HO Scale Canadian National FP9A

HO CN FP9A – Past Production

truenorth-logo_800No stand-ins. No stretches. No fakes. The True North FP9A.

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Our GMD FP9 is the only accurate GMD FP9 ever made in plastic. Period.

The True North FP9A is a team effort and a labour of love from a bunch of CN and VIA fanatics. We did not compromise on our GMD FP9 locomotive. Every detail is correct, so that modellers of Canadian passenger trains do not have to accept locomotives that “vaguely resemble” the real thing. And on top of that, our FP9 has details that no other F-unit model has ever had.

The following locomotives were released in past production runs:

PAINT SCHEMES (FP9A CN VERSION)
Algoma Central VIA Rail Canada
Canadian National – 1954 VIA – CN
VIA – “Grey Ghost” Test Scheme CN – Wet Noodle (1961)
Conway Scenic Undecorated

cnr_800FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – CANADIAN NATIONAL (1954)
Each locomotive is accurately matched to its prototype in both detail and livery at the time period shown.
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DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD # CN CLASS ERA NOTES
220001 220501 6500 GPA-17a 1957 36″ FANS, NO BELL ON ROOF
220002 220502 6503 GPA-17a 1957 36″ FANS, NO BELL ON ROOF
220003 220503 6517 GPA-17c 1957 36″ FANS, NO BELL ON ROOF
220004 220504 6522 GPA-17c 1957 36″ FANS, NO BELL ON ROOF
220005 220505 6537 GPA-17e 1959 48″ FANS, BELL ON ROOF
220006 220506 6538 GPA-17e 1959 48″ FANS, BELL ON ROOF
220007A 220507A NO NUMBER GPA-17a/b/c/d 36″ FANS, BELL INCLUDED
220007B 220507B NO NUMBER GPA-17e 48″ FANS, BELL INCLUDED

429FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – CANADIAN NATIONAL (WET NOODLE – 1961)
Each locomotive is accurately matched to its prototype in both detail and livery at the time period shown.
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DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD # CN CLASS ERA NOTES
220008 220508 6508 GPA-17a 1966 EARLY NUMBER BOARD
220009 220509 6509 GPA-17a 1973 LATER NUMBER BOARD
220010 220510 6516 GPA-17c 1961 EARLY NUMBER BOARD
220011 220511 6528 GPA-17d 1973 LATER NUMBER BOARD
220012 220512 6536 GPA-17e 1960’s 48″ FANS, EARLY NUMBER BOARD
220013 220513 6539 GPA-17e 1969 48″ FANS, NEVER GOT
LATE NUMBER BOARDS.
220014A 220514A NO NUMBER GPA-17a/b/c/d 36″ FANS
220014B 220514B NO NUMBER GPA-17e 48″ FANS

220015_VIA-CN_625FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – VIA/CN
Each locomotive is accurately matched to its prototype in both detail and livery at the time period shown.
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DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD # CN CLASS ERA NOTES
220015 220515 6504 GPA-17a 1977 VIA-CN BLUE/YELLOW
220016 220516 6530 GPA-17d 1977 VIA-CN BLUE/YELLOW

FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – VIA/CN Zebra Noodle
Each locomotive is accurately matched to its prototype in both detail and livery at the time period shown.
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DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD # CN CLASS ERA NOTES
220017 220517 6514 GPA-17c 1977 CN WITH WIPED NOSE
220018 220518 6535 GPA-17e 1980 CN WITH WIPED NOSE

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FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – VIA RAIL CANADA
Each locomotive is accurately matched to its prototype in both detail and livery at the time period shown.
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DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD # CN CLASS ERA NOTES
220019 220519 6505 GPA-17a 1977-1980 BIG WINTERIZATION HATCH
220020 220520 6507 GPA-17a 1978 – 1995 BIG WINTERIZATION HATCH
220021 220521 6519 GPA-17c 1978 – 1995 36″ FANS
220022 220522 6525 GPA-17d PRE-1989 VIA ON NOSE UNTIL 1989!
220023 220523 6541 GPA-17e 1978 – 1994 48″ FANS
220024 220524 6542 GPA-17e 1978 – 1994 48″ FANS
220025A 220525A NO NUMBER GPA-17a/b/c/d 36″ FANS
220025B 220525B NO NUMBER GPA-17e 48″ FANS

FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – ALGOMA CENTRAL
Each locomotive is accurately matched to its prototype in both detail and livery at the time period shown.
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DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD NO. CLASS NOTES
220026 220526 1750 GPA-17a ex CN6502
220027 220527 1754 GPA-17d ex CN6525
220028 220528 1755 GPA-17d ex CN6531
220029 220529 NO NUMBER GPA-17a/c/d 36″ FANS

FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – UNDECORATED
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DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD # CN CLASS NOTES
220030 220530 UNDEC GPA-17a/b/c/d 36″ FANS
220031 220531 UNDEC GPA-17e 48″ FANS

FP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – CONWAY SCENIC
Exclusive paint scheme for The Conway Scenic Railroad.

DC ITEM # DCC ITEM # ROAD #
220032 220532 6505
220033 220533 6516

Grey-GhostFP9A LOCOMOTIVE (ex-CN) – VIA “GRAY GHOST” EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME

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Prototype photo courtsey of Steve Lucas.

In 1980, VIA was in the process of purchasing the first order of LRC coaches and locomotives. The original plan was for the LRCs to be painted all grey with a yellow vertical band on one end. VIA decided to test this scheme on one FP9A locomotive and two coaches. But then when the final LRC paint scheme was decided upon these quickly became orphans as it was decided that the conventional locomotives and cars would remain in their then-current scheme of blue and yellow. Although never standardized upon,, the scheme was striking on the equipment onto which it was applied.

Exclusive paint scheme for BOREAL TRAINS, 167 ST ROBERT , RIMOUSKI, QC G5L 4S5 (418) 724-6006

DCC ITEM # ROAD NO. CLASS NOTES
220534A 6532 GPA-17d Experimental scheme

Prototype Information
CN placed five orders for the FP9A, taking delivery of 43 units between 1954 and 1958. Many of these locomotives are still being used today. In its heyday, the FP9A could be seen leading passenger trains across Canada and in the Northeast and Midwest states. It is truly an iconic engine of 20th-century northern railroading.What makes the FP9A different from all other F-units? Click on the image to find out.

FP9 Spotters Guide and Variations
Our FP9A has road number specific details! Grab irons, bell, headlight style, winterization hatch and other details are correctly placed from the factory for each road number and era. This kind of accuracy was only available in brass… until now. Every detail is correct, and our FP9 has details that no other F-unit model has ever had. How can one model have SO many options? Click on the image to see!

The first product in the True North Locomotives lineup, the FP9A, features:

  • All new motor and gears for smooth slow-speed operation. Click here for more info
  • Different grab iron arrangements
  • Winterization hatch style
  • Cooling pipe style
  • Headlight style
  • Nose MU details and more!
  • Correct fuel tank, end door, and other CN-specific details
  • See-through fans
  • Separate underbody air piping and rerailers (both styles!)
  • Metal Macdonald-Cartier Knuckle Couplers mounted at correct height
  • Operational headlight and user-applied operational ditch lights
  • Operational class lights and backup light (DCC)
  • Available in both DC/Silent and DC/DCC/Sound (uses actual EMD 567C sounds recorded from a real FP9 locomotive in service)
  • Several road numbers plus unnumbered available
  • Decals with alternative locomotive numbers provided
  • Correct Colours. CN colours are from the CN SIG. VIA colours are matched to cans of paint from Pointe St. Charles shops in Montreal – where the real engines were painted!
  • 100% accurate for the Canadian FP9A. This is not a stand-in.
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Prototype photo courtesy John Riddell.

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