In NYC Lightning Stripes, Vol. 2, page
50, there is a photo of a covey of RS-11's in LS, BUT the caption says: "Six
RS-11's were assembled by ALCO in 1960 on the basis of a verbal commitment from
an NYC official, but they were never accepted by the NYC and remained in storage
at Selkirk roundhouse through 1960. Eventually they were purchased by the
D&H and repainted by ALCO in their new gray and blue color scheme early
in 1961. These RS-11's (#8009-8014) were the ONLY ONES (added emphasis)
delivered in lightning stripes as the first group (#8000-8009) were painted
Sorry for the bad news in re the
RS-11's, but I will check more on the RS3's.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2001 9:03
Subject: PC: Lightning stripes in the PC
In HO scale, Atlas has recently released
their RS3 and RS11 models in
New York Central, but only in "lightning
stripe" paint. While I wish
that they would also release a "cigar band"
version that would be
appropriate to use on an early Penn Central-era
layout, I got to
wondering: were there any NYC locomotives still sporting
"lightning stripes" in 1968 or 1969? Anyone ever recall seeing a
of or in person any such engines? I'm trying to determine if I
get away with, prototypically, buying and running a "lightning
Alco on my future 1969-era layout. Obviously, I wouldn't be able
assemble a fleet of striped power, nor would they be in pristine
(I'd probably weather it up pretty good first).
I saw one
photo on George Elwood's NYC locomotive page
of a pair of F7s
in 1969 still wearing stripes, so it appears there were
two that made
the merger. I'm just trying to get a feel how many more there
out there, so I can justify either buying or not buying that
RS11 that keeps calling my name at the hobby shop each month...
It's not the trains that amaze me--
it's the fish heads.
-- Mark Bailey