Prototype Master Classes

Our experts provide all the information you need to help you choose your Rapido Trains Inc. locomotives, how to operate them, and how you can go about customizing them after your purchase.

  • 04 Apr CPR Royal Hudson Master Class

    Canadian Pacific Railway’s Royal Hudsons By John Riddell and the Rapido Steam Team Introduction The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Royal Hudson has been rightly described as one of the most successful locomotive designs of all time. These sleek machines were perhaps Canadian Pacific’s most well know......

  • 07 Feb Budd RDC Master Class

    Budd RDC Master Class By John Riddell Introduction In the early 1950s many railroads were looking for alternate means of providing fast, more economical passenger service with the goal of gaining back some of the clientèle that had transferred to automobiles. The Budd Company of......

  • 19 Jan Alco/MLW FA-2 and FPA-2 Master Class

    Alco/MLW FA-2 and FPA-2 Master Class By Ed Charnwood Alco’s “F” unit The mighty American Locomotive Company, Alco, was second only to Baldwin in steam locomotive construction in the USA during the first third of the 20th century. It’s transition to diesel-electric locomotive technology began......

  • 16 Dec GMD FP9A Spotter’s Guide

    FP9A Spotter’s Guide FP9A CLASSES AND VARIATIONS If you look at the product numbers for our CN FP9A (found here), you will see that we have divided them by class. CN received its FP9A locomotive roster in five deliveries from 1954 to 1958. The locomotives are......

  • 16 Dec GMD FP9A Master Class

    FP9A Locomotive Master Class When most people hear that we are bringing out models of the GMD FP9A locomotives, the first reaction is either “do we really need another F-Unit?” or “I just bought one of those from manufacturer X, Y or Z.” Well actually,......

  • 20 Sep GMD-1 Master Class

    GMD-1 Master Class By Jason Shron With thanks to: Dan Dell’Unto; Ken Goslett; Gord Hilderman; Steve Lucas; Dave Minshall; Mark Perry; Brian Schuff; and Graham Wood. There have been numerous variations of the GMD-1 locomotive since its first delivery in 1958. This master class will give......

  • 11 Sep VIA F40PH-2D Detailing Variations

    by Manny Jacob, Mike McGrattan and Dan Garcia Detailing Variations These units came in three different orders and there are minor differences between each order. Modellers will find that the Rapido Trains Inc. locomotive includes many of the parts needed to accurately duplicate these variations. Post-delivery......

  • 11 Sep VIA F40PH-2D Master Class

    VIA F40PH-2D Master Class by Manny Jacob, Mike McGrattan and Dan Garcia In the early 1980s VIA Rail Canada found itself in need of a modern locomotive. To meet this need VIA purchased 59 brand new F40PH-2D locomotives, built between November 1986 and April 1989......

  • 11 Sep Amtrak F40PH Master Class

    F40PH Master Class By Alex Stroshane and Matt Donnelly With special thanks to Deane Ellsworth and Bill Hakkarinen Introduction By the mid-1970s, Amtrak had a need for versatile and reliable power for its trains. Inherited E and F units were nearing the end of their......

  • 11 Sep EMD FL9 Master Class

    EMD FL9 Master Class The Unique FL9 The FL9 included many unusual design features. While based on the standard EMD F-series locomotives, the FL9 was eight feet longer than a stndard F-unit (and four feet longer than an FP9A) in order to handle a larger......