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HO RTR RS-3, GB&W #307

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HO RTR RS-3, GB&W #307

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HO RTR RS-3, GB&W #307

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GBW FEATURES:

  • Nathan P-3 horn
  • Partially-blanked cab windows
  • Steam-engine style bell
  • Warning beacon on cab; working flash effect on DCC+sound models

Running from Green Bay to Winona, the Green Bay & Western served Wisconsin for over 100 years. The GBW was known for their roster of ALCO locomotives, and it’s not surprising that they rostered several examples of the RS-3. Originally they wore a red paint scheme with a light grey stripe, which was later simplified into solid red with large GBW initials on the hood, as depicted by our model.

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.

Product Specifications

Prototype Manufacturer American Locomotive Company (ALCO)
Axles 4
DCC Ready/21-Pin NEM
Lighted LED
Sound Ready