Rapido Trains Inc. HO Scale: ALCO FA-2/FPA-2 - DCC & Sound - Great Northern
The FA-2 was Alco’s response to the ubiquitous EMD F7 that was swiftly becoming the locomotive of choice for many freight and passenger railroads. The FA-2 was intended for freight service while the FPA-2 included a steam generator and obligatory large water tank for heating passenger cars. Our models will have the correct details for each version.
Delivered between October 1950 (Erie 736A) and June 1956 (L&N 211), a total of 283 FA-2 and FPA-2 locomotives were built by Alco-GE in Schenectady, New York for 12 different American railroads. A further 51 FA-2 and FPA-2 locomotives were built under licence by Montreal Locomotives Works for CP, CN and NdeM. Each 1600-HP locomotive had a 12-cylinder Alco 244 prime mover and GE air-cooled turbocharger. It took some time for Alco to design out the issues in this combo resulting in significant reputational damage to the Alco-GE partnership.
Even after the fitment of a new water-cooled turbocharger and upgraded engine components the FAs required more maintenance than the rival EMD machines, which accounts for why these locomotives rarely lasted past 1970 without being significantly rebuilt.
- HO Scale DCC/SOUND
- 5-pole, skew-wound motor with excellent slow-speed performance
- Operating number boards, headlights and two-color class lights
- Roadname-specific details
- Dynamic brakes
- Etched-metal grilles (Farr or chicken wire, as appropriate)
- Full underbody piping and conduit
- Correct, roadnames-specific FA-2 and FPA-2 fuel tanks
- Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory
- Heavy, die-cast chassis
- Full cab interior
- Accurate sounds recorded from a real Alco 244 prime mover
- Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers mounted at the correct height