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Rapido Brings Speed Back to the Rails

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.

Photo courtesy Mike Danneman

 

 

Photo courtesy Mike Danneman

 

After nearly 20 years of service under their belts, Amtrak selected one RTL set in 1994 to be rebuilt into what would be called the RTL-II, incorporating several improvements including new turbines, a remodelled interior, a striking new demonstrator paint scheme, in addition to extending the lifespan of the set for several more years. While this set continued in service until 2003, no other RTL-II sets were ever commissioned.

Further redevelopments and improvements of the fleet into the RTL-IIIs was never fully realized, and all were retired from active service in 2004. Conventional equipment has since been utilized on the Empire Corridor services in place of the once mighty Turboliners.

The Rapido HO Scale Turboliner Features

  • Accurately designed using original blueprints and field measurements
  • Tinted windows, full interior details and flicker-free interior lighting
  • Separate factory installed grab irons
  • Full underbody details and highly-detailed trucks, including third-rail shoes
  • Both Power Cars come with smooth, reliable drive systems for optimal performance
  • Working headlights, marker lights and cab-mounted strobe lights
  • DCC models feature accurate sounds sourced and remastered from original videos

Available for Pre-Order Now

Order direct or through your favourite dealer.

This was a conditional announcement. We are pleased to inform you the Turboliner is going ahead!

 

We will have samples later in 2020 and we will announce a final order deadline at that time.

Please reserve yours now!

Turboliner Sets

 

DCC Sound

USD Price CAD Price

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #1 - Phase III Early

Consist Numbers: 150, 170, 171, 172, 151

SKU: 025501

$949.95 $1,139.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #3 - Phase III Early

Consist Numbers: 154, 176, 177, 178, 155

SKU: 025502

$949.95 $1,139.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #2 - Phase III Late

Consist Numbers: 152, 173, 174, 175, 153

SKU: 025503

$949.95 $1,139.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #4 - Phase III Late

Consist Numbers: 156, 179, 180, 181, 157

SKU: 025504

$949.95 $1,139.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #5 - Phase V

Consist Numbers: 2141, 2288, 2374, 2284, 2162
Please note this model uses an RTL-I body style.

SKU: 025505

$949.95 $1,139.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - X2000 Demonstrator

Consist Numbers: 154, 158

SKU: 025506

$649.95 $779.95

DC Silent

USD Price CAD Price

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #1 - Phase III Early

Consist Numbers: 150, 170, 171, 172, 151

SKU: 025001

$749.95 $899.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #3 - Phase III Early

Consist Numbers: 154, 176, 177, 178, 155

SKU: 025002

$749.95 $899.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #2 - Phase III Late

Consist Numbers: 152, 173, 174, 175, 153

SKU: 025003

$749.95 $899.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #4 - Phase III Late

Consist Numbers: 156, 179, 180, 181, 157

SKU: 025004

$749.95 $899.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - Set #5 - Phase V

Consist Numbers: 2141, 2288, 2374, 2284, 2162
Please note this model uses an RTL-I body style.

SKU: 025005

$749.95 $899.95

HO Scale RTL Turboliner - X2000 Demonstrator

Consist Numbers: 154, 158

SKU: 025006

$449.95 $539.95

 

Add-on Coaches

 

 

 

Officially licensed by Amtrak. Amtrak is a registered service mark of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

 

Turboliner Consist Information

Set # Car Number (Original) Car Number (2000/01 Renumbering) Car Type Seating Notes
Set 1 150 2150 Power Car 40 coach seats 2
  170 2270 Coach 72 coach seats 2
  171 2371 Food Service Coach 52 coach seats  
  172 2272 Coach 72 coach seats 2
  151 2131 Power Car 27 parlor/club seats 1
Set 2 152 2152 Power Car 40 coach seats  
  173 2273 Coach 72 coach seats 2
  174 2374 Food Service Coach 52 coach seats 2
  175 2275 Coach 72 coach seats  
  153 2133 Power Car 27 parlor/club seats  
Set 3 154 2154 Power Car 40 coach seats  
  176 2276 Coach 72 coach seats 2
  177 2377 Food Service Coach 52 coach seats  
  178 2278 Coach 72 coach seats  
  155 2135 Power Car 27 parlor/club seats 2
Set 4 156 2156 Power Car 40 coach seats  
  179 2279 Coach 72 coach seats 1
  180 2380 Food Service Coach 52 coach seats 1
  181 2281 Coach 72 coach seats 1
  157 2137 Power Car 27 parlor/club seats  
Set 5 158 2158 Power Car 40 coach seats 2
  182 2282 Coach 72 coach seats  
  183 2383 Food Service Coach 52 coach seats 2
  184 2284 Coach 72 coach seats 2
  159 2139 Power Car 27 parlor/club seats 1
Set 6 160 2160 Power Car 40 coach seats  
  185 2285 Coach 72 coach seats  
  186 2386 Food Service Coach 52 coach seats  
  187 2287 Coach 72 coach seats  
  161 2141 Power Car 27 parlor/club seats 2
Set 7 162 2162 Power Car 40 coach seats 2
  188 2288 Coach 72 coach seats 2
  189 2389 Food Service Coach 52 coach seats 2
  190 2290 Coach 72 coach seats  
  163 2143 Power Car 27 parlor/club seats 2

1 These cars were rebuilt into the one RTL-II set in 1994.

2 These cars were rebuilt (and completed) into RTL-IIIs before the project was ended.

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