Modeling Reviews Atlas HO scale Electro-Motive Division MP15DC

Atlas HO scale Electro-Motive Division MP15DC

By Cody Grivno | February 22, 2023

End-cab locomotive now offered with ditch lights

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Atlas HO scale Electro-Motive Division MP15DC. An Atlas Model Railroad Co. end-cab diesel locomotive decorated for First Union Rail visited our HO scale Milwaukee, Racine & Troy layout. Model Railroader editor Eric White and senior editor Cody Grivno talk about the features on this Master Line model.

New paint schemes (all with ditch lights) on the EMD MP15 DC include First Union, LTEX, and The Prairie Lines. New road numbers are offered on models decorated for Missouri Pacific, Norfolk Southern (with ditch lights), Reading Co., Southern Pacific, and Southern Ry. The locomotive is offered in one to three numbers per scheme; undecorated models with ditch lights are available in three body styles.

Features on the Atlas HO scale Electro-Motive Division MP15DC include an injection-molded plastic body; a die-cast metal chassis; prototype-specific hood styles, exhaust stacks, long hood and rear sand fills; and pilots. Additional features include separate, factory-applied metal grab irons; plastic handrails, stanchions, and uncoupling levers; m.u. and trainline hoses; and windshield wipers. Modeler-installed details include the cab sunshades and wind deflectors.

The MP15DC is equipped with a five-pole skew-wound armature motor with dual flywheels. The model has directional, golden-white light-emitting-diode headlights and Accumate couplers. The draft-gear boxes are designed to also accept Accumate Proto-couplers.

Direct-current models with a 21-pin plug are priced at $179.95 (with ditch lights, $194.95; undecorated, $169.95). Versions with a dual-mode ESU LokSound Select sound decoder sell for $289.95 (with ditch lights, $304.95; undecorated, $279.95). You can find the Electro-Motive Division MP15DC diesel locomotive at your favorite Atlas dealer right now.

Photo of HO scale end-cab diesel on white background.
Electro-Motive Division MP15DC No. 1508 is one of two HO scale MR&T models available from the Kalmbach Hobby Store.

In addition, the Kalmbach Hobby Store is offering a custom run of Milwaukee, Racine & Troy MP15DC locomotives. The Silver Series (direct current) models are offered in two road numbers, 1503 and 1508. Product Review videos showcase the latest new items from manufacturers of products in Z, N, HO, S, O, and large scales. In the videos, you can watch locomotives in action, take a close-up look at details on freight cars, see kit components, and much more.

If you are a manufacturer and have products you would like reviewed, please email Senior Editor Cody Grivno at for more information.

3 thoughts on “Atlas HO scale Electro-Motive Division MP15DC

  1. Great review. I have purchased one of the MR&T units, and really enjoy the MoPac look ..
    A great little runner.
    And speaking of the added details, I remember buying an Athearn locomotive for $35.00 and then adding $35.00 worth of details. So with inflation, the prices are just about right.
    Good job Atlas.

  2. No mention of whether this ESU decoder has a “keep-alive” feature, very valuable in a slow-speed switcher. Some new locos with Loksound decoders do have this capability built-in. Easy to find out – just tilt up on one side. If sound continues when wheels on that side are off the rail, it’s there.

  3. Cody, you stole my thunder! Back in the late 60’s early 70’s when I was an NMRA, PCR Coast Division member, I used to build Athearn “Blue Box” models for the contests held at the occasional meetings. Like you said, I’d be making lots of visits to my local hobby store to pick up detail parts that now are common on current models. Of course, the prices have increased because of the all the added details, but’s that something else!

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