When Bowser announced a run of C630M`s in HO it wasn`t long before I had my name down on the waiting list. When these engines finally arrived in the mailbox nearly two years later I knew I was looking at my favorite engines. Not only do they look good but they run great too! They pull a lot, run quiet and required little change.
CN ordered 44 of the C630M`s from MLW in 1967-68. They were numbered 2000-2043. 2000-2002 were classified as MR-30a with the remaining 42 units falling into the MR-30b designation. In 1969 the units were switched from MR-MF, with the "R" designating a road switcher and the "F" signifying a freight locomotive. The main difference between the two was that the first two units were equipped with dynamic brakes while the others were not. These "Big M's" were launched under the "Century" line and were similar in design to the ALCO C630. They rode on Canadian made Dofasco trucks, output 3000HP and featured a V-16, 251E prime mover under the hood. (http://cnlines.ca/)
2000 was the first C630M delivered to CN. It was built in 1967, retired in 1999 and sold for scrap. 2026 on the other hand was built in 1968 and retired sometime between 1992 and 1996. It was also sold for scrap. (http://cnlines.ca/)
Here are my weathered and detailed versions of these brutes:
I didn't take any photos of the conductors side for some reason, but handbrake chains were added on the front trucks along with a pair of rerailers behind the cab on the walkway.
All in all I really like these units. They really added to my existing MLW and GMDD fleet.