RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
No. 7096 -1989 Release
Delaware & Hudson
No.8180 Roadnumber 5001
No.8181 Roadnumber 5005
No. 7097 MEC #801 -1989 Release
No. 7098 MEC #802 -1989 Release
New York Central
No.7095 -1985 Release
Nickel Plate Road
Norfolk & Western
Seaboard Coast Line
No. 8186 SCL #1202
No. 8187 SCL #1208
Atlas introduces its Kato-made ALCO RS-11 in December
1985. This RS-11 model was the second new ALCO to arrive in the Atlas line, following the RS-3 by about a year.
The original group of roadnames included: Burlington Northern; New York Central; Norfolk & Western; Pennsylvania;
Southern Pacific; and an Undecorated example. The retail price for the 1985 RS-11 diesels from Atlas was $47 with powered
Model Railroader includes the original Atlas RS-11 release in its Trade Topics column
in January 1986. Jim Hediger reviewed the RS-11 and commented, "Atlas has come up with another fine-looking, fine-running
model here." The review points out only one issue with this model, that of a slightly too short wheelbase. Kato
used the same chassis that served under the RS-3 and that makes it a foot short in the wheelbase department for an RS-11.
Hediger states, "truck centers are spaced inward a scale 6", so this minor discrepancy will not be apparent to most modelers."
The Southern Pacific RS-11 example is pictured by Model Railroader in its Trade Topics review.
Railroad Model Craftsman includes a review of the Atlas RS-11 in their Test Track column
of the February 1986 issue. Jim Eager's review states, "Atlas's new model is in some ways even better than its immediate
predecessor." Eager points out the truck spacing issue of being a scale foot short. Also noted is an "exaggerated
width of the fuel tank needed to clear the shape of the RS3 underframe." The RMC review includes shots of both sides
of the N&W RS-11 example.
The ad pictured above is from the January '86 issue of Model Railroader.
A set of five RS-11 models was part of the Atlas 1989 product
line offerings: Conrail (#7096); Maine Central #801 (#7097); Maine Centrail #802 (#7098); Northern Pacific (#7099);
New Haven (#7100).