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Rio Grande Product News – March 2022

Featured in the March 2022 Green Light

We try to capture the significant D&RGW models for Rio Grande modelers in the our Rio Grande Model News section of The Green Light Newsletter.  Here are the new product announcements that were in the March 2023 edition sent to members.

If we missed a product announcement, or you have a review you want to share, please let us know by commenting below or e-mailing us at:  GreenLight@rgmhs.org

Athearn HO Scale Alco RS-3 Locomotive

Athearn announced a new run of its Alco RS-3 Locomotive with a scheduled release of April 2023.  The newly redesigned model comes with LED lights and a newly
designed can motor is said to be more powerful and quieter than earlier models.

The new fully assembled and ready-to-run RS-3 locomotive comes both DCC ready and DCC sound equipped version in D&RGW road numbers 5200, 5202, and 5203 with Rio Grande specific details like dual single-note horns, firecracker antenna for long hood-forward operation.

Other features metal grab irons, fuel tank per prototype, see through etched metal radiator fan, see through cab windows, fine scale handrails, McHenry scale knuckle couplers, all-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation, all-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable
current flow, 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-pinNEM connector trouble-free operation, wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track, highly-detailed, injection molded body, painted and printed for realistic decoration.  MSRP for the DCC-ready version is $159.99 while the DCC version with
SoundTraxx Tsunami 2 Sound decoder is $259.99.

DRGW purchased five RS-3s in 1951 and used them for local and switching service. Along with the S2s and PAs, they were the only ALCOs on the roster. Only unit 5204 was ever repainted into the black switcher scheme; the other units wore their original paint until retirement. By 1966 the units were off of the roster.

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit Athearn.com.




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