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Jouef HO scale Amtrak RTG Turboliner

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Published on Nov 6, 2009

Amtrak HO scale RTG Turboliner by Jouef. In order to try to acquire a modern image, in 1973 Amtrak purchased 6 RTG train sets from ANF Frangeco in France for service out of Chicago IL to Detroit MI, Port Huron MI, Milwaukee WI, St. Louis MO, and Carbondale IL. Three years later they were augmented by 7 RTL sets built by Rohr Corp. in California, which were assigned to service from New York City to Albany and Montreal, Canada as well as NY City to Albany and then west to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. For a short time one ran as far as Cleveland, OH from NY City. Eventually all Turbos settled in running just between NY City and Albany with a few running only as far as Syracuse, NY. The RTL's were almost identical to the RTG's except for a more streamlined nose and a centered cafe counter in the food service car. Later two of the RTG's were rebuilt with RTL noses and joined the RTL's in New York State. Today all Turboliners in the U.S. have been retired and all but 2 sets have been scrapped. The 2 sets in storage are facing an uncetain future and may also be scrapped by now. When I took delivery of this train set, even though it was in Amtrak colors it still had European buffers on the cab ends which I immediately removed. To see what this train originally looked like watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnzqc2... and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VS9a4... . The holes in the anticlimbers where the buffers were located were filled in, then the center of the anticlimbers were cut out for the installation of Kay-Dee couplers. Pilots, upper headlight/deadman light assemblies, K-5LA air horns, and anticlimber extensions were added and windshield panes were painted black to match the American prototype. Then I replaced the single bulb that lit up the lower part of the cab with two grain-of-rice bulbs, giving the motor unit two prototypical working headlights. The result is what you see. See also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKQHZg... .

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