N MLW FPA-4 & FPB-4 Locomotives

N MLW FPA-4 & FPB-4 Locomotives

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Prairie Shadows and Rapido Trains Inc. are proud to introduce the classic Canadian National and VIA Rail passenger pulling partnership – the 1,800hp MLW FPA-4 and FPB-4 Locomotives – in N scale.

The FPA-4 and FPB-4 are unique to CN, combining the rugged looks of the FPA-2 with the reliability of the Alco 251 prime mover. They were delivered from Montreal Locomotive Works over two orders in 1958 and 1959 and soldiered on Canadian and American mainlines until 1989. Following retirement, the FPA-4 and FPB-4 locomotives were given new life on tourist railroads across the United States.

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Produced exclusively for Prairie Shadows, the FPA-4 is guaranteed to have the first-ever 100% accurate Alco FA locomotive nose in N scale, just like Rapido’s versions did in HO scale. We performed a 3D scan of the prototype, locomotive #6765, at Exporail, Canada’s national train museum, in Delson, Quebec.

As well as the amazingly accurate nose, Rapido’s staff went great distances to make sure that the sounds were correct – all the way to the New York and Lake Erie Railroad in Gowanda, New York, in fact! There we recorded the sounds of FPA-4 #6764 working hard, starting, stopping and more. This combination has to be seen and heard to be believed!

The Prairie Shadows FPA-4 and FPB-4 locomotives feature an extreme level of detail up and down, including etched metal roof grille, metal wire handrails and numerous separately applied parts.

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Here’s a complete list of features:

  • DC/Silent (DCC-Ready with 6-pin quick plug) or DC/DCC/Sound installed
  • Sounds recorded from the real FPA-4 number 6764
  • Rapido’s proven 5-pole, skew-wound motor with silky-smooth drive system
  • 100% accurate dimensions taken from a 3D scan of the prototype
  • Operational headlight and back-up lights
  • Full cab interior on the A unit
  • Separate grab irons, sunshades and MU hoses
  • Several road numbers plus unnumbered for each scheme
  • All locomotives include decals for new numbers, logos and safety marks
  • Decoders loaded with original Rapido sounds
  • Solid nickel silver wheelsets
  • Micro-Trains couplers mounted at the correct height

These models are only available DIRECT from Prairie Shadows:

Prairie Shadows Model RR Co.
Jeff Arnold
9 Cypress Bay,
Winnipeg, MB R2J 1Z7
Email: info@prairieshadows.ca
Phone: (204) 803-7448

MSRP for a A+B pair of locomotives is $529 DCC/Sound and $309 DC/Silent in Canada.
The MSRP in the US and Rest of the World is $489 DCC/Sound and $269 DC/Silent.
Note: Napa Valley is $10 higher.

Dealer inquiries should be sent to Jeff. Click here to send him an email.

Delivery in summer 2017.

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