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PC: PC U25B's

Carl K Vogel wrote:
> Please tell me more about that U-25B. Being new to this forum, that
> stands for New Hampshire?? Where they green.
> I ask because did any pass through from PC to CR???  I am running a
> U25-B and would like to know if I am even close to prototypical.

Jerry Jordak responded:
NH stands for "New Haven", short for New York, New Haven &
Hartford. They were a railroad in New England that was merged by ICC
directive into PC on 12/31/68. (It probably didn't help matters on the PC,

New Haven had green locomotives in the earlier diesel era, then came
out with the red, white, and black "McGinnis" paint scheme in the 1950's.
This paint scheme appeared on the EP-5s and FL9s. Later diesel
schemes had black bodies with red cabs, and the U25Bs had stripes
down the long hood and large NH letters. See the PC web site for
pictures of ex-NH locomotives.

Your Conrail U25B is prototypical, depending on the era you're modelling.
CR inherited a couple hundred from PC and Erie Lackawanna. The last of
them were retired in 1984."

     The CR U25B's were numbered as follows:
         CR 2500-2569    -    ex PC/NYC 2500-2569
         CR 2570-2596    -    ex EL 2501-2527
         CR 2600-2648    -    ex PC 2600-2648, ex PRR 2500-2548
         CR 2649-2659    -    ex PC 2649-2659, ex PRR 2649-2659
         CR 2660-2685    -    ex PC 2660-2685, ex NH 2500-2525
     As you can see all the pre CR railroads numbered their U25B's into
the 2500 number series because of the 2500 H.P. of the locomotive.  If
you are a stickler for prototypical accuracy there are a wide variety of
options included in the CR U25B fleet.  It is a safe bet that the U25B model
will be accurate to one of the CR U25B's. 
     Don't forget the New Havens orange with silver stripe paint scheme
that the FA's originally wore.

Bob Holzweiss
"Robert.Holzweiss -AT- bush.nara.gov"

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