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Rapido Trains Inc. is proud to reveal its latest all-Canadian model in HO Scale, the highly successful Montreal Locomotive Works RS-18 locomotive, Canada’s answer to the classic Alco RS-11 general-purpose road-switcher.
The MLW RS-18 was the successor to the 1,600hp 244-powered RS-10 which proved to be somewhat unreliable. There were no such issues with the 1,800hp RS-18, with its 12-cylinder model 251B diesel engine, and it is widely considered to be MLWs most successful product from both an operational and a mechanical point of view.
Based on the Alco RS-11, the Canadian-specific RS-18 (which MLW designated DL-718) was alike in most aspects externally and internally except for the notchless hood ends.
Montreal Locomotive Works constructed 351 RS-18s between December 1956 and June 1968 for eight railways including Canadian National (225), Canadian Pacific (72), Pacific Great Eastern (29), and 25 for smaller railways.
The RS-18 was available in both “standard” and “lightweight” versions, which usually, but not always, rode on standard 9’-4” wheelbase AAR type B trucks or special lightweight trucks respectively. CN acquired examples of both (131 standard versus 94 lightweight units).
Canadian National’s fleet of 225 units, numbered 3615-3893, was delivered between December 1956 and August 1960, designated MR-18-a to MR-18-g. This included 30 units with 80-mph gearing and steam lines for passenger service. The last was retired in 1993 after nearly four decades of service.
•3D scanned from an actual RS-18 for 100% accurate shape and dimensions
•Rapido’s innovative dead straight metal side handrails with plastic stanchions
•Incredible underframe detail including traction motor cables and other piping, re-railer and a ridiculous number of separately-applied parts
•Roadname-specific details with or without dynamic brakes where appropriate
•Operational headlights, rear lights, bi-colour class lights, illuminated cab control stand & operational factory-installed ditch lights (where appropriate)
•Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory
•Highly detailed cab interior with dual control stands where appropriate
•Heavy, die-cast chassis with Rapido’s proven 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth drive
•DCC/DC ESU Loksound Fitted
•Accurate sounds recorded from a real Alco 251B prime mover
•Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers mounted at the correct height
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