Atlas’ Master Line HO-scale General Electric (GE) U33B/U36B will see a 2021 release (planned for 2nd Quarter delivery) that will include several new paint schemes and an improved newly revised tooling for the model’s cab contour. The similar looking four-axle GE U-boats arrived on the North American railroading scene in the late 1960s. For this new production, Atlas plans three new paint schemes Conrail, Guilford (Boston & Maine), and Rock Island (mid-1970s “The Rock” blue and white) for its U33B diesel locomotive model. The similar U36B model will be back with CSX as a new paint scheme (two road numbers in YN2 livery and a “dark future” blue MCVX “Safety Train” example). Returning for this 2021 U36B release, you’ll find three new Auto-Train road numbers and three new road numbers for Seaboard Coast Line. In addition to
When it first arrived, one area of concern among strict-minded molders was the contours of the cab on Atlas’ HO-scale U33B/U36B. This situation is being addressed by a newly tooled cab section that will be included on the coming 2021 editions of this Master Line model. Atlas will offer a “Silver Sound Ready” version of its U33B/U36B models that will come with a wired speaker installed at the factory that allows for easy conversion by the owner of their choice of Digital Command Control (DCC) sound decoder. The Master Line Gold models will come equipped with DCC and ESU’s LokSound system.
HO-scale Atlas Master U33B/U36B Diesel Locomotive
Announced: August 2020
Expected Delivery: 2nd Quarter 2021
Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc.
378 Florence Ave.
Hillside, NJ 07205
You can read a review of Atlas’ previous release of its Master Line HO-scale U33B in February 2018’s Model Railroad News. This Penn Central-themed issue includes a review of the DCC-sound U33B decorated for Penn Central. Individual back issues of Model Railroad News can be purchased from White River Productions online. You can also subscribe online to Model Railroad News and you’ll stay up to date on the latest hobby news and enjoy in-depth model reviews, and more each month.