built a total of 131 Century 420 locomotives between
1963 and 1969.
Powered by a 12-cylinder, turbocharged, 2,000-hp 251-series prime mover, the
C420’s direct competitor in 1963 was the EMD GP18. In fact, EMD did not
offer a 12-cylinder, 2,000-hp prime mover until the GP39 model was produced in
1969. The shorter 12-cylinder engine block allowed the C420 to have its distinctive
set-back cab and extended short hood.
first road to purchase the C420 was the Lehigh & Hudson
River, with its first two units built in 1963. The largest
fleet was purchased by the Long Island Railroad, with
30 units built between 1963 and 1968. All were equipped
with a high short hood which housed a steam generator
for passenger service. Over time, the largest fleet of
C420s was amassed by the Louisville & Nashville.
While only 26 units were purchased new, their total fleet
grew to well over 60 units through mergers and acquisitions.
The C420 can still be found in daily service today in
the US. Currently the largest fleet of C420s is operated
by the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.
release of the C420 is a low-nose “phase
1” model. The combination of stanchions mounted
into the top of the walkway deck and a high-mounted engine
air intake (located ahead of the radiator area) identifies
this C420 variant. Phase 1 models were produced between
June 1963 and October 1964 and this first production
run covers all original owners of the low nose version.
The 2nd run introduced Phase 2A and Phase 2B versions. And
the newly announced 3rd run will offer the Hi-Nosed version
for the first time.
out these great features
or "step" pilots used where appropriate
hood with or without dynamic brake detail used
or 2,400 gallon fuel tank as appropriate for
coupler cut levers
installed AccuMate® magnetic
nose headlight in low position used where appropriate
per road name
ready or with factory installed DCC