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My New Lionel D&H RS-3
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My New Lionel D&H RS-3
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« on: Jan 5th, 2012, 2:21pm »
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Hi guys,  
 
 I had a great find on Ebay the other night. a Lionel D&H RS-3 from 1991 still practically brand new, and best part it's made in America! I know since 2001 Lionel has been making trains in China which kinda curbed my interest in new Lionel trains. I am actively purchasing postwar Lionel trains and accessories because I love the "Made in the US of America" stamps. It's a shame Lionel doesnt make  them here anymore but I guess it's just a sign of the times. I am aware the road number on my RS-3 is innaccurated. I believe Lionel put 8814 for the model number. But all in all it's a fantastic looking piece. I also purchased a D&H Boxcar from 1977 made by Lionel. Hopefully one day I can get my whole train set in a permanent display instead of just a Christmas one. Take care guys!


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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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Re: My New Lionel D&H RS-3
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 5th, 2012, 2:23pm »
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Sorry guys picture wouldnt work on the first post. Heres the pic!

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 5th, 2012, 2:33pm »
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Here she is with the boxcar.

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 5th, 2012, 8:17pm »
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That's a nice find! I have a D&H set from Lionel circa the late '80s, complete with an RS3 and caboose, so I can understand the joy you must have felt when purchasing the locomotive.    

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 6th, 2012, 4:46pm »
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I have that same RS-3 and its a great engine. One thing I did not like about it is it tended to race and was hard to control speed. My layout is not level since my house isn't either. I modified the engine by wiring the motors in series. I also replaced the headlights and added cab lights. I documented it here.
 
http://www.nepaview.com/dh-rs-3-locomotive-modifications.html
 
The video shows the difference with the motors wired in series.  
 
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 7th, 2012, 11:10am »
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Hey Mike,
 I dont have an issue with my engine overspeedingg. But I do like the headlight LED upgrade. I eventually would like to paint the railings yellow since many of the photographs if not all of D&H RS-3's in the lightning scheme have yellow railings. Thanks for sharing the pics and video Mike!


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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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