by Jeff Smith
Cross-posting to Amtrak, then Modeling: https://www.trains.com/mrr/news-reviews ... urboliner/
Rapido Trains HO scale RTL Turbolinerhttps://rapidotrains.com/ho-scale/compl ... __store=us
The Rapido Trains HO scale RTL Turboliner paid a visit to our Milwaukee, Racine & Troy staff layout recently. Join Model Railroader editor Eric White and senior editor Cody Grivno as they take a look at the features on this ready-to-run model and take it for a tour of the Milwaukee, Racine & Troy. How fast will the five-car train go? Stay tuned to find out.
Rapido Trains offers the HO scale RTL Turboliner in a five-car set (Amtrak phase 3 early, phase 3 late, and phase 5) and a two-car set (Amtrak X2000 Demonstrator). Single coaches and coach/snack bar cars are also available.
In the 1970s – with Amtrak still reeling from inheriting a proverbial mixed bag of equipment from the former passenger carriers – efforts were made to improve passenger services along key corridors. Following the success of the French-built RTG Turboliners in the mid-1970s in the Midwest, Amtrak turned to Rohr Industries in California to build modernized Turboliners for use along the Empire Corridor.
Entering service starting in September 1976, these new RTL Turboliners quickly proved their value, bringing passengers back to the rails. Equipped with third-rail shoes, they operated on electric power through New York’s Grand Central Terminal (and later Penn Station), switching to gas-turbine power once out of New York City. Painted in Amtrak’s stunning red, white and blue Phase III paint scheme, they operated on most Empire Corridor services, as well as regular appearances on the Adirondack to and from Montreal in the early years. Occasional equipment needs even put the Turbos on other rare adventures outside their normal call of duty, including the Niagara Rainbow to Detroit via Southwestern Ontario, and the Maple Leaf to Toronto via Niagara Falls.