Featured in the June 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 June 2022 edition sent to members.
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Tangent D&RGW “Delivery 1-1970” HO Scale Greenville 86′ Quad Plug Door Box Car
Tangent Scale Models kicked off April with a new run of their Greenville 86’ High Cube Quad Plug Door Box Car! They begin to ship their release of five new paint schemes for the industry’s first “high-detail” 86’ quad door auto parts car system in HO scale. This is not a pre-order announcement; the Tangent new box cars are available for sale and are shipping right now.
The Denver & Rio Grande Western (DRGW) “Delivery 1-1970” is Tangent’s first Greenville 86’ auto parts offering for the Rio Grande. D&RGW’s order was part of the GM stamping pool out of Indianapolis, Indiana, on the Penn Central. The center area of these quad door boxcars was just made for that big “Rio Grande” logo! These 1970 cars have truck-mounted brake gear, end-of-car cushioning components and gypsum crossover platforms, just like the prototype. Riding on accurate 70-ton trucks with 33” wheels, the D&RGW “Delivery 1-1970” models are ready to operate with two different road numbers 63991 and 63992. The MSRP for the model is $56.95.
For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit https://www.tangentscalemodels.com
Athearn Rio Grande HO SW1000 Locomotive
Athearn announced a new run of SW1000s in HO scale in Rio Grande road numbers 148 and 149 slated for a June 2023 release. Rio Grande purchased ten SW1000’s in two groups, the first one in 1966 and the second group in 1968. The second group consisted of three units, numbered 147-149. They differed from the first in that they came equipped with roller-bearing trucks and a slight variation in the striping on the front of the engines. This release represents the second group.
The fully assembled and ready-to-run model features a highly detailed, injection-molded body painted and printed to match the D&RGW prototype paint scheme, LED lighting for long life and reliable operation detailed cab interior, separately applied wire grab irons, see-through radiator intake grille and cab windows, fine-scale handrails separately applied air tank, operating ground lights, and McHenry knuckle couplers.
Under the shell the chassis features an all-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation, an improved 5-pole skew-wound can motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain which is said to be designed more powerful and quieter than before. Athearn will offer this locomotive in both non-sound models, which it comes DCC-ready and DCC sound models which feature Tsunami2 sound with dual cube speakers. MSRP for the non-sound units is $219.99 and for the DCC with sound units the MSRP is $319.99.
For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit Athearn.com.
Athearn Rio Grande HO GP-15T Locomotive
Athearn announced a new run of its HO scale GP-15T locomotive slated for release in July of 2023. This latest run will include a “What-If” GP-15T Rio Grande locomotive as part of their “Legendary Liveries” series.
The EMD GP15-1 is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between June 1976 and March 1982. Intended to provide an alternative to the rebuilding programs that many railroads were applying to their early road switchers, it is generally employed as a yard switcher or light road switcher. A number of GP15-1s remain in service today for yard work and light road duty.
The rationale for this “what-if” model under an alternate timeline is running out their miles on secondary assignments, DRGW’s GP7s and 9s toiled in relative obscurity until their retirement, the D&RGW ordered EMD’s GP-15T in order to replace the aging geeps and increase the efficiency of these assignments with turbocharged units being better suited to the Grande’s mountainous territory featuring typical DRGW features such as operating class lights, nose-mounted gyralight (flashes on DCC/Sound version) Nathan M-3 horn, Sinclair radio antenna Blomberg-M trucks.
The fully assembled and ready-to-run model features coupler cut levers, and is scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs. It is with an accurately painted and pad printed with paint schemes that would mimic the D&RGW standard. The model has details including upgraded lit class lights and nameboards, MU hoses, train line hose, see-through cab windows with full cab interior, walkway tread, windshield wipers ,fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance., lift rings, wire grab irons, sander lines. The DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin.
The heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power has a detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes, body-mounted McHenry® operating scale knuckle couplers, and features a Genesis all-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation
Athearn will offer this locomotive in road numbers 5970 & 5977 in both non-sound model (which it comes DCC-ready) and DCC sound models which feature Tsunami2 sound with dual cube speakers. MSRP for the non-sound units is $219.99 and for the DCC with sound units, the MSRP is $319.99. For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit Athearn.com.
Athearn Rio Grande HO Ford F-850 Boom Truck
Athearn announced a new run of its HO scale Ford F-850 boom truck in Rio Grande number 817, slated for a July 2023 release. The fully assembled and ready-to-run model with detail parts applied features a position-able boom, outriggers can be modeled in the raised or lowered position, molded cab interior with separately applied steering wheel, clear window glazing, and rubber tires. MSRP for the is $34.99. For more information see your local hobby dealer or visit Athearn.com.