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N scale Rohr Turbo Train..??
« on: May 01, 2010, 12:28:22 PM »
I'm looking around to see if anyone has made (what Amtrak calls) a Rohr Turbo Train. 

Since I'm moeling Rochester to Niagara Falls, NY in the late 80s / early 90s. these are a must have if I can find them.

Plus it's the only Amtrak Train I can remember seeing besides Amfleet cars and F40s.. (I think I even rode on one once to Rochester.. .. I remember I got a cab ride on that trip.. and I didn't go outside to get from the coach into the cab.. so it was either powered by an E unit or one of these trainsets.)

Well obviously the short answer is.. No  We have a good chance at a nice TurboTrain from Rapido, but not this.... But after doing some research, I found that it is based on a French Design..

.. Okay.. So that means there is a French prototype of something that looks very similar..
Turns out the French call it a Class T 2000 RTG Montrice Turboliner, and looks about the same. 
-- So after searching for E-bay.. I came across some old HO scale models, but nothing in N.

So.. does anyone know if these exist in N scale (1/160)?  Any leads on shops that might carry them?

I'm not sure if I can link to the e-bay auction but I should be able to link to the Wikipedia page..



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Re: N scale Rohr Turbo Train..??
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010, 12:35:49 PM »
I did a quick search through some of the european manufacturers like Arnold and Fleischmann, and I didn't find anything.  If someone does make a model of it, I would suspect it would be a european manufacturer.

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Re: N scale Rohr Turbo Train..??
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2010, 12:54:47 PM »
Is this what you're talking about?

Looks like someone made an N scale version of one of the French iterations:

Although it might be HO with really huge flanges ...

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Re: N scale Rohr Turbo Train..??
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010, 01:22:40 PM »
That looks like HO scale track...

Unfortunately, N-scale stuff is pretty plentiful for German, Swiss Dutch, and Austrian railroads, but it falls off to nearly nothing when you get beyond those borders.

I've never seen this in N, which means nothing, but I have seen an awful lot of Euro models...

The relatively new company LS Models is doing tons of new French models - it make make sense to see if they've done it in HO, because they are starting to do many of their HO projects in N now.

You could also ask on Euro-N yahoo list - or try - which is a German language forum, but I can assure you they are very friendly to Americans with little or no German skills like me (not to say you're not fluent!!!) 


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Re: N scale Rohr Turbo Train..??
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010, 03:46:05 PM »
I do not think that this was ever made in N scale. The photo of the one here is HO look at the hand rails.. Most of the Euro models mold them on.. If anyone made it it may have been Roco.. This looks like it is a Lima model?

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Re: N scale Rohr Turbo Train..??
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010, 06:16:49 PM »
I think the HO model was made by Joeff

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Re: N scale Rohr Turbo Train..??
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010, 08:27:28 PM »
One thing to remember is that the ANF-Frangeco turboliner and the Rohr turboliner were different in a number of ways, though the biggest difference was in the cab design.  I remember the Joeff model and it was quite nice but I know of nothing that is remotely close to it in N.


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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2010, 02:04:15 AM »
  Yes that is HO by Joef a French manufacturer, who never made N Gauge (Scale) that I'am aware of. There might be a Japanese Rail Car out there in N that could be modified to resemble the Turbo Trains. There were two versions Amquack (trak) first bought Frebch versions,don't remember the quanity maybe six sets, then they went to Rohr Industries in California for an upgraded Americanized version built under licence. The French trains operated in the midwest Chicago Milwaukee I believe. The Rohr ones in New York State including on D&H route to Canada,and later on Hudson line. Several years ago NY State had several of these trains rebuilt I believe for the third time at great expense then chose not to operate them. I believe there may have been new mechinical bugs to the re built power plants,which were troublesome when first built. Nate Goodman (Nato).