Modeling Reviews Rapido Trains N scale Turboliner

Rapido Trains N scale Turboliner

By Cody Grivno | June 17, 2024

Model is based on Rohr Industries prototype from mid-1970s

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The Rapido Trains N scale Turboliner, based on the Rohr Industries prototype from the mid-1970s, recently paid a visit to our Milwaukee, Racine & Troy State Line Route layout. Join Senior Editor Cody Grivno as he shares a brief history of the RTL Turboliner, points out the details on a 5-car set, and demonstrates the various light and sound functions. Then sit back and enjoy watching the train as it rolls through scenic southeastern Wisconsin.

Rapido offers the Turboliner in 5-car sets in Amtrak’s phase 3 (early and late) and 5 paint schemes. Individual add-on cars include two coaches and a food service coach (phase 3 early), two Turbocoaches and a Turbocafe (phase 3 late), and an unnumbered Coachclass car (phase 5).

The Rapido Trains N scale Turboliner was designed using a combination of original blueprints and field measurements. Model features include tinted windows, interior details, and flicker-free interior lighting; separate, factory-applied grab irons; detailed trucks with third-rail shoes; and all-wheel electrical pickup. In addition, the model has working headlights, marker lights, and cab-mounted strobe lights. Both power cars have a drive system.

Rapido sells the N scale Turboliner in 5-car sets for $449.95 (direct current) and $679.95 (Digital Command Control and ESU LokSound decoder). Add-on cars retail for $64.95 each. Product Review videos showcase the latest new items from manufacturers of products in Z, N, HO, S, O, and large scales. In the videos, you can watch locomotives in action, take a close-up look at details on freight cars, see kit components, and much more.

If you are a manufacturer and have products you would like reviewed, please email Senior Editor Cody Grivno at for more information.

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