Atlas N RS-2 Locomotive

After a successful first run of road switchers (The RS-1), Alco’s second attempt at a versatile four-axle locomotive came in late 1946. This was the stylized RS-2, keeping similar features as the RS-1 (Long carbody and short front nose), but with many upgrades. The most notable features were the rounded carbody and a new 244 prime mover, which increased the horsepower to 1,500, a 500hp upgrade over the RS-1. With the added horsepower, the RS-2 was received well by railroads for its ability to tackle any service it was given.

On a daily basis, one could see two RS-2’s powering a general merchandise freight, plying the hills with a loaded coal train coming back from the tipple, or running a passenger train at speed. The Delaware & Hudson would later retrofit their fleet with steam boilers and water tanks for passenger service. The Laurentian was one such service it powered, with dual RS-2’s and a striking lightning stripe consist. Alco and Canadian counterpart, Montreal Locomotive Works, successfully built over 370 of these versatile locomotives for railroads large and small. A good example was the Southern, Delaware & Hudson, and the New York Central ordered over 20 each, whereas the Birmingham Southern and the Texas and Pacific railroads both ordered just a single locomotive. The success of the RS-2 would later pave the way for the RS-3. Today, only a handful of prototypes exist, mostly in museums or on tourists operations.

Features:

  • Slow Speed Motor
  • Golden-White LED s
  • Directional lighting
  • Dual brass flywheels
  • Low-friction mechanism
  • Dynamic brakes
  • Factory-installed AccuMate® magnetic knuckle couplers
  • Accurate painting and lettering

 

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Standard Item# Road Name Road Number DCC Item#
March 2019
Undec Standard MSRP: $119.95 Undec DCC MSRP: $159.95
Standard MSRP: $129.95 DCC MSRP: $169.95
N RS-2 Locomotive
40 004 600 Undecorated - 40 004 620
New Paint Schemes!
40 004 601 Chicago Great Western (Red/Maroon) 52 40 004 621
40 004 602 Chicago Great Western (Red/Maroon) 50 40 004 622
40 004 603 Chicago Great Western (Red/Maroon) 51 40 004 623
40 004 604 Delaware & Hudson (Blue/Gray/Yellow) 4001 40 004 624
40 004 605 Delaware & Hudson (Blue/Gray/Yellow) 4004 40 004 625
40 004 606 Delaware & Hudson (Blue/Gray/Yellow) 4009 40 004 626
40 004 607 Frisco (Black/Yellow) 552 40 004 627
40 004 608 Frisco (Black/Yellow) 553 40 004 628
40 004 609 Lehigh & New England (Black/White/Red) 651 40 004 629
40 004 610 Lehigh & New England (Black/White/Red) 653 40 004 630
40 004 611 Lehigh & New England (Black/White/Red) 656 40 004 631
40 004 612 New York Central* (Black/Gray/White) 8205 40 004 632
40 004 613 New York Central* (Black/Gray/White) 8203 40 004 633
40 004 614 New York Central* (Black/Gray/White) 8207 40 004 634
40 004 615 Spokane Portland & Seattle (Yellow/Black) 60 40 004 635
40 004 616 Spokane Portland & Seattle (Yellow/Black) 61 40 004 636
40 004 617 Spokane Portland & Seattle (Yellow/Black) 62 40 004 637