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N Scale - Rapido Trains - PS9013 - Engine, Diesel, FPA-4 & FPB-4 - Via Rail Canada - 6780, 6870

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N Scale - Rapido Trains - PS9013 - Engine, Diesel, FPA-4 & FPB-4 - Via Rail Canada - 6780, 6870 Image Courtesy of Rapido Trains Inc.
Different road number shown

N Scale - Rapido Trains - PS9013 - Engine, Diesel, FPA-4 & FPB-4 - Via Rail Canada - 6780, 6870 Hand-painted pre-production sample
Different road number shown

Brand Rapido Trains
Stock Number PS9013
Commissioned By Prairie Shadows
Manufacturer Rapido Trains
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Rapido Diesel Engine FPA-4 & FPB-4
Prototype Description Engine, Diesel, FPA-4 & FPB-4
Road or Company Name Via Rail Canada (Details)
Reporting Marks VIA
Road or Reporting Number 6780, 6870
Paint Color(s) Blue and Yellow, with Black roof
Print Color(s) Yellow and Red
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Injection Molded Plastic
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2016-10-28
Release Date 2017-07-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype MLW
Model Variety FPA-4 & FPB-4

Specific Item Information: A-B

Model Information: Sold only in pairs, either A-B or A-A. Indicated price is per pair.
  • Rapido's proven 5-pole, skew-wound motor with silky-smooth drive system
  • 100% accurate dimensions taken from a 3D scan of the prototype
  • Operational headlight and back-up lights
  • Full cab interior on the A unit
  • Separate grab irons, sunshades and MU hoses
  • Several road numbers plus unnumbered for each scheme
  • All locomotives include decals for new numbers, logos and safety marks
  • Solid nickel silver wheelsets
  • Micro-Trains couplers mounted at the correct height

DCC Information:
  • Available in either DC/Silent (DCC-Ready with 6-pin/NEM 651 quick plug) or DC/DCC/Sound from ESU installed.
  • Sounds recorded from the real FPA-4 number 6764
  • Sound decoder loaded with original Rapido sounds

Prototype Description: The ALCO FA was a family of B-B diesel locomotives designed to haul freight trains. The locomotives were built by a partnership of ALCO and General Electric in Schenectady, New York, between January 1946 and May 1959. They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead (A unit) FA and cabless booster (B unit) FB models were built. A dual passenger-freight version, the FPA/FPB, was also offered. It was equipped with a steam generator for heating passenger cars.

The FPA-4 and FPB-4 are unique to CN, combining the rugged looks of the FPA-2 with the reliability of the Alco 251 prime mover. They were delivered from Montreal Locomotive Works over two orders in 1958 and 1959 and soldiered on Canadian and American mainlines until 1989. Following retirement, the FPA-4 and FPB-4 locomotives were given new life on tourist railroads across the United States.

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Road Name History:
Via Rail Canada (reporting mark VIA) (generally shortened to Via Rail or Via; styled corporately as VIA Rail Canada) is an independent crown corporation, subsidized by the Minister of Transport, mandated to offer intercity passenger rail services in Canada.

On January 12, 1977, CN spun off its passenger services as a separate Crown corporation, VIA Rail Canada. At its inception, Via acquired all CN passenger cars and locomotives. Following several months of negotiation, on October 29, 1978, Via took over operation of CP passenger train services, and took possession of cars and locomotives. Passenger train services which were not included in the creation of Via Rail included those offered by BC Rail, Algoma Central Railway, Ontario Northland Railway, Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway, various urban commuter train services operated by CN and CP, and remaining CN passenger services in Newfoundland.

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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. This company is 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.

Commissioner Information: Prairie Shadows Model Railway Co. is a small model railway supply company located in Winnipeg, MB, and owned by Jeff Arnold. They pride themselves in providing solid service and fair prices.
They commissioned several exclusive N scale models to Rapido Trains Inc.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2016-10-29 07:03:37. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-09 10:48:45

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