Atlas HO RS-3

nhhe52
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3:49 PM - Sep 20, 2018 #1

Is this the correct paint scheme for this Atlas HO RS-3 model?  Shouldn't it be half moon or full moon?  This is, well, no moon?

Ed
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rsullivan
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4:41 PM - Sep 20, 2018 #2

     Mr. Ed(nhhe52). On page 28 of Mr. H.F. Cavanaugh's Diesel Locomotives of the New Haven Railroad (1980) it shows in the upper picture four DERS-2c (RS-3) arriving at Cedar Hill in 1964. The first two units have the paint scheme shown on the model. While very dirty, a magnifier over the end of the bottom stripe on the first unit shows no curving upwards. It just ends at the cab. The second unit has the bottom stripe go into the battery box with no curve from the battery box upwards. The unit numbers are shadowed and unreadable. So, it is correct for some units, but I don't know if the numbers assigned by Atlas will match other photos of the units in this livery. 
    We do know that the headlight housing is incorrect and will require replacement. The part number and manufacturer of the replacement housing was covered on an earlier post. Hope this helps some.
Richard #3967
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nhhe52
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6:08 PM - Sep 20, 2018 #3

Thanks Richard,

Ed
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Peter R Ness
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7:11 PM - Sep 20, 2018 #4

Hi  Ed,
I think Swanberg's New Haven Power covers this fairly well - but I am not looking at it right now.  The RS-3s were delivered in a couple of batches, 547-536 August 1950, 537-546 Oct-Nov. 1951, 547-561 Jan. 1952. 

There were two slightly different delivery schemes; Both schemes had a 12" band along the bottom of the hoods just above the walkways, green cab and green hood. That would be the scheme shown above on the Atlas model diagram. 

The other delivery scheme also had a 12" stripe on the bottom, green cab and green hood, but there was a radius on the bottom stripe by the cab.  While the graphic image above shoes this, the image has a 6" wide stripe on the cab hoods above the walkway - it's also labeled RS-2.... 

Now, I'm going a bit from memory here so someone can post to correct me, the I believe the scheme shown on the Atlas model numbered 552, was actually the scheme applied to the early (lower numbered) units.I believe units 547-561 were delivered with the radius next to the cab. Which, if my memory is correct, would mean either the road number is too high or the paint scheme is incorrect...you guys just jump up and yell if I have this all bass-ackwards...

The "Balloon" or "hotdog" scheme (radius next to cab connecting hood and bottom bands) was railroad-applied to some units. To my knowledge the "half-balloon" (radius at the cab on the bottom band only with 6" bottom stripe) was also railroad-applied.

Regards,
Peter  
 
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nhhe52
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8:02 PM - Sep 20, 2018 #5

Thanks Peter,

Ed
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Bill Chapin
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12:26 AM - Sep 21, 2018 #6

All NH RS3's were delivered with the small (3' radius?) fillet on the lower half of the orange next to the cab.  The RS2's were a different matter.  The drawing of 552 above is wrong in that it lacks the fillet.  517-536 were delivered in Pullman green and orange with orange top of hood.  537-561 were delivered similarly, but with a Pullman green top of like 552 above and had no fillet on the upper half of the orange next to the cab.  This fillet WAS applied by the RR to only 2 units (523 and 524 IIRC).  This was the "Hotdog" scheme and used #401 Exterior Green, rather than Pullman green, which was not as brownish and they also had the black script on each end of the hoods.

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nhhe52
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7:20 AM - Sep 21, 2018 #7

Thanks Bill,

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John Sheridan
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8:00 AM - Sep 21, 2018 #8

nhhe52 wrote: Is this the correct paint scheme for this Atlas HO RS-3 model?  Shouldn't it be half moon or full moon?  This is, well, no moon?

Ed
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It has already been addressed & fixed for the upcoming Atlas model.
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rivermanvt
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9:08 AM - Sep 30, 2018 #9

Say fellows, Can't someone other than Atlas with their grossly incorrect body molding be convinced to do a New Haven RS-3?
                    I'd even take and Athearn/Roundhouse model and modify the drive train just to have their much improved carbody.

                    Just my two bits worth, Don Valentine
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EdwardStewart
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9:03 PM - Sep 30, 2018 #10

rivermanvt wrote: Say fellows, Can't someone other than Atlas with their grossly incorrect body molding be convinced to do a New Haven RS-3?
                    I'd even take and Athearn/Roundhouse model and modify the drive train just to have their much improved carbody.

                    Just my two bits worth, Don Valentine

    MR. Valentine, Athearn did the New Haven RS-3 #539 in the Ready to Roll line with DCC Quick plug equipped, it was Athearn #94009, Hope this helps !
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