HO RTR RS-3, NH #539

Detailed Information

 

NH FEATURES:

  • Forward and reverse “Blatt” horns
  • Steam Generator stack, nose vent and water tank
  • Single headlight
  • Art work approved by NH experts

The New Haven Railroad, as part of their dieselization efforts, kept pace with the newest in diesel technology by placing repeated orders from ALCO during the 1940s & 1950s. When ALCO upgraded to the RS-3 the New Haven purchased two orders of them, numbering them right after their 17-unit RS-2 fleet. The New Haven RS-3 fleet passed on to Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, and several short lines. Only one New Haven RS-3 (529) still exists today and is currently being restored to operating condition at the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston, Connecticut.

RS-3 LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Metal grab irons
  • Large or small fuel tank per prototype
  • Fine scale handrails
  • McHenry® scale knuckle couplers - Kadee® compatible
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • See through etched metal radiator fan
  • See through cab windows
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology
  • Improved 5-pole skew wound can motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for with 21-pin NEM connector trouble-free operation
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Window packaging for easy viewing
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • Fully assembled and ready-to-run
  • Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Minimum radius: 18”

NEW FEATURES:

  • Newly designed can motor is more powerful and quieter than before
  • DCC-ready models feature 21-pin plug
  • DCC & sound models feature Tsunami2 sound with cube speaker
  • LED lighting for long life and reliable operation

SOUND-EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE

  • Onboard Tsunami2 DCC/Sound decoder
  • Cube speaker for optimal sound quality
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • Some functions are limited in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6 (Flashing ditch lights, beacon, etc)

PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:

ALCO built the RS-3 to respond to competition with EMD, Fairbanks-Morse, and Baldwin Locomotive Works. In the case of ALCO, the builder added more improvements to create new locomotive lines beyond the RS-2. ALCO produced 377 RS-2s versus the more successful RS-3s at 1,418.

The new model produced slightly more horsepower than the earlier design at 1,600 hp using Alco’s 12-cylinder, model 244 prime mover. Visually, the RS3 very similar to the RS2. Both had much more styling then ALCO’s first diesel, the RS1. Additional curves with strong beveling to corners and edges giving the unit a much more streamlined appearance. At the time, some railroads elected to employ theirs RS3 diesels in passenger/commuter service. Many railroads appreciated this model for its versatility and reliability. RS3s were one of Alco’s shops more popular locomotives.

Specifications

DCC: Ready/21-Pin NEM
SOUND: Ready
PROTOTYPE MANUFACTURER: ALCO
Axles: 4
LIGHTED: LED Lighting
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Is Assembly Required: No

HO RTR RS-3, NH #539

[ATH28673]

$159.99

Due Early December, 2023

Out of Stock

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