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Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
Burlington Northern 
No. T232J
No. 08309

Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
Delaware & Hudson
No. T232K

Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
Green Bay & Western
No. T232F

Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
Lehigh Valley
 

Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
Missouri Pacific

Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
Penn Central

Life-Like RS-11 Southern Pacific

Alco RS-11 Diesel Locomotive
Southern Pacific
No. T232G

This European-made HO-Scale ALCO RS-11 started its career in the U.S. in the Varney line and later into Life-Like's offerings.  Over the years, AHM, Model Power, and others have imported similar examples of this model.  Similar to the basic design of the Century-628s and Century-415s, this model also features the thick heavy handrails that are cast on the engine's frame.  The hoods and cab sections are a separate shell that sits on the frame.  Though certainly crude, for their day they were rare examples of HO-Scale diesel that included tread on the walkways that is now common on most all upscale modern offerings.
 
The Life-Like RS-11 carried a suggested retail price of $14.00 in the early 1970s. 

Just when did Varney disappear and Life-Like appear on HO-scale trains?  If you follow the ads in Railroad Model Craftsman magazine, the date is March 1970 for the debut of Life-Like's name on the former Varney line of trains.  Above is the February 1970 Varney ad for the RS-11 and below is the March 1970 Life-Like ad for the same model.

Below is an example of the Varney RS-11 model.  This would be the same Yugoslovian made RS-11 sold by Life-Like right down the the Penn Central decoration.