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Brand/Importer Information: Rapido Trains Inc. is a high-end manufacturer of model trains and accessories in HO, OO and N (North American 1:160 and British 1:148) scales.
The firm's mission is to recreate the entire rail travel experience, from fully-detailed interiors and under-frames on models to fully-wired telephone poles for model railroads.
The name RAPIDO was introduced by Canadian National in 1965 to headline the railway's high-speed intercity passenger services.
Until the mid-1980s, RAPIDO stood for fast schedules, frequent trains, and superb service.
Today, Rapido Trains continues the RAPIDO concept with state-of-the-art models and attention to fine detail.
Not related to the venerable (and now defunct) German manufacturer Arnold Rapido, nor the present-day Arnold (which is owned by the United Kingdom's Hornby), Canadian based Rapido Trains was founded in 2003.
Body Style Information: Available in fully, partially, or non-skirted versions, with or without roof hatches (as appropriate), with GE or Frigidaire air conditioning equipment (as appropriate), the Rapido Trains Osgood Bradley Lightweight 10-Window Coaches have complete and accurate interior detail (including bulkhead mirrors), correct, tubular cross section flush windows with painted frames, full under-body detailing (with separate air, steam, and electrical lines), brake hoses and end gates, exquisite 41-E trucks with chain detail and metal RP25 wheel-sets, Easy-Peasy battery operating lighting, factory installed, separate grab irons, and accurate paint and lettering schemes.
Precisely scaled from the original factory blueprints, with several car numbers for each paint scheme offered, the models have a minimum operating radius of twenty-four inches.
Prototype Information: Designed by Walter Dorwin Teague in the early 1930s, beginning in 1934, the attractive, lightweight, rounded aircraft style bodied Pullman Standard Osgood Bradley passenger cars were manufactured in Pullman Standard's Osgood Bradley plant in Worcester, Connecticut.
The line's first truly lightweight coaches, the New York New Haven and Hartford Railroad was the largest customer of these 10-window cars.
Osgood Bradley's were used on long distance and local passenger trains and saw continued use well into the 1970s.
The Boston and Maine Railroad was chartered in New Hampshire on June 27, 1835, and the Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts Railroad was incorporated March 12, 1839, in Maine, both companies continuing the proposed line to South Berwick, Maine. The railroad opened in 1840 to Exeter, New Hampshire, and on January 1, 1842, the two companies merged with the Boston and Portland to form a new Boston and Maine Railroad.
The B&M flourished with the growth of New England's mill towns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but still faced financial struggles. It came under the control of J. P. Morgan and his New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad around 1910, but anti-trust forces wrested control back. Later it faced heavy debt problems from track construction and from the cost of acquiring the Fitchburg Railroad, causing a reorganization in 1919.
By 1980, though still a sick company, the B&M started turning around thanks to aggressive marketing and its purchase of a cluster of branch lines in Connecticut. The addition of coal traffic and piggyback service also helped. In 1983 the B&M emerged from bankruptcy when it was purchased by Timothy Mellon's Guilford Transportation Industries for $24 million. This was the beginning of the end of the Boston & Maine corporate image, and the start of major changes, such as the labor issues which caused the strikes of 1986 and 1987, and drastic cost cutting such as the 1990 closure of B&M's Mechanicville, New York, site, the largest rail yard and shop facilities on the B&M system.
Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Technically, Boston & Maine Corporation still exists today but only as a non-operating ward of PAR. Boston & Maine owns the property (and also employs its own railroad police), while Springfield Terminal Railway, a B&M subsidiary, operates the trains and performs maintenance. This complicated operation is mainly due to more favorable labor agreements under Springfield Terminal's rules.
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