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Rio Grande Product Announcements – June 2021

A picture of the Green Light June 2021 newsletter cover

Featured in the June 2021 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 June 2021 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

NEW BOOK! Rio Grande In Color Volume 7: Front Range by Jeff Simley

Photo of Rio Grande In Color Volume 7: Front Range book cover.

Rio Grande In Color Volume 7: Front Range cover

Morning Sun Books announced several new publications for a September 1, 2021 release including Rio Grande In Color Volume 7: Front Range by Jeff Simley.

In this new 128-pages, all-color book we witness the final days of Rio Grande-powered trains in the 1990s as they charge up 2% grades, 10-degree curves, and 28 tunnels to the Moffat Tunnel at the Continental Divide. We will also get a look at giant coal trains using three separate power consists holding back their tonnage as they descend from the Divide into Denver. Our coverage extends west through Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon to see the Rio Grande moving freight "Thru the Rockies, not around them"! Society members are encouraged ORDER NOW at the pre-publication price of $59.95 by using promo code PRE during checkout.

To order your visit: https://aka.rgmhs.org/rgvolume7


Atlas Rio Grande N Scale EMD SD-50

Picture of Atlas N scale DRGW SD50

Atlas N scale DRGW SD50

Atlas announced its taking pre-orders for a run of D&RGW N scale SD-50 in three D&RGW road numbers 5504, 5508, 5513 slated for release second quarter of 2022.

The fully assembled and ready-to-run model in both DC and DCC.  Both model version features deck mounted ditch lights as appropriate per the prototype, directional lighting, separate plow, blackened wheels, AccuMate® magnetic knuckle couplers, golden-white LEDs, and a slower speed motor for closer to scale speeds operations.  The Atlas Master Series Silver version is sound ready and equipped with a speaker for easy conversion to DCC sound and has an MSRP of $154.95.  The Atlas Master Series Gold version with ESU sound decoder installed has an MSRP of $254.95 and features over 20 sound effects are available, including engine start-up and shutdown, prime mover sounds through all eight notches, bell, air horn, air compressor, dynamic brakes and more.

For more  information or to your reservation in see your local hobby dealer or visit  https://www.atlasrr.com


Green Light Editor’s Note

pictured two standard gauge D&RGW passenger cars with the custom decals applied in Dulux Gold lettering

Sample of the D&RGW Dulux Gold lettering on two standard gauge D&RGW passenger equipment

Thought it might be worth passing on to those who might have missed this on Facebook or on the DRGW group on Groups.io:

Parker Wilson announced he’s made the first proper HO scale decals for standard gauge D&RGW passenger equipment in Dulux Gold lettering.   These decals are screen printed, have their own carrier film, and are a joy to use! The quality is on par with (or arguably even better than) what Microscale can produce. The lettering was traced from perspective corrected photos and sized according to original painting and lettering diagrams.

$ 8 - Coach (decals for 1x car)
$14 - Baggage/Combine (decals for 2x cars)
$10 - RPO (decals for 1x car)
$12 - Motor Car 592
$ 6 - Odds and Ends (extra coach #s, diners, observation, etc)

Parker noted he understands that these are priced significantly higher than mass-produced decals, but having a small run of decals produced at this quality is not a cheap endeavor.

You can order them directly from Parker by contacting him via e-mail at: pkwlsn@gmail.com


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