This Rapido Trains HO Scale Alco RS11 features prototypically accurate details including body type with correct phase detailing, roadname-specific detailing, roadname-specific body style, etched-metal grilles and details, full underbody details, full cab interior, directional headlights and class lights. The smooth-running drive features a five-pole, skew-wound motor and the model comes equipped with Macdonald-Cartier knuckle couplers compatible with all magnetic knuckle couplers. This sound-equipped Alco RS11 is equipped with a full-featured ESU LokSound and DCC decoder with accurate sounds recorded from the prototype. Introduced in early 1956, Alco's RS11 locomotive (catalogued as the DL-701), was powered by an 1,800-horsepower turbocharged V-12 version of Alco's 251B prime mover. The RS11 rode on B-B trucks of similar design to those used under the earlier RS3 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 RS18 cousins and made the RS11 an instant design classic. Many roads purchased RS11s 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, RS11s survived in Class 1 usage well into the late 1970s and several are still in use on short lines today.
The 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
Rapido’s 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
Rapido’s proven 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth drive
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 heigh