Atlas RS-3 vs. Kato RS-2

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Honger, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. Honger

    Honger Member

    I'm pretty set on using a few RS3's as locomotives for my freelanced road. However, I'm very partial to Kato locomotives (in spite of the fact that I won't be able to afford many of them). I've heard the Atlas RS-3 is a Kato locomotive sold under Atlas' name. Is that true?
    I've no objections to Atlas locomotives, especially if all I've heard about them is true. Since these locos are out of production Ebay is probably my best bet... though my LHS has an undecorated Atlas RS-3 for $75.
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The first run of Atlas Rs-3's was made by Kato. I think the more recent production run is manufactured by the same manufacturer that Atlas currently uses for their other models.
  3. stuart_canada

    stuart_canada Member

    i have one of the atlas rs3 units in CNR paint made by kato , would not trade it for anything. Very quiet runner, runs well and is very sharp looking.
    my gf got me it at a train show. used for 40 bucks. nicest unit in the fleet I think. i run a small fleet of 30 plus made up of bachmann spectrums, bachmann plus, athearn, atlas and kato.

    I enjoy the atlas units and the kato units but price does reflect in the number of them i have on my layout, total 2 and 2. 18 plus athearns, and 5 bachmanns ( only 1 plus unit)

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