Atlas HO RS-3 & RSD-4/5 Locomotives

Well over 1,300 RS-3 road-switcher locomotives were built by ALCO between 1950 and 1956.  It can be considered one of the most successful four-axle diesel road-switchers ever produced by the builder.  ALCO’s Canadian subsidiary, MLW, produced an additional 146 RS-3s in Canada.  These 1,600hp locomotives were powered by an ALCO 244 V-12 engine which was complemented by rugged GE electrical components.  The RS-3 was truly a versatile locomotive.  It could be found in virtually every type of service from passenger and commuter runs to heavy-haul and local freight assignments.  Original owners of the RS-3 tended to be in the eastern and central regions of the US (with heavier concentrations in the northeast and southeast).

During this same time-period, ALCO offered a six-axle road-switcher which was more commonly found in the west.  The RSD-4/5 was externally very similar to the RS-3, having six-axle trucks as an obvious spotting feature.  They produced the same 1,600hp as an RS-3, but offered increased tractive effort due to the use of a larger generator.  Many RSD-4/5s were assigned to operate in mountainous territory (with varying degrees of success) on the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and the Utah Railway.

Features:

  • DCC/Sound version available with LokSound decoder
  • Analog version includes an 8-pin socket for DCC
  • New! Improved tooling on turbo exhaust stack. Also includes option of water cooled or air cooled turbo exahust stack
  • Separately-applied handrails and stanchions, including separate drop step detail
  • Factory installed AccuMate® couplers
  • Dual flywheel-equipped five-pole skewed armature motor for optimum performance at all speeds
  • Metal grab irons
  • Accurate painting and printing

New Sound Features for Gold Series:

DCC Operation

  • Supports all DCC-programming modes
  • Flexible mapping of function keys F0 to F28.
  • A total of six DCC function outputs are available
  • Follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices.

Analog (DC) Operation

  • The LokSound Select Dual-Mode decoder allows your Atlas Gold Series locomotive to be used on DC as well as on DCC layouts.
  • Please note that the Atlas Quantum Engineer will NOT operate an Atlas Gold Series locomotive equipped with a LokSound Select decoder on an analog (DC) layout. However, the sound and lighting functions of the LokSound Select decoder in the Atlas Gold Series RS-3 locomotive can be controlled by an easy-to-use basic DCC system
  • Also note that on a DC-powered layout, a DCC and sound equipped locomotive (such as the Atlas Gold Series RS-3) CANNOT be consisted with another locomotive that does not also have both DCC and sound. (This statement does NOT apply to DCC-equipped locomotives operating on a DCC layout.)

Sound Functionality

  • 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.
  • There are 16 user-selectable horns, 2 user-selectable bells, and 2 user-selectable synchronized brake squeals.
  • Manual and Automatic Notching modes with the ability to change modes ”on the fly” are provided for true realism.

Complete Data Sheet

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Silver Item# Road Name Road Number Gold Item#
April 2018
Silver Undec MSRP: $149.95 Gold Undec MSRP: $259.95
Silver MSRP: $164.95 Gold MSRP: $274.95
HO RS-3 Locomotive
10 000 062 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) - 10 001 310
10 001 927 Undecorated (air-cooled exhaust)  - 10 001 950
New Paint Schemes!
10 003 018 Amtrak (Black/White) 102 10 003 038
10 003 019 Amtrak (Black/White) 105 10 003 039
10 003 020 Lackawanna (High Hood lettering) (Black/Yellow) 914 10 003 040
10 003 021 Lackawanna (High Hood lettering) (Black/Yellow) 917 10 003 041
New Road Numbers!
10 003 022 Burlington Northern (Green/Black/White) 4058 10 003 042
10 003 023 Burlington Northern (Green/Black/White) 4068 10 003 043
10 003 024 Green Bay & Western (Red/Gray/Black) 306 10 003 044
10 003 025 Green Bay & Western (Red/Gray/Black) 308 10 003 045
10 003 026 New Haven (Orange/Green/Black) 539 10 003 046
10 003 027 New Haven (Orange/Green/Black) 552 10 003 047
10 003 028 Pennsylvania (Dark Green/Yellow) 8459 10 003 048
10 003 029 Pennsylvania (Dark Green/Yellow) 8462 10 003 049
10 003 030 Reading (Dark Green/Gold) 445 10 003 050
10 003 031 Reading (Dark Green/Gold) 450 10 003 051
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive
10 000 525 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) - 10 001 323
10 001 943 Undecorated (air-cooled exhaust) - 10 001 966
New Road Numbers!
10 003 032 Chicago & Northwestern (Green/Yellow) 1665 10 003 052
10 003 033 Chicago & Northwestern (Green/Yellow) 1667 10 003 053
10 003 034 Santa Fe (Blue/Yellow) 2112 10 003 054
10 003 035 Santa Fe (Blue/Yellow) 2134 10 003 055
10 003 036 Southern Pacific (Black/Silver/Orange) "Black Widow" 5495 10 003 056
10 003 037 Southern Pacific (Black/Silver/Orange) "Black Widow" 5498 10 003 057
Products bearing C&NW and SP marks are made under trademark license from Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Item# Road Name Road Number
January 2015
Silver MSRP: $149.95 Gold MSRP: $259.95
HO RS-3 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Silver
10 000 062 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) -
10 001 927 Undecorated (air-cooled exhaust) -
New Road Numbers!
10 001 928 Boston & Maine (Maroon/Gold/Black) 1535
10 001 929 Boston & Maine (Maroon/Gold/Black) 1542
10 001 930 Canadian Pacific (Maroon/Gray w/Script Lettering) 8439
10 001 931 Canadian Pacific (Maroon/Gray w/Script Lettering) 8452
10 001 932 Canadian Pacific (Maroon/Gray w/Block Lettering) 8448
10 001 933 Great Northern (Green/Orange/Yellow) 222
10 001 934 Great Northern (Green/Orange/Yellow) 230
10 001 935 Seaboard Air Line (Green/Yellow/Red) 1641
10 001 936 Seaboard Air Line (Green/Yellow/Red) 1648
10 001 937 New York Central* (Black/Gray "As Delivered") 8235
10 001 938 New York Central* (Black/Gray "As Delivered") 8241
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 939 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie* (Pacemaker Green/Gray) 8353
10 001 940 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie* (Pacemaker Green/Gray) 8356
10 001 941 Jersey Central (Green/Yellow "As Delivered") 1541
10 001 942 Jersey Central (Green/Yellow "As Delivered") 1547
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Silver
10 000 525 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) -
10 001 943 Undecorated (air-cooled exhaust)  
New Road Numbers!
10 001 944 Santa Fe (Black/Silver "Zebra Stripe") 2101
10 001 945 Santa Fe (Black/Silver "Zebra Stripe") 2105
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 946  Chesapeake & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow "Simplified") 5575
10 001 947 Chesapeake & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow "Simplified") 5580
10 001 948 Milwaukee Road (Black/Orange) 573
10 001 949 Milwaukee Road (Black/Orange) 575
HO RS-3 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Gold
10 001 310 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) -
10 001 950 Undecorated (air-cooled exhaust) -
New Road Numbers!
10 001 951 Boston & Maine (Maroon/Gold/Black) 1535
10 001 952 Boston & Maine (Maroon/Gold/Black) 1542
10 001 953 Canadian Pacific (Maroon/Gray w/Script Lettering) 8439
10 001 954 Canadian Pacific (Maroon/Gray w/Script Lettering) 8452
10 001 955 Canadian Pacific (Maroon/Gray w/Block Lettering) 8448
10 001 956 Great Northern (Green/Orange/Yellow) 222
10 001 957 Great Northern (Green/Orange/Yellow) 230
10 001 958 Seaboard Air Line (Green/Yellow/Red) 1641
10 001 959 Seaboard Air Line (Green/Yellow/Red) 1648
10 001 960 New York Central* (Black/Gray "As Delivered") 8235
10 001 961 New York Central* (Black/Gray "As Delivered") 8241
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 962 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie* (Pacemaker Green/Gray) 8353
10 001 963 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie* (Pacemaker Green/Gray) 8356
10 001 964 Jersey Central (Green/Yellow "As Delivered") 1541
10 001 965 Jersey Central (Green/Yellow "As Delivered") 1547
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Gold
10 001 323 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) -
10 001 966 Undecorated (air-cooled exhaust)  
New Road Numbers!
10 001 967 Santa Fe (Black/Silver "Zebra Stripe") 2101
10 001 968 Santa Fe (Black/Silver "Zebra Stripe") 2105
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 969 Chesapeake & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow "Simplified") 5575
10 001 970 Chesapeake & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow "Simplified") 5580
10 001 971 Milwaukee Road (Black/Orange) 573
10 001 972 Milwaukee Road (Black/Orange) 575
September 2012
Silver MSRP: $129.95 Gold MSRP: $239.95
HO RS-3 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Silver
10 000 062 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) -
New Road Numbers!
10 001 292 Canadian National (Green/Yellow) 3010
10 001 293   Canadian National (Green/Yellow) 3003
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 294 Gulf Mobile & Ohio (Red/Yellow) 1515
10 001 295 Gulf Mobile & Ohio (Red/Yellow) 1518
10 001 296 Lamoille Valley (Yellow/Green) 7801
10 001 297 Lamoille Valley (Yellow/Green) 7802
10 001 298 Long Island Railroad (Gray/Orange "World's Fair") 1554
10 001 299 Long Island Railroad (Gray/Orange "World's Fair") 1558
10 001 300 Penn Central (Black/White) 5233
10 001 301 Penn Central (Black/White) 5340
10 001 302 Spokane Portland & Seattle (Green/Yellow) 81
10 001 303 Spokane Portland & Seattle (Green/Yellow) 84
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Silver
10 000 525 Undecorated (water-cooled exhaust) -
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 304 N de M (Green/Red/Yellow) 6900
10 001 305 N de M (Green/Red/Yellow) 6901
10 001 306 Southern Pacific (Gray/Red "Bloody Nose") 2884
10 001 307 Southern Pacific (Gray/Red "Bloody Nose") 2885
New Road Numbers!
10 001 308 Southern Pacific (Black/Orange "Tiger Stripe") 5295
10 001 309 Southern Pacific (Black/Orange "Tiger Stripe") 5303
HO RS-3 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Gold
10 001 330 Undecorated -
New Road Numbers!
10 001 311 Canadian National (Green/Yellow) 3010
10 001 312   Canadian National (Green/Yellow) 3003
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 313 Gulf Mobile & Ohio (Red/Yellow) 1515
10 001 314 Gulf Mobile & Ohio (Red/Yellow) 1518
10 001 315 Lamoille Valley (Yellow/Green) 7801
10 001 316 Lamoille Valley (Yellow/Green) 7802
10 001 317 Long Island Railroad (Gray/Orange "World's Fair") 1554
10 001 318 Long Island Railroad (Gray/Orange "World's Fair") 1558
10 001 319 Penn Central (Black/White) 5233
10 001 320 Penn Central (Black/White) 5340
10 001 321 Spokane Portland & Seattle (Green/Yellow) 81
10 001 322 Spokane Portland & Seattle (Green/Yellow) 84
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive - Atlas Classic Series Gold
10 001 331 Undecorated -
New Paint Schemes!
10 001 324 N de M (Green/Red/Yellow) 6900
10 001 325 N de M (Green/Red/Yellow) 6901
10 001 326 Southern Pacific (Gray/Red "Bloody Nose") 2884
10 001 327 Southern Pacific (Gray/Red "Bloody Nose") 2885
New Road Numbers!
10 001 328 Southern Pacific (Black/Orange "Tiger Stripe") 5295
10 001 329 Southern Pacific (Black/Orange "Tiger Stripe") 5303
March 2009
Standard MSRP: $124.95
HO RS-3 Locomotive - New Road Numbers!
10 000 062 Undecorated -
10 000 517 Rutland (Green/Yellow) 202
10 000 518 Rutland (Green/Yellow) 207
HO RS-3 Locomotive - New Paint Schemes!
10 000 510 Delaware-Lackawanna (Black/Yellow) 4068
10 000 511 Delaware-Lackawanna (Black/Yellow) 4103
10 000 512 Delaware-Lackawanna (Black/Yellow) 4118
10 000 513 Lehigh & Hudson River (Dark Green/Yellow "Simplified") 3
10 000 514 Lehigh & Hudson River (Dark Green/Yellow "Simplified") 10
10 000 515 Louisville & Nashville* (Green/Yellow) (ex-Rutland) 261
10 000 516 Louisville & Nashville* (Green/Yellow) (ex-Rutland) 264
10 000 519 Pacific Great Eastern (Two-Tone Green/Black) 568
10 000 520 Pacific Great Eastern (Two-Tone Green/Black) 571
10 000 521 Piedmont & Northern* (Black/Yellow) 1601
10 000 522 Piedmont & Northern* (Black/Yellow) 1604
10 000 523 Seaboard Coast Line* (Black/Yellow) (ex-P&N) 1252
10 000 524 Seaboard Coast Line* (Black/Yellow) (ex-P&N) 1259
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive - New Road Numbers!
10 000 525 Undecorated -
10 000 530 Chicago & North Western (Green/Yellow) 1619
10 000 531 Chicago & North Western (Green/Yellow) 1620
10 000 532 Pennsylvania (Dark Green/Yellow) 8446
10 000 533 Pennsylvania (Dark Green/Yellow) 8448
10 000 534 Santa Fe (Blue/Yellow) 2100
10 000 535 Santa Fe (Blue/Yellow) 2106
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive - New Paint Schemes!
10 000 526 Cotton Belt (Black/Silver "Black Widow") 271
10 000 527 Cotton Belt (Black/Silver "Black Widow") 272
10 000 528 Ferrocarril Del Pacifico (Green/Yellow) 807
10 000 529 Ferrocarril Del Pacifico (Green/Yellow) 818
September 2007
Standard MSRP: $104.95
HO RS-3 Locomotive - New Paint Schemes!
10 000 062 Undecorated -
10 000 063 Erie Lackawanna (Black/Yellow) 1024
10 000 064 Erie Lackawanna (Black/Yellow) 1028
10 000 065   Interstate (Orange/Crème) 33
10 000 066   Interstate (Orange/Crème) 38
10 000 067 Jersey Central (Blue/Yellow) 1543
10 000 068 Jersey Central (Blue/Yellow) 1545
10 000 069 MKT (Red/Yellow "As Delivered") 1551
10 000 070 MKT (Red/Yellow "As Delivered") 1560
10 000 071 Ontario Northland (Blue/Yellow) 1306
10 000 072 Ontario Northland (Blue/Yellow) 1308
10 000 073 Rock Island (Maroon/Silver w/White Stripes) 455
10 000 074 Rock Island (Maroon/Silver w/White Stripes) 458
10 000 075 Soo Line (Red/White) 372
10 000 076 Soo Line (Red/White) 2380
10 000 077 Susquehanna (Yellow/Black) 101
10 000 078 Susquehanna (Yellow/Black) 104
June 2006
Standard MSRP: $104.95
HO RS-3 Locomotives
8450 Undecorated  
HO RS-3 Locomotives - New Paint Schemes!
8300 Lackawanna (Black/Yellow) 901
8301 Lackawanna (Black/Yellow) 905
8302 Lake Superior & Ishpeming (Red/Yellow) 1604
8303 Lake Superior & Ishpeming (Red/Yellow) 1605
8306 Providence & Worcester (White/Orange/Brown) 161
8307 Providence & Worcester (White/Orange/Brown) 164
8308 Reading (Green/Yellow) 445
8309 Reading (Green/Yellow) 449
8312 Tennessee Central* (Black/White) 256
8313 Tennessee Central* (Black/White) 253
8314 Vermont Railway (Red/White) 603
8315 Vermont Railway (Red/White) 604
HO RS-3 Locomotives - New Road Numbers!
8304 Nickel Plate Road (Black/Yellow) 541
8305 Nickel Plate Road (Black/Yellow) 554
8310 Southern (Green/Imitation Aluminum/Gold) 2131
8311 Southern (Green/Imitation Aluminum/Gold) 2135
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotives
8490 Undecorated  
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotives - New Paint Schemes!
8316 Penn Central (Black/White) 6802
8317 Penn Central (Black/White) 6805
8318 Southern Pacific† (T&NO) (Black/Silver/Orange "Black Widow") 155
8319 Southern Pacific† (T&NO) (Black/Silver/Orange "Black Widow") 160
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotives - New Road Numbers!
8320 Utah Railway (Light Gray/Red/Yellow) 302
8321 Utah Railway (Light Gray/Red/Yellow) 305
March 2005
Standard MSRP: $99.95
HO RS-3 Locomotives - New Road Numbers!
8450 Undecorated  
7015 Burlington Northern (Green/Black/White) 4056
7016 Burlington Northern (Green/Black/White) 4064
7017 Chicago & North Western† (Yellow/Green) 1616
7018 Chicago & North Western† (Yellow/Green) 1618
7019 Delaware & Hudson (Blue/Gray/Yellow "Lightning Stripe") 4110
7020 Delaware & Hudson (Blue/Gray/Yellow "Lightning Stripe") 4121
7021 Erie Lackawanna (Gray/Maroon/Yellow) 1023
7022 Erie Lackawanna (Gray/Maroon/Yellow) 1025
7023 New Haven (Red-Orange/Black) 551
7024 New Haven (Red-Orange/Black) 559
7025 Norfolk & Western (Black/Yellow) 300
7026 Norfolk & Western (Black/Yellow) 303
7027 Rio Grande† (Black/Light Imitation Gold)  5201
7028 Rio Grande† (Black/Light Imitation Gold) 5202
HO RSD-4/5 Locomotive – New Road Numbers!
8490 Undecorated  
7029 Chesapeake & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow) 5572
7030 Chesapeake & Ohio* (Blue/Yellow) 5575
7031 Jersey Central (Green/Gold) 1601
7032 Jersey Central (Green/Gold) 1608
7033 Santa Fe (Black/Silver "Zebra Stripe") 2103
7034 Santa Fe (Black/Silver "Zebra Stripe") 2107
August 2003
Standard MSRP: $94.95
HO RS-3 LOCOMOTIVES
8450 UNDECORATED  
7001 BOSTON & MAINE (Blue/White/Black) 1508
7002 BOSTON & MAINE (Blue/White/Black) 1536
7003 COTTON BELT (Black/Silver/Orange-"Black Widow") 357
7004 COTTON BELT (Black/Silver/Orange-"Black Widow") 360
7005 DELAWARE & HUDSON (Black/Yellow with End Stripes) 4067
7006 DELAWARE & HUDSON (Black/Yellow with End Stripes) 4069
7007 GREEN BAY & WESTERN (Red/Gray/Black) 305
7008 GREEN BAY & WESTERN (Red/Gray/Black) 307
7009 JERSEY CENTRAL (Red/White-"Coast Guard") 1540
7010 JERSEY CENTRAL (Red/White-"Coast Guard") 1552
7011 ROCK ISLAND  (Maroon/Yellow) 470
7012 ROCK ISLAND (Maroon/Yellow) 473
7013 SEABOARD COAST LINE(Black/Silver/Yellow) 1165
7014 SEABOARD COAST LINE(Black/Silver/Yellow) 1167
June 2001
Standard MSRP: $94.95
HO RS-3 LOCOMOTIVES
8450 UNDECORATED No #
8340 CP RAIL (Red w/Multimark) 8426
8341 CP RAIL (Red w/Multimark) 8449
8342 CP RAIL (Red w/Multimark) No #
8343 GREAT NORTHERN (Green & Orange-simplified) 221
8344 GREAT NORTHERN (Green & Orange-simplified) 229
8345 GREAT NORTHERN (Green & Orange-simplified) No #
8346 LEHIGH & HUDSON RIVER (Green & Yellow) 4
8347 LEHIGH & HUDSON RIVER (Green & Yellow) 11
8348 LEHIGH & HUDSON RIVER (Green & Yellow) No #
8349 LONG ISLAND (Gray & Orange) 1551
8350 LONG ISLAND (Gray & Orange) 1555
8351 LONG ISLAND (Gray & Orange) No #
August 1999
Standard MSRP: $94.95
1025 50TH ANNIV. EV CABOOSE 1999
HO RS-3 LOCOMOTIVES
8450 UNDECORATED NONE
8466 ATLAS 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1949
8467 BOSTON & MAINE (Maroon & Gold) 1539
8468 BOSTON & MAINE (Maroon & Gold) 1545
8469 BOSTON & MAINE (Maroon & Gold) NONE
8470 COTTON BELT (Black & Orange) 352
8471 COTTON BELT (Black & Orange) 355
8472 COTTON BELT (Black & Orange) NONE
8473 LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE (Gray & Yellow) 108
8474 LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE (Gray & Yellow) 109
8475 LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE (Gray & Yellow) NONE
8476 SPOKANE, PORTLAND & SEATTLE (Yellow & Pullman Green) 68
8477 SPOKANE, PORTLAND & SEATTLE (Yellow & Pullman Green) 79
8478 SPOKANE, PORTLAND & SEATTLE (Yellow & Pullman Green) NONE
8479 WESTERN MARYLAND (Fireball) 186
8480 WESTERN MARYLAND (Fireball) 189
8481 WESTERN MARYLAND (Fireball) NONE