Engineer Ed and I hit the train show in Atlanta last week and the New York Central Train Layout has added Proto 1000 RS2 #0503 to the fleet. The class 1 New Haven RR served the Northeast, mainly New England, in colorful style but with little profit. Heavy in passenger operations and light in freight the NH was forced into Penn Central on January 1, 1969.
New Haven passenger trains enjoyed access to both the New York Central's Grand Central Terminal and the Pennsylvania's Pennsylvania Station. The NH boasted a locomotive line up that included catenary powered electrics and dual powered 3rd rail electrics. The New Haven was a principle in the smoke abatement from the NYC tunnels into GCT. In 1904 a NYC train crashed into the rear of a NH train in the dense fog of the tunnels. The NH also enjoyed a decent relationship with the PRR combining on express passenger trains from Boston to Washington.
On the New Haven the RS2s known as DERS 2b (Diesel Electric Road Switcher) began to arrive in 1947 and actually preceded the arrival of the Alco DERS 1b. The RS2 / DERS 2b boasted 1,500 horsepower and was dual service equipped and capable of hauling either freight or passenger trains. The RS2 fleet were numbered 0500-0516. The front zero was used to separate the newer diesels from the established steam locomotives.
New Haven fan 1/87th scale Sir Neal Himself has come out to look over the newest motive power on the roster. Some children are also running up to see the new colorful locomotive.