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ALCO RS-2 Diesels



Prototype Information
 

After a successful first run of road switchers (The RS-1), Alcos second attempt at a versatile four-axle locomotive came in late 1946. This was the stylized RS-2, keeping similar features as the RS-1 (Long carbody and short front nose), but with many upgrades. The most notable features were the rounded carbody and a new 244 prime mover, which increased the horsepower to 1,500, a 500hp upgrade over the RS-1. With the added horsepower, the RS-2 was received well by railroads for its ability to tackle any service it was given.

On a daily basis, one could see two RS-2s powering a general merchandise freight, plying the hills with a loaded coal train coming back from the tipple, or running a passenger train at speed. The Delaware & Hudson would later retrofit their fleet with steam boilers and water tanks for passenger service. The Laurentian was one such service it powered, with dual RS-2s and a striking lightning stripe consist. Alco and Canadian counterpart, Montreal Locomotive Works, successfully built over 370 of these versatile locomotives for railroads large and small. A good example was the Southern, Delaware & Hudson, and the New York Central ordered over 20 each, whereas the Birmingham Southern and the Texas and Pacific railroads both ordered just a single locomotive. The success of the RS-2 would later pave the way for the RS-3. Today, only a handful of prototypes exist, mostly in museums or on tourists operations.

Model Information
Features include:
  • Golden-White LEDs
  • Directional lighting
  • Dual brass flywheels
  • Low-friction mechanism
  • Accurate painting and lettering
  • Magnetic knuckle couplers
Road Name Road # Image Control MSRP Our
Price
Part #
Undecorated n/a n/a ANALOG $119.95 $89.96 ATL-40 004 600
n/a
$159.95 $119.96 ATL-40 004 620
Chicago Great Western 52 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 601

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 621
54 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 602

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 622
56 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 603

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 623
Delaware & Hudson 4012 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 604

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 624
4022 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 605

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 625
4025 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 606

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 626
Frisco 552 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 607

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 627
553 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 608

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 628
Lehigh & New England 651 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 609

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 629
653 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 610

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 630
656 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 611

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 631
New York Central 8205 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 612

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 632
8209 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 613

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 633
8210 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 614

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 634
Spokane Portland & Seattle 60 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 615

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 635
61 ANALOG $129.95 $97.46 ATL-40 004 616

$169.95 $127.46 ATL-40 004 636
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