Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive

Close to 10 years ago, in early 2001, Lionel brought out a very nice model of the Alco (American Locomotive Company) RS-11 diesel.  Now, I'm no fan of diesels, but the look and livery of this one convinced me to add it to my layout.  The RS in the designation stood for "road switcher", meaning that the locomotive was designed for either switching duties in a yard or over-the-road duties hauling trains.  First built in 1956, the RS-11 was Alco's answer to EMD's very successful GP-9.  As you can see in this True HD 1080p video, it runs very well and has good sound albeit being weak in the smoke department (this smoke unit was worked over by me to provide maximum possible smoke output).  This locomotive came equipped with Lionel's TMCC remote control which allowed you to get away from the transformer, very convenient when you're shooting video!

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