item No. 30-21099-1 Illinois Central C630 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 1104
Pre-Order Price: $389.99 (plus freight)
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Item No. 30-21100-1 Illinois Central C630 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 1100
Pre-Order Price: $389.99 (plus freight)
Click HERE to order.

ABOUT THE ALCO C628/630 DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE

The Century series was Alco’s last stand. Like Baldwin’s Sharknose 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 automaker. With its back against the wall, Alco resorted to sheer muscle to try to win the day.

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. Compared with its 2500 hp rivals, GE’s U25 and EMD’s GP35, Alco’s C-628 ("Century series, 6-axle, 2800 hp") was a beast — at least 30 tons heavier and nearly five feet longer than either of its competitors and easily able to out pull them both. Alco’s claim that the C-628 was "the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotive ever built in the United States" was no idle boast. In an attempt to address dependability issues that had dogged earlier Alco diesels, Alco’s designers incorporated numerous reliability improvements into the C-628 and its four-axle companions in 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 that the C-series would cut operating costs by a whopping 44% versus a 10-year-old engine.

Unfortunately, however, the game had already been lost. With EMD having a firm grip on the market and GE coming up fast, the C-628, the best-selling model in the Century lineup, sold only 186 units from 1963-1968, compared with over 1300 GP35s and nearly 500 U25Bs. Most C-628 sales were to existing Alco customers, who were largely pleased with the engine’s 70 mph top speed and ability to haul tremendous loads. On roads with lighter track structure, however, the Alco’s tremendous weight and power proved damaging to the rails, hurting sales and causing some roads like the Monon to sell their units within a few years.

But in many cases, the rugged engines outlasted the company that built them and even the first railroads that owned them. The Pennsy’s C-628s were passed to the Penn Central and, along with the Lehigh Valley’s units, to Conrail in 1976, where they served another two years before retirement. And in 1973, the Chicago and North Western purchased the Norfolk and Western’s C-628 fleet and ran it for another 14 years. Alco, meanwhile, had shuttered its Schenectady locomotive plant in 1969 and sold its designs to its Canadian cousin, the Montreal Locomotive Works. 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.

ORDER DIRECTLY VIA EMAIL OR PHONE FROM:

Berwyn's Toys & Trains
7025 Ogden Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
708.484.4384

www.berwynstoytrains.com
berwynstrains@gmail.com

Uncataloged Premier O Scale Gondola Cars with Covers Arriving In October

M.T.H. Electric Trains is releasing two exclusive Premier O Scale Gondola Cars with Covers in two different liveries for M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Berwyn's Toys & Trains of Berwyn, Illinois. Each gondola will be offered in two different car numbers and available in very limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.

Item No. 20-95540 Burlington Gondola Car w/Cover
Car No. 197754

Item No. 20-95541 Burlington Gondola Car w/Cover
Car No. 197790

Item No. 20-95546 Chicago Great Western Gondola Car w/Cover
Car No. 1341

Item No. 20-95547 Chicago Great Western Gondola Car w/Cover
Car No. 1343

ORDER DIRECTLY VIA EMAIL OR PHONE FROM:

Berwyn's Toys & Trains
7025 Ogden Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
708.484.4384

www.berwynstoytrains.com
berwynstrains@gmail.com


M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing a series of 2023 Premier O Scale SD-35 Diesel Locomotives in four exciting paint schemes beginning early next year. Each of these unique schemes will be available in limited production quantities and is expected to begin shipping to M.T.H. Authorized Retailers in February 2023.

Check out each of these offerings HERE.

These items are available to order from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

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