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Rio Grande Product News – February 2023

Featured in the February 2023 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 February 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

Bowser HO Scale Alco RS-3 D&RGW Locomotive

Bowser announced in January 2023 a new run of its HO-scale Alco RS-2 Phase II locomotive.  The run will feature two D&RGW in road numbers 5201 & 5203 slated for the summer of the 2023 release.

The HO Ready to Run Locomotive. Many added details from the previous model runs including air hoses, windshield wipers, grab irons, coupler lift bars, operating headlight, window glass, fuel tank, can motor, flywheels, blackened wheels with RP25 flanges, and knuckle couplers. The analog (DC) version features 21-pin plug for DCC. DCC/Sound version features LokSound V5 decoder.  MSRP for the DC model is $219.95 and DCC$ 319.95.

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit https://www.bowser-trains.com.


ScaleTrains HO Scale D&RGW Steel Cupola Caboose

ScaleTrains announced in January 2023 a new HO scale steel cupola caboose kit.  The model will feature three D&RGW in road numbers 1407, 1419 & 1440 slated for the summer of the 2023 release.

The model comes as a ScaleTrains’s Kit Classics Steel Cupola Caboose. All that’s needed for assembly is a Phillips screwdriver, glue, and a few minutes for assembly. Kit Classics freight cars are perfect for sharing this timeless tradition with the next generation of model railroaders. Prototype Specific ScaleTrains

The easy-to-assemble kit only requires a small Phillips screwdriver and glue, finely cast stirrup steps; end ladders; grab irons; underbody and brake system, molded interior detail where appropriate, separately applied handbrake wheel, one piece detailed molded trucks, 33” machined metal wheels, accurately profiled .110″ wide wheel tread, plastic semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers, which are Kadee compatible, body mounted coupler box will accept Kadee whisker couplers, weighted to Industry standards, operates on Code 70, 83 and 100-rail, the packaging safely stores model when assembled, minimum radius 18” and will have an MSRP $21.99

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit https://www.scaletrains.com.


Arrowhead Model’s HO Scale Rio Grande “Committee Design” Hopper

Arrowhead Model is making another run at the popular Rio Grande Committee Design hoppers which are available now online or from your local hobby shop. This release represents the original October 1960 delivery. The paint scheme differs from the previous run of the hopper, the artwork is rendered with completely accurate lettering styles and colors.

The model matches the specific details of the Bethlehem Steel-built cars consisting of 167 parts per car and is the most detailed, part-intensive open hopper in HO scale today. The ready-to-run model details include 70-ton ASF ‘Ride Control’ roller bearing trucks,  L-shaped AR/BL superior grab iron, Wine double door locks, Wine hopper doors and frames, Miner 1942 handbrake, Retaining valve location, Retaining, and releasing valve rods, and the Pullman defect card holder. Meticulously researched, prototypical paint and graphics, MSRP is $58.95 each.

In total, 18 road numbers are available through Arrowhead Models; 12 road numbers (17506, 17513, 17521, 17534, 17549, 17555, 17562, 17571, 17587, 17592, 17600, 17615) are available from Arrowhead Models.  An additional 6 road numbers (17628, 17639, 17640, 17654, 17666, 17678) are available for pre-order only from Spring Creek Model Trains. See www.springcreekmodeltrains.com for more information on these additional cars.

For more information see https://arrowheadmodels.com.




Athearn HO Scale D&RGW 60ft PS Auto Parts Boxcar

Athearn announced in January 2023 an HO scale 60ft Pullman Standard auto parts boxcar in the D&RGW Legendary Liveries paint scheme.
slated for a March 2024 delivery.

Legendary Liveries an Athearn exclusive, they are the ultimate answer to “What if?” Featuring some of the most popular railroad paint schemes of all time, these models are perfect for collecting, and proto-freelancing.

Based on the prototype cars developed in the 1960s, Ford Motor Company, Pullman Standard, and Santa Fe pooled their resources to develop a standard boxcar to meet the transportation needs of automobile manufacturers in the United States.  Delivered in 1965, the Pullman Standard auto parts boxcar is the most prolific example of this type of freight car. It ultimately changed the face of automobile manufacturing and rail transportation.

The ready-to-run model comes in three D&RGW road numbers 63861, 63869, and 63877, and features a fully detailed full cushion underframe with full underframe including a detailed air brake reservoir, control valve, and brake cylinder with plumbing and brake rod details.  The model also features separate wire form grab irons, etched metal coupler platforms, and etched metal roof walk, 100-ton roller bearing trucks with animated rotating bearing caps, coupler lift bars, trainline hoses, brake hoses, machined metal wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of the track, body-mounted, McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers, weighted for optimum performance.  The MSRP is $49.99 for the model.

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit https://athearn.com


Intermountain HO Scale D&RGW ACF Center Flow 2-Bay Hopper

Intermountain announced in December 2022 its latest release of its HO scale Center Flow twin-bay covered hopper car.  Based on the prototype 2,980 cu. ft. series car introduced by American Car & Foundry in 1973 the latest model represents the 50 car of this series the D&RGW ordered in 1977. This series had 2,980 cubic feet but they were the same height and length as the 1968 cars, although many of their construction features matched the longer cars, including extended draft gear.

The ready-to-run model which comes in six D&RGW road numbers 10050, 10052, 10059, 10061, 10064, and 10067 features laser-sharp paint and printing to match the prototype, etched metal roof walk, 36" InterMountain metal wheelsets, metal knuckle couplers.

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit https://www.intermountain-railway.com


Rapido HO Scale D&RGW 44-Ton Diesel Locomotive

pictured Rapido HO Scale D&RGW 44-Ton Diesel Locomotive Phase 1c sampleRapido Trains announced in January an all-new group of HO scale locomotives – the General Electric 44-Ton diesel slated for a release later this year.

Also commonly called “44-tonners,” these locomotive’s compact design was driven by a 1937 labor agreement with the railroad unions that specified that all locomotives over 90,000 pounds required the use of a fireman. At a target weight of 44-tons (88,000 pounds), these diesels allowed the railroads to use only an engineer, thus saving crew costs. They were perfect for light switching, industrial and shop use.

Built in several variations between 1940 and 1956, more than 300 GE 44-ton locomotives were produced. The 44-tonners saw service throughout North America (Canada, USA and México), as well countries. The United States Navy and Air Force also owned a number of these locos. Many continued in operation with successive owners in industrial and shortline service. Numerous examples have been preserved.

The Rapido Trains HO scale GE 44-Tonner locomotive has specific features for the Phase 1c which the D&RGW used and detail variations (never offered before in plastic) with hood side number boards, heavy, die-cast chassis and fuel tank, correct fuel tank skirting, separately-applied door latches, full cab interior, photo-etched cab steps, smooth running, strong coreless motor with dual flywheels, DC models are DCC ready with NEXT-18 decoder socket and speakers, DCC models are sound equipped with ESU decoders and sounds and include our own “Mo-Power” power capacitor.  The model come in three D&RGW road numbers 38, 40, 42 and the MSRP $189.95 DC/DCC-ready $299.95 DC/DCC/Sound.

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit: https://rapidotrains.com


Tangent HO scale D&RGW “Company Service” GATC 1917-design 10,000 Gal. Tank Car

Tangent announced that new HO scale D&RGW “Company Service” GATC 1917-design 10,000 Gal. Tank Car are currently available online or from your local hobby shop.  The model of the D&RGW “Company Service” 1970+ is a black tank car comes in four D&RGW road numbers AX6241, AX6245, AX6247, AX6249 with an MSRP $46.95.

The ready-to-run model features  come with era-correct AB-brakes Tangent ASF 50-Ton Cast Steel Spring Plank Truck with separate brake beams,  CNC-machined 33″ flat back wheels, the addition of ACI label, something DRGW wanted to track the cars as they move around the DRGW freight network.

The model features a paint scheme of repaints by DRGW with “MW” stencils, which means a car that is dedicated for company Maintenance of Way service.  DRGW also added a yellow rectangular box that says “Freight Car Journal Oil Pueblo” which designates it exact service.

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit https://www.tangentscalemodels.com


Broadway Limited HO Scale D&RGW Operating Water Tower w/ Sound

Broadway Limited Imports announced an all-new operating HO scale water tower as a faithful reproduction of the filling stations found on many water stops on Americas railroads.

Water was an essential part of steam locomotive operation, so the Water Tower is a prototypically necessary addition to any steam route!

The Water Tower to any standard 12V DC power supply (or stationary accessory DCC Decoder) and activate the motorized spout & sounds with the push of a button.

The D&RGW version of the model is made with durable ABS construction, hand painted, and weathered with sound-synchronized vertical fill spout movement. Sound equipped including sound effects for:

  •        Spout movement squeak
  •       Water hatch squeal & clang
  •       Water filling
  •       Talking Engineer

Push button activated (included). Powered by standard 12V DC power supply or appropriate stationary / accessory DCC decoder such as AUXBOX or Digitrax DS64.  Note that you must use the included push button to trigger the operating sequence.  MSRP for the tank is $99.99

For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit  www.broadway-limited.com


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