Broadway Limited Imports HO ALCo RSD-15, with Paragon3 Sound Featuring Rolling Thunder
Santa Fe, Zebra Stripe #802
BLI Item #4883
The ALCO RSD-15 were built between 1956 and 1960 in Schenectady, New York. Rated at 2,400 horsepower these versatile were known as a Jack of all trades as they were suited for mainline freight as well as passenger service. They also saw duty as a yard switcher! Railroads could order the RSD-15 with either a high or low front hood. Low hood versions quickly donned the nickname of Alligators
Industry Leading Features
- NEW Paragon3 Sound & Operation System Featuring ROLLING THUNDER with Authentic Sounds and Prototypical Operation in both DC and DCC environments
- Factory Installed Engineer / Fireman Figures
- Locomotive Composition: ABS Body with Die Cast Chassis
- Couplers: (2) Operating Kadee or Compatible
- Compatible Tracks: Code 70, 83, 100 Rail
- Equipped with Traction Tires
- Minimum Operating Radius: 18 in or greater
The ALCO RSD-15 was a diesel-electric locomotive of the road switcher type built by ALCO (the American Locomotive Company) of Schenectady, New York between August 1956 and June 1960, during which time 75 locomotives were produced. The RSD-15 was powered by an ALCO 251 16-cylinder four-cycle V-type prime mover rated at 2,400 horsepower (1.79 MW); it superseded the almost identical ALCO 244-engined RSD-7, and was cataloged alongside the similar but smaller 1,800 hp RSD-12, powered by a 12-cylinder 251-model V-type diesel engine.
The locomotive rode on a pair of three-axle Trimount trucks, in an AAR C-C wheel arrangement, with all axles powered by General Electric model 752 traction motors. These trucks have an asymmetrical axle spacing because of the positioning of the traction motors. The six-motor design allowed higher tractive effort at lower speeds than an otherwise similar four-motor design.
The RSD-15 could be ordered with either a high or low short hood. Railfans dubbed the low short hood version “Alligators”, on account of their unusually long low noses.