Rapido Trains HO Scale: Non-powered control unit FP40PH - AMTK w/ standard DC - Phase IV 'Downeaster'
In the 1990s, Amtrak began a rebuild program to convert F40PH locomotives into Non-Powered Control Units (NPCUs). These NPCUs allow “push-pull” service and eliminate the need to turn a train at terminals. The locomotive engineer controls the locomotive from the cab in the NPCU. During the conversion the prime mover and traction motors were removed and a large roll-up baggage door was added to the sides. This gave the NPCUs the nickname “Cabbages,” for cab-baggage car.
NPCUs are in service today on numerous routes in California, the northwest, the midwest and the northeast.
Unlike the real Cabbage, our NPCU is fully powered. You need all the power you can get to pull your “Amsleds”, and the Rapido NPCU will give your train the extra oomph! necessary to meet your layout’s demanding passenger timetables.Please note that Rapido doesn’t make unpowered engines. They cost us exactly $6 less than a powered engine (the cost of the motor), so there is no major cost savings to having an unpowered model NPCU.
The Rapido NPCU F40PH "Cabbage" features:
- All-new correct NPCU body
- Rapido’s smooth-running drive system
- Modernized truck sideframes
- 100% accurate dimensions
- Etched-metal grilles and windshield wipers
- Unmatched underframe detail
- Full, decorated cab interior
- Accurate Amtrak NPCU sounds