Here’s an updated look at our long-awaited American Flyer U33C with LEGACY. The new models are scheduled to ship late this month!
General Electric’s U33C was among its more popular sellers in the “U-boat” line. GE’s U, or Universal, Series diesels launched the company into direct competition with EMD and ALCo in the production of modern road units. Model designations started with “U” followed by an abbreviated horsepower rating and axle type. Hence the U33C was a 3,300 hp unit with 6 axles (B was used for 4-axle models).
GE built 375 U33Cs for 12 US railroads and companies between 1968 and 1975. Several later served other systems during the mergers of the 1960s and 1970s. With 212, Southern Pacific had the largest fleet by far.
The most notable single design feature of the U33 was the larger, flared radiator section on the rear of the unit. This has become a trademark of GE design ever since. Production of the U33C phased out with the introduction of the new and improved Dash 7 line.
The American Flyer Model
The new American Flyer models feature all new tooling and LEGACY sound. These are fine models that will look good on either traditional or scale layouts. In fact, the wheelsets are interchangeable to allow easy conversion to scale wheelsets if desired. The LEGACY controlled engines will operate on LEGACY, TMCC or conventional power. Railsounds include 8 diesel notches, crew talk, bell and quillable horn.
These powerful models also feature directional LED headlights, marker lights and numberboard and cab lighting. A fan-driven smoke unit will help with that realistic GE look. You’ll also get working couplers on both ends. Trucks, sideframes, frame and fuel tank are all metal. All that weight plus traction tires means these U-Boats will walk off with an impressive train.
The LEGACY U33Cs are available in Northern Pacific, Conrail, Burlington Northern, Southern Pacific, Great Northern and Erie Lackawanna. MSRP is $439.99.
We hope you will be Universally satisfied with this latest addition to the American Flyer roster!