Update on Bowser’s Alco RS-3 project

Showing its Burlington Northern road number, 4070, was this late-production RS-3 still decorated for Spokane, Portland & Seattle in August 1976. The unit was from from the Pacific Northwest on lease to Conrail at Sharonville, Ohio. — Dan Dover photo, Kevin EuDaly collection

Update on Bowser’s Alco RS-3 project

HO ScaleBowser’s Lee English shared an early look at samples getting nearer to production on the company’s HO-scale Alco RS-3 diesel switcher model. This release will present late-production prototypes that have not been present in the hobby for a ready-to-run RS-3 offering before.There are many road names coming, but first offerings to arrive are expected to be Boston & Maine; Pennsylvania Railroad; Spokane, Portland & Seattle, and Western Maryland.

This fully assembled model will include a new dual sugar cube low-height speaker for Digital Command Control (DCC) and sound-equipped Alco RS-3s. Bowser will offer this new speaker design among its separately sold English’s Model Railroad line.


ABOVE: These are early incomplete shell examples from the factory building this model provided to Bowser to show and confirm details and assembly quality on this coming HO-scale Alco RS-3. The first models are expected to delivery during the second quarter and will include Boston & Maine; Pennsy; Spokane, Portland & Seattle; and Western Maryland.

Following those RS-3s, the company has announced Central Vermont, Delaware & Hudson, Erie Lackawanna, Grand Trunk Western, Green Bay & Western, Louisville & Nashville, The Milwaukee Road, Nickel Plate Road, Northern Pacific, and Norfolk & Western as future production offerings.

Check Bowser’s website or with your hobby dealer for additional information on these new late-production RS-3 diesel locomotive models.

Bowser Manufacturing

This article was posted on: January 21, 2021