Post by stevenhong on Jul 21, 2020 10:12:37 GMT -5
I am currently thinking about getting myself an RSD-5 in a while, but it seems the only plastic option is the old Atlas one. I am thinking of getting one on Ebay for cheap, but Atlas is apparently making them for their Classic series. Is their any difference between the old one and the new run?
The newer ones have a little thinner handrails, led lighting, coupler boxes help hold the shell on, etc. Other than those small updates, the body tooling is virtually the same between the two except for the addition of individually applied grab irons on the new one. If you don't want to spend a small fortune, the older "yellow box" Atlas are still a good starting point, and the Kato mechanisms are fantastic with DCC.
What lighting does the old one have? Also, is the mechanism any good?
It has just standard incandescent bulbs, if you're doing DCC it's worth it to upgrade to LED's anyway. The older "yellow box" Atlas engines have a Kato drive, very durable and smooth running, and work fantastic with DCC conversions.