Atlas - HO Scale - Gold Series - B23-7 Undec - Sound & DCC Installed (SKU 1500-8105)
General Electric?s ?Dash 7? locomotive line was introduced as a replacement for the older ?Universal-Series? of the 60s and early 70s. ?Dash 7? series improvements included increased fuel efficiency, tractive effort and reliability. The B23-7 was a direct replacement for the 2,250HP U23B model. The first units were produced for Conrail in September, 1977 (ironically, 3 months after the last U23B was delivered to Conrail). Production continued through 1984, with a total of 535 units built. Conrail was the largest purchaser of the model, with a total fleet of 141 units.
Several features distinguished B23-7s from predecessor models. The long hood stepped outward in the area of the exhaust stack to accommodate a relocated oil cooler. In addition, the frame was 2 feet longer than that of the U23B. An FB-2 style truck was offered as standard equipment on B23-7s, but some railroads opted to use ?trade-in? trucks. Therefore, AAR type B and Blomberg trucks could be found on some models. The six power assembly doors (located near the center of the long hood) indicated that the B23-7 was powered by a 12-cylinder GE FDL engine..
There were three distinct ?phases? to B23-7 production. Our model is of a ?phase 1? unit with a 36?2? wheel base. Phase 1 production lasted through the spring of 1979..
The Atlas B23-7 locomotive model includes such optional/road name specific details as:.
? Pilots with and without anti-climber.
? Cab headlights or low-nose headlights.
? Cab with 4 or 2 side windows.
? Bell mounted under the sill or on the long hood.
? FB-2, AAR type B, or Blomberg truck side-frames used where appropriate per road name.
-Separately-applied scale detail parts include: windshield wipers, metal grab irons, coupler cut levers, multiple-unit hoses, snow plow, train line hoses, fine scale handrails, and more!.
-See through step detail on sill.
-Etched metal radiator grilles.
-Painted crew members.
-Factory-equipped with AccuMate knuckle couplers.
-Coupler pocket designed to accept AccuMate Proto-couplers.
-Five-pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum
performance at all speeds.
Atlas Master? Series Silver Additional Features:.
(Item #s 8000-8024).
-NMRA 8-pin plug for DCC (Decoder-ready).
Atlas Master? Series Gold Additional Features:.
(Item #s 8100-8124).
-Electronic Dual-Mode? Decoder (e-DMD) that allows your locomotive to run in DCC or traditional DC.
QSI? Quantum System? Features Including:.
(Atlas Master Series Gold locomotives only).
-Dual speaker system.
-Authentic diesel engine sounds.
-Air let-off in neutral.
-Coupler impact sounds when operated with DCC.
-Helper mode that mutes the whistle and bell for double heading.
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