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MTH #80-2277-1 Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Pennsylvania

MTH #80-2277-1  Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Pennsylvania
  • Manufacture: Model Train Specials
  • Category: Diesel Locomotive
  • Number: 80-2277-1
  • Scale: HO
  • Price: $389.99
The American Locomotive Company, one of the nation's premier steam locomotive builders, joined forces with Schenectady, New York neighbor General Electric to build the first standardized diesel-electric locomotives in the 1920s. But when the diesel revolution began in earnest after World War II, dependability problems with Alco's model 244 prime mover doomed the company to forever playing second fiddle to industry leader EMD.

The brawny good looks of Alco's FA and PA cab units, however, have endeared them to railfans and modelers for more than half a century. Designed to compete with EMD's FT four axel freight locomotive, the FA-1 contained many of the same design elements but used a new 12-cylinder 244 engine. Many would argue that Alco's FA-1 and successor FA-2 diesels were both handsomer and more powerful looking than their major competitors, EMD's F3 and F7 "covered wagons." A signature feature of Alco cab units was the striking ribbed grille surrounding the headlight. And while FAs were sold primarily as freight haulers, like EMD's F-units they had room for a passenger-service steam generator at the rear of the engine compartment.

Built by Alco and EMD in New York between 1946 and 1959, the FA-1 was designed primarily to haul freight, as they did not have the space at the rear of the engine compartment to accommodate a passenger-service steam generator. Externally as well as mechanically the FA-1, designed by Ray Patten, appeared very similar to the ALCO PA models built around the same time period. Distinguishable from the FA-2, the FA-1's shutters were at the far end of the carboydy, this was later changed to accommodate the steam generator that would be placed behind the radiator.

M.T.H. is proud to present the HO FA-1 FA-1 in classic first-generation diesel paint schemes. These streamlined diesels will bring beauty and power to any HO layout. Each Alco FA-1 AB diesel set includes one twin-motored A unit and twin-motored B unit. The A unit has full directional lighting and both the A and B units feature 2 Scale Operating Kadee Compatible Coupler. Like all HO diesel locomotives, the set is equipped with the legendary power and performance of Proto-Sound 3.0.
Intricately Detailed ABS Bodies
Metal Chassis
Moveable Roof Fans
Metal Body Side Grilles
(2) Engineer Cab Figures
Authentic Paint Scheme
Metal Wheels and Axles
RP25 Metal Wheels
(2) Operating Kadee Compatible Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Directionally Controlled Constant voltage LED Headlights
Lighted Cab Interior
Illuminated Number Boards
Lighted Marker Lights
Powerful 5-Pole Precision Flywheel Equipped Skew-Wound Balanced Motor
Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
Operates On Code 70, 83 and 100 Track
1:87 Scale Proportions

Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won't have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.

When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:

    F0 Headlight
    F1 Bell
    F2 Whistle/Horn
    F3 Start Up/Shut Down
    F4 Rear Coupler
    F5 Front Coupler
    F6 Engine Sounds On/Off
    F7 Sound Volume
    F8 Ditch Lights Auto/On/Off
    F9 Forward Signal
    F10 Reverse Signal
    F11 Grade Crossing Signal
    F12 Cab Light On/Off
    F13 Extended Start Up
    F14 Extended Shut Down
    F15 Rev Up
    F16 Rev Down
    F17 Coupler Slack Sound
    F18 Coupler Close
    F19 One-Shot Doppler
    F20 Feature Reset
    F21 Idle Sequence 1
    F22 Idle Sequence 2
    F23 Idle Sequence 3
    F24 Ditch Lights Auto/On/Off
    F25 Brakes Auto/Off
    F26 Cab Chatter Auto/Off
    F27 Clickety-Clack Auto/Off
    F28 Coupler Slack Sound
    Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
    Unit Measures:14" x 1 3/8" x 2 1/16"
    Operates On 18" Radius Curves

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