1st look Railking RSD5

Just got my Railking RSD5 in Penn Central which I had pre-ordered. Sharp looking rendition of #6804 which came over to the PC from the PRR. Standard MTH Alco sounds - if you have a PS3 RS-1 or RS-3, it seems to be the same soundset but with a multi-note horn.  MTH chose to have this loco start up to run long hood forward. 

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I picked up an MTH 3.0 D&H RS3 back in March; my first MTH Alco.

Every time I start this engine up it leaves me grinning.  My first real job after I got out of college was at an export grain elevator and terminal along the Houston Ship Channel.  We had several Alco switchers plus an RS3.  The sounds my D&H RS3 make when starting up remind me of what our real Alcos sounded like.  The only thing missing is the belch of black exhaust we’d get out of the real ones.

And to SIRT’s comment about the headlight; at least the single lense headlights are correct for my D&H model.

Curt

Ralph, thanks for sharing the photos...and good luck with your new engine!  I pre-ordered a pair of the CNJ’s from one of the Forum sponsors and was just notified today that they are on their way.  I have big detailing/weathering plans for them when I can find the time.  I may even swap out the headlights to the prototypical dual version that SIRT mentioned.

Curt, I also purchased the D&H RS3 (a pair in fact) earlier this year, and have plans to detail them as well.  I love the ALCo sounds like you do, even if they are “generic”...and now that the PS3 versions have smoke units, all the better!  

I already owned the older D&H PS2 version (no smoke unit) and noticed on the latest run that MTH upgraded the truck side frames with more detail.  I can’t tell from Ralph’s photos if this upgrade applies to the RSD’s.  MTH has been doing quite a few of these product detail upgrades on their engines and Premier rolling stock over the past several years with very little fanfare or public announcement.  I think that’s great!

Joe A.

Enjoying this Great Hobby in memory of Dad & Pop...the "original Joe's" responsible for my interest in trains!!

Dual headlamps: did this particular locomotive group on the PC  actually have dual headlamps? (I haven't researched it.)

Very good-looking loco; I have always liked a simple black paint scheme, and those Tri-mount trucks are always sharp.

D500 posted:

Dual headlamps: did this particular locomotive group on the PC  actually have dual headlamps? (I haven't researched it.)

Very good-looking loco; I have always liked a simple black paint scheme, and those Tri-mount trucks are always sharp.

Yes, they did. 

3546a CR 6804 Buffalo 4-9-1977

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Homework indicates most RS3,4,5, units had dual lenses. Lionel has it correct, MTH not so much.

Found old BOWSER overpriced dual head light brass caps @6 bucks ea + 9 bucks to ship.

Quite pricy when you need 6.  ..........................Anyone have a better price or link?

D500 posted:

Dual headlamps: did this particular locomotive group on the PC  actually have dual headlamps? (I haven't researched it.)

Very good-looking loco; I have always liked a simple black paint scheme, and those Tri-mount trucks are always sharp.

The thing to remember is this is a RailKing model, so by nature it's not going to be prototype specific and use the RailKing RS3 body.

Rusty

Ralph M posted:

...MTH chose to have this loco start up to run long hood forward.

"Forward"?  Which end is "Forward"?  I don't see a little "F" at either end, despite having enlarged the photos to 200%.  Perhaps my eyesight is worse than I feared.

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SIRT posted:
Quite pricy when you need 6.  ..........................Anyone have a better price or link?

I think PSC makes some in both brass and plastic. Not sure of the prices but I'd imagine the plastic models would be a little cheaper.

All WM fans have true class! 

Rapid Transit Holmes posted:
Ralph M posted:

...MTH chose to have this loco start up to run long hood forward.

"Forward"?  Which end is "Forward"?  I don't see a little "F" at either end, despite having enlarged the photos to 200%.  Perhaps my eyesight is worse than I feared.

A small "F" from a decal or dry transfer sheet can easily take care of that...

Rusty

Ralph, thank you for posting this.  I did not order the engine and did so today after looking at your pictures.  

 

 

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My pair of CNJ’s arrived today.  I’m looking forward to getting them unboxed and tested over the weekend.  Will try to post some photos here.

Joe A.

Enjoying this Great Hobby in memory of Dad & Pop...the "original Joe's" responsible for my interest in trains!!

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SIRT posted:
Quite pricy when you need 6.  ..........................Anyone have a better price or link?

I think PSC makes some in both brass and plastic. Not sure of the prices but I'd imagine the plastic models would be a little cheaper.

Yes, PSC did (does?) offer brass dual headlight castings for ALCo RS-series locomotives.  As shown in the photos below, the PSC item # is 56179.  I purchased mine in January from P&D Hobby Shop for $4.50 per 2-pack.

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Joe A.

Enjoying this Great Hobby in memory of Dad & Pop...the "original Joe's" responsible for my interest in trains!!

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ES44AC posted:
SIRT posted:
Quite pricy when you need 6.  ..........................Anyone have a better price or link?

I think PSC makes some in both brass and plastic. Not sure of the prices but I'd imagine the plastic models would be a little cheaper.

Yes, PSC did (does?) offer brass dual headlight castings for ALCo RS-series locomotives.  As shown in the photos below, the PSC item # is 56179.  I purchased mine in January from P&D Hobby Shop for $4.50 per 2-pack.

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These P&D pieces can also be used to add the twin sealed beam headlights to a Williams Niagara. They are not quite the same, but a little judicious filing for a smoother face (or a little judicious ignoring) makes them serve the purpose. 

On the MTH RSD (I have a dummy WM RSD, "scheduled" for a re-lettering, whenever), however - I had forgotten that MTH blew it on the contour of the hood ends on this shell - used for the RS-3, also - they are much too flat. It bugs me, as does like the Premier MTH NYC Hudson smoke box front door (just the door) - wrong contour there, too. I still like the RSD, but that incorrect shape error is surprising. Their RS-1 is fine.

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