PREORDER Rapido 37521 HO ALCo FA-1 (DC/DCC/Sound): Lehigh & New England: #701

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RapidoSKU: 606-37521


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Rapido is excited to announce the next in our series of classic ALCo locomotives: the ALCo FA-1.

Between January 1946 and October 1950 a total of 440 FA-1s and 240 FB-1s were built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCo) and their Canadian subsidiary, the Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW). They were originally sold to twenty-five railroads in the US, Canada and Mexico. The FA-1 (and its matching booster, the FB-1) was rated at 1500 horsepower and was designed primarily as a freight hauler. 

In a market that was becoming dominated by EMD products, the FA-1 came in a distant second due in part to reliability issues with its rushed-to-market 244 prime mover. Still, they were popular with several roads and could be found at the head of freights into the late 1960s.

Following on to our FPA-4, FA-2 and PA loco models, our new FA-1 continues the Rapido tradition for accurate ALCo cab units with unsurpassed detail.

Rapido’s new HO scale FA-1 and FB-1 feature:

  • Correct nose and windshield contours
  • Flat or angled number boards as appropriate
  • Dynamic and non-dynamic brake versions
  • Air- or water-cooled turbo exhaust stacks
  • Etched side and fan screens
  • Heavy, die-cast chassis
  • 5-pole motor with dual flywheels
  • Operating headlights, class lights and back-up lights
  • Full underbody piping and conduit
  • Separate free-standing grab irons and handrails
  • Many railroad-specific details installed or included
  • Full, multi-color cab interior
  • DC/Silent (21-pin DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (featuring ESU LokSound) options
  • Accurate sounds

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