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Rapido #21589 Alco FA-2 Locomotive w/DC/DCC&Sound - Penn Central (ex-NYC) #1302

Rapido #21589  Alco FA-2 Locomotive w/DC/DCC&Sound - Penn Central (ex-NYC) #1302
  • Manufacture: Rapido
  • Category: Diesel Locomotive
  • Number: 21589
  • Scale: HO
  • Price: $269.99
The Missouri Pacific fleet of Alco cabs was second only to the mighty New York Central, with 102 units on the roster. This included 19 FPA-2s, making the Mopac Alco’s largest customer for the dual-service version. Notably these were the only FPA-2 units outside of Canada to regularly see passenger service. Unusually the B-units Mopac purchased to partner the As were standard FB-2s. Photo courtesy Missouri Pacific Historical Society.
The new body styles aren’t minor changes either. We’ve made brand new non-dynamic brake bodies to accurately represent the large Louisville & Nashville and Missouri Pacific FA-2 and FPA-2 fleets. The L&N units, along with the Ann Arbor/Wabash cabs, also feature the repositioned headlight in the nose door, with oscillating Gyralite in the usual headlight position. Meanwhile, the unique Chicago and North Western pair have a large red Mars emergency light in the nose door, while the Western Maryland units have a unique nose with MU doors and ventilation louvers.

As usual, we can’t help ourselves when it comes to road-specific details. New to this production run includes extra horns, a crazy variety of grab arrangements, the L&N’s additional underbody battery boxes and nose side ladders, spark arrestors, sunshades, and other parts designed to accurately represent these units at specific periods in their two decades of service.

All that said though, the best thing about this new production run though might just be that the American retail price remains unchanged, even though we first announced FA-2 locomotives nearly three years ago!

Our FA-2 and FPA-2 models feature:

Correct nose and roof profiles 3D scanned from the prototype
Operating number boards, headlights and green and white class lights
Operating oscillating Gyralite or red Mars emergency light where appropriate
Roadname-specific details with or without dynamic brakes where appropriate
The only HO scale Alco/MLW cab with accurate phase details
Etched-metal grilles (Farr or chicken wire, as appropriate)
Full underbody piping and conduit
Correct, roadname and manufacturer-specific FA-2 and FPA-2 fuel tanks
Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory
Heavy, die-cast chassis and full, multi-colour/color interior
Rapido’s proven 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth drive
DC/Silent (21-pin DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (ESU LokSound) options
Accurate sounds recorded from a real Alco 244 prime mover
Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers mounted at the correct height

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