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Rapido Trains Inc. is very excited to announce its latest museum quality HO
scale locomotive, the American Locomotive Companys iconic 1950s road switcher,
Introduced in early 1956, Alcos RS-11 locomotive (catalogued as the DL-701),
was powered by an 1,800-horsepower turbocharged V-12 version of Alcos 251B
prime mover. The RS-11 rode on B-B trucks of similar design to those used under
the earlier RS-3 and FA series locomotives.
Its hood style carbody featured notched corners that included the corner number
boards and, on most units, sand filler hatches as well. These notched corners
distinguished them from their Canadian RS-18 cousins and made the RS-11 an
instant design classic.
Many roads purchased RS-11s with a total of around 462 units produced. The
largest customer was the Norfolk & Western with 99 units. However, the
Pennsylvania RR signed on for 38 units, while the Nickel Plate took 35 and SP
took 34. Other customers included the Delaware & Hudson, Duluth Winnipeg &
Pacific, Lehigh Valley, Missouri Pacific, New Haven, Northern Pacific and the
Seaboard Air Line.
One of the most reliable of Alco locomotives, examples survived in Class 1 usage
well into the late 1970s, while several are still in use on short lines today.
The RS-11 could be set up for either freight or passenger service, with
passenger units having a steam generator fitted into the short hood and a larger
fuel/water tank beneath the frames. RS-11 units could be designated for either
long hood or short hood forward operation. Some units, like the N&Ws, were
provided with dual control stands and could be operated with either end forward.
Over the course of RS-11 production there were many noticeable changes made to
the design. These included variations in carbody filter quantities and sizes,
fuel tank designs, cab window size and placement and many other small details.
Many roads also customized their units. Examples of this include the Pennsy
adding induction Trainphone equipment and cab signal boxes to many of their
units, the New Haven installing cab signal equipment and Hancock air whistles,
the SP tacking on additional lights and the N&W re-building the carbody vents
and adding tool boxes alongside the fuel tanks.
Rapidos Alco road switcher is the first truly accurate plastic model of the
RS-11 in its many variations. Our first releases included a mind boggling
selection of different road-specific details including the PRR induction
Trainphone antennas, N&W battery boxes and built out filters, SP lighting
packages and New Haven whistles & cab signal boxes. Additionally, many optional
parts are included with the model which the user can install to replicate
changes in the units over time.
The Rapido RS-11 is available in 13 different paint schemes covering delivery
schemes and later repaints, with five different undecorated versions being
listed for those that wish to build their own.
Rapido HO Scale RS-11 model features:
Correct hood and roof profiles 3D scanned from the prototype
Operating number boards, headlights and green and white class lights and cab
control stand lighting
Rapidos innovative dead straight metal side handrails with plastic stanchions
Roadname-specific details including steps, lights, equipment boxes, handrails,
fuel tanks, air intake louvers and more!
Full underbody piping, conduits and steam lines, where appropriate
Correct roadname-specific corner steps
Separate grab irons and wire handrails installed at the factory
Heavy, die-cast chassis and full, multi-colour/color interior
Rapidos proven 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth
DC/Silent (21-pin DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (ESU LokSound)
Accurate sounds recorded from a real Alco 251B prime mover
Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers mounted at the correct height