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I have been looking for a MTH Delaware and Hudson RS3 for a while. I found a few at various dealers online but when I ordered them, they ended up being out of stock. Basically a case where the dealers weren’t updating their sites.

I get an email occasionally from Toy Train Heaven in PA. I have bought HO stuff from them in the past. I believe they are related to the Bowser company.

Anyway, I went on their site and looked at their O gauge section. It is kind of sparse in selection, but here they had the MTH RK RS3 listed in D&H. I ordered it and it was shipped the same day.

It arrived quickly in fine condition. It is a PS3 version and well detailed for a RailKing product.

I wanted this engine as in the past, I had occasion to work with/operate one of its sister engines, D&H 4129, which later was owned by the Adirondack Railroad and used to haul passengers during the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY. It then ended up on the Buffalo Southern Railroad. It is now stored as a parts source and will eventually be scrapped.

Here are a few pics of the model and one of the actual D&H RS3 from my past...

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I have always admired that paint scheme.
I never knew that place went by Toy Train Heaven. It was always English's. Same place though. They used to have a separate address but combined with Bowser over ten years ago. We stop there twice a year on our way to York. They have been scaling back on their O scale but a good place for other hobby, scratch building supplies, and paint.

Two web sites, same place.
http://englishsmodelrailroad.com
http://www.toytrainheaven.com

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Yes, they are in Montoursville PA. I have been buying from them for years. They used to have big ads in the RMC magazine. Used to order using the USPS via hand written letter back then...

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Ten years ago, I didn’t know anything about the D&H. Then I saw the MTH PS2 ALCO RS3 and I really liked the D&H version of the lightning stripe paint scheme so I picked up the powered unit and the dummy unit. Then I became a D&H fan and read Shaughnessy’s book. A few years ago, my wife and I did a road trip to trace part of the canal (Carbondale, Archbald, Waymart, Honesdale, Lackawaxen, Cuddebackville. Nice country.
 

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That's a good looking RS3 Tom. Happy to hear that little search is over. :thumbsup:

English's is my go to shop. About 60m from home but, our mountain place/hunting camp is about halfway ssoooo!!! ;)
 

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I bought the Lionel Coastal Set back in the early 90's. D&H RS-3, loved the paint scheme! Enjoy Tom!
 

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Thanks guys. Just waiting for the matching caboose to arrive!

The D&H was an interesting railroad. It was a bridge line, carrying goods into the northeast. It has a long history including canals and railroads.

My wife’s grandfather worked for the D&H out of Taylor PA for many years as a conductor.

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Tom excuse the thread drift, but thanks to your post a bit of serendipity ensued. After discovering English's had a web site called Toy Train Heaven with a list of their inventory I found some decals for my FEF project that have been out of stock at Microscale for years and every other retailer and auction site as well.
Happy Holidays my friend!

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Pete, Toy Train Heaven has certainly been around for a long time. I never realized they went by other names other than the Bowser moniker. They are not really strong in O scale, but they are worth checking out if you need something out of the ordinary.

John, you aren’t repainting your EL RS3s are you? That would be a mortal sin....;);)

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Ed, that's the low priced spread, it's conventional and has the cheap truck mounted motors with the plastic gears. $50 is probably all it's worth. :D
OK, all I saw was the D&H RS3.
Good for sitting in a scrap yard scene after some weathering and graffiti. :D
 

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Yeah, the Lionel RS-3 looks good, but I was looking for a scale version, or as close as I could get. That’s why I went with the MTH Railking version. Thanks though...

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I believe that Lionel is scale sized, but it's just a poor quality example. :)
Yes, the handrails are a little too “Post War” looking for my desires. Not that there is anything wrong with that...

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