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HO Atlas Alco RS-32 Conrail "Patch" #2031

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MSRP: $129.95
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Item Number: 10 001 508
Manufacturer: Atlas Model Railroad Co
Manufacturer Part No: 10 001 508

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HO Atlas Alco RS-32 Conrail "Patch" #2031
 
Powered: Yes
 
Couplers: (F/R) Accu-Mates
 
 
 
Item Grade: C9 - Factory New
 
Manufacturers Website: Atlas Model Railroad Co

About The Model

Designated as a “DL721” by ALCo, the 2,000hp RS-32 was intended to compete with EMD’s GP20 and GE’s U25B locomotives. Only 35 units were produced, with 25 units ordered by New York Central in 1961 and 10 units by Southern Pacific in 1962. New York Central’s RS-32s were commonly seen in both road and local freight assignments. Southern Pacific’s units were initially used in road service, but later settled into local freight service in San Francisco’s “commute” territory. Here they were sometimes called upon to rescue stalled commuter trains. They later migrated across the system, ending their SP careers in Texas during the late 1970s with various other ALCo models.

Designated as a “DL701” by ALCo, the 1,800hp RS-36 was only slightly more successful than the RS32, with a total of 40 units produced between 1961 and 1963. Interestingly the DL701 designation was also used for the RS-11 locomotive, and this has been the cause of some confusion when tallying fleet rosters. The largest purchaser of RS36s was Delaware & Hudson with a total of 12 units. These units served the D&H well, operating in road and local freight service through the 1980s. A few units even lasted into the 1990s holding yard and local assignments, serving their original owner for nearly 30 years. Norfolk & Western eventually amassed a larger fleet than the D&H, with the acquisition of Nickel Plate’s 11 units, giving N&W a total fleet of 17 units (some with high short hoods). Other original owners included Tennessee Central, Apache, Atlantic & Danville and Chicago & North Western (single unit order).

Given their very low production numbers, it is interesting to note that a handful of RS-32 and RS-36 locomotives can still be found in service today on a few US shortlines and tourist railroads.

Background on National Locomotive Company #1800:

In the late 1970s a locomotive rebuilding operation was based out of the Morristown & Erie Railroad’s shop in Morristown , NJ . Various Southern Pacific and Norfolk & Western Alco RS-11, RS-32 and RS-36 models were purchased with the intent to rebuild for resale or lease. The experiment was not successful and most locomotives were scrapped before entering service. It is believed that only one locomotive was fully repainted before scrapping. NALCO #1800 was painted into an M&E-inspired red and blue paint scheme and operated for a very short time before falling victim to continual mechanical and electrical problems.

Features:

  • The Atlas Trainman® low nose RS-32 / RS-36 model uses the same smooth-running drive as our Atlas Classic RS-11 locomotive. This model will come with or without dynamic brakes as appropriate per road name.
  • NMRA 8-pin plug for DCC
  • True scale dimensions with accurate details
  • Separately applied hand rails and end railings
  • Locating dimples for grab irons
  • Directional lighting
  • Realistic die-cast underframes
  • Equipped with AccuMate® Couplers



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