RPM Society Meeting/Rapido RS-11s

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Sun Jul 28 09:42:34 EDT 2019

On a prior note a member mentioned sand port/cover locations on the exhibit
model..  The N&W units when initially ordered and received had the standard
ALCO arrangement with a sand ports/covers in each notch on each end of the
locomotive hood (2 ports/covers on each end of the locomotive).  Along with
boxy lovers the units were modified placing a single sand port/cap on top
of the roof at each end of the locomotive hood.  Footsteps were installed
in the notches where the original sand port/caps had been.  In all the
pictures I've examined these steps were always installed in the notches on
the long hood end but more often than not they weren't installed in the
notches of the short hood end.  So with that said footsteps in the notches
of the short hood end would be unit specific.  In looking at the pictures
of the exhibit model I don't see the single sand ports/caps that N&W
installed on the top of the models roof at each end of the locomotive.  I
would think that this exhibit model isn't complete-complete and these sand
ports/caps will be on the production models?

With that said this model is absolutely beautiful.  As a long term (over 60
years) N&W HO modeler ( a collector of brass steam but an operator of
diesels) ...................................................of all the
models a manufacturer could develop...... a prototypically, accurate HO,
N&W 300 series RS11 has been my foremost wish.  Kudos to Rapido for their
effort.  I very much look forward to the models arriving and operating them
on my model railroad and hope RAPIDO will consider doing future runs with
the models painted black with script and half moon harolds.

Ed Painter - member #70 from Narrows, VA living in Cohutta, GA

On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 12:21 AM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>

>  Greetings from the St. Louis RPM. This meet is a very well attended by
> modelers and manufacturers alike. I happened upon the Rapido display and
> captured more images of the forthcoming N&W RS-11 sample.  If you recall, I
> posted photos of the sample back in January.  At that time, the sample had
> the cab that was incorrect (height). The cab has been re-tooled and fitted
> to the sample.  One Item that is missing from the sample is the knuckle
> basket and Rapido is well aware. These units are will arrive late 2019 per
> Rapido’s web site.  Please see the enclosed photos.
>   Ron Davis has joined me for this venture as there are many historical
> societies present. Ron spent the better part of yesterday speaking with the
> other societies regarding their current status and pending challenges.
> Too, there was a meeting of all society representatives last evening to
> discuss the challenges of the future.  Many topics and ideas of which to
> type in this message.  The highlight of the meeting was the other societies
> expressing praise and envy of our archives, website, and the software we
> use for accession. We walked out feeling pretty good despite the challenges
> that lie ahead.  Kudos to all of the archives volunteers and members that
> make it possible!
> Regards,
> Todd Arnett
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