Rapido Timetable No. 4
Rapido Timetable #4 / October 8, 2009
Dear Rapido Customer,
As I write this the leaves are just starting to turn color outside my window. October in New England is really breathtaking – and explains why so many layouts are based here. If you are in the area, check out the Valley Railroad before they close down regular operations for the season and see some spectacular fall colors.
Of course, as the weather cools down, most of us will be working more on our layouts and planning new modeling projects. Rapido has several items coming along that we are sure will be of interest.
In this Timetable:
- Upcoming Order Deadlines
- New Arrivals
- What’s Coming Next
- Project Updates
New Order Deadlines
Buffet Parlor – Order Deadline October 15th
We have two pre-order reminders this month. We will be finalizing production numbers on the new HO scale Super Continental Line Buffet-Parlor and Club Galley cars so please be sure that you have your reservations in with your dealer before the deadline.
Just in time for the cooler weather (albeit a year later than planned – blame Jason!) we have received another shipment of more new HO scale Steam Generator Cars. These include:
- Amtrak (Phase 1)
- Chesapeake & Ohio
- Great Northern
- Missouri Pacific
- Northern Pacific
- Union Pacific
What’s Coming Next
The next shipment will include the remaining HO scale Steam Generator Cars in the first run, comprising Milwaukee Road (UP colors) and Santa Fe models. Don’t forget to order your 2nd run Steam Generator Cars by the December 1st deadline. Click here to download a PDF of paint schemes and product numbers.
HO Scale Osgood Bradley Lightweights
Modelers interested in railroads that operated in my corner of the world have kept us busy answering questions about the availability of the upcoming Osgood Bradley Lightweights.
Well, we have some good news.
Late last week we received a new sample from the factory which incorporated all of the tooling and assembly changes that we had requested. After examining the detail changes it was time to play trains… I put the model through its paces on my layout.
Known internally as the “Schneider Torture Test,” my layout includes several elements that can… well… challenge (!) passenger cars including S-bend crossovers on curves, tight radius curves and a 22″ radius helix! I am pleased to say that the car passed with flying colors both on its own and in a train, despite the fact that it was a fully skirted car and therefore not SUPPOSED to be able to operate on less than a 24″ radius! (Non skirted cars will operate on a 22″ radius without difficulty).
We have approved the sample for production to start in November. We will lock in the production numbers as soon as we need to order materials for production, which will be quite soon. If you have not reserved your cars already please make sure to order them at your favorite shop as soon as possible.
One final note. We try to keep our web site as up to date as possible, and this means that as items sell out we delete them from the site. While this makes it easier to keep up with what is currently available we realize that it does make it more difficult to find information on older releases that may still be in stock at dealers.
Because of this, we have now made an Excel spread sheet that lists all Rapido items, both current and past, which can be saved to your hard drive and used as a checklist to find all those great releases that you may have missed. Click here to download it.
That’s all for now. See you next month!