InterMountain HO GE U18B, ESU LokSound DCC
Central Vermont (CV) #1995
InterMountain Item #49481S-02
Each locomotive will be ready to run and factory equipped with dual mode ESU® LokSound® decoders capable of running in both DC or DCC.
- Equipped with factory installed ESU LokSound DCC Decoders
- Sharp Painting and Lettering
- The body has finely molded detail
- Etched Metal & Wire Details and Kadee® Couplers
- Kadee® metal knuckle couplers are included.
The GE U18B diesel-electric locomotive was introduced by GE Transportation as a branch line roadswitcher in 1973. Easy to spot due to its relatively short length — 54 ft 8 in (16.66 m) — it was the only North American locomotive powered by the 8-cylinder 7FDL engine.
The Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL) bought 105 U18Bs, far more than the second-best U.S. customer, the Maine Central Railroad (MEC), which ordered 10. Most of the SCL and MEC U18Bs rode on refurbished Blomberg trucks, recycled from old EMD locomotives, making the U18B even more visually distinct from other GE locomotives.
Many railfans refer to the GE Universal Series locomotives as “U-Boats.” Due to its smaller size, the U18B received the nickname “Baby Boat.”