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HO Scale Alco PA & PB

Alco promotional photo of AT&SF #51

The Alco PA series locomotives are considered by many to be the most attractive diesel locomotives ever produced. The PA locomotives were built by a partnership of American Locomotive and General Electric between 1946 and 1953. They offered two models, the PA-1 initially followed by the PA-2. Both were powered by Alco’s 16-cylinder 244 diesel engine generating 2,000 HP in the PA-1 and 2,250 in the PA-2. 

The PA locomotives were designed to compete with General Motors’ EMD E-units in the passenger locomotive market. While one could argue the Alcos won in style, they did not win in reliability. Their 244 prime movers could not unseat the EMD 567, and the PAs were demoted to secondary service on many lines. Most were retired as passenger service declined in the 1960s, and nearly all were scrapped.

Happily for railrfans, in 1967 four retired Santa Fe units were bought by the Delaware and Hudson. In 1974, after sevral years of service, they were sent to Morrison-Knudsen for rebuilding and upgrading with Alco 251 V-12 engines. These four units were used on Amtrak’s “Adirondack” for several years and also saw service on Boston area commuter trains under an MBTA lease. All four units eventually ended up in Mexico.

Two of the ex-D&H units have since been brought back to the US, one residing at the Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, Texas. The other unit is privately owned by Doyle McCormack and is being restored to operating condition painted as Nickel Plate #190.

 

 


 

Rapido’s all-new HO scale model will be the first mass-produced plastic HO scale model of the PA series to feature completely accurate contours and road-specific details. Carbody contours have been generated using a 3-D laser scan of Doyle McCormack’s preserved unit. Both PA-1/PB-1 and PA-2/PB-2 variants will be offered.

Our first run of HO Scale Alco PA models feature:

  • Correct nose and roof profiles 3D-scanned from the prototype
  • Loads of roadname-specific details
  • A units and A-B sets available
  • Dynamic or non-dynamic brake versions, where appropriate 
  • Full underbody piping and conduit 
  • Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory 
  • Etched-metal grilles, where appropriate 
  • Lit number boards, headlights and green and white class lights
  • Lit control stands and full cab interior 
  • Operating Gyralite or red Mars light, where appropriate 
  • Rapido’s proven drive system adapted from the FA-2 
  • DC/Silent (21-pin DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound options 
  • Now with a TCS Sound Decoder featuring Rapido’s exclusive Alco 244 sounds, programmed to operate seamlessly with Rapido’s other sound-equipped locomotives.

Available as single powered A-units or in A+B powered sets

 

Alco promotional photo of New Haven #773

Train Control Systems (TCS) DCC Sound

The Alco PA and PB will feature all-new exclusive TCS sound decoders featuring Rapido's own Alco 244 recordings. These decoders are being customized for Rapido to be fully compatible with our proven range of ESU LokSound decoders, and they feature phenomenal motor and slow speed control.

We are excited to be working with Pennsylvania-based TCS. I've been a personal customer of TCS since the mid-1990s and it's a pleasure to be working with the Forsyth family and the whole TCS team to bring their exceptional sound decoders to the wider Rapido community. We promise you will be impressed.

ESU fans have no fear! We are continuing to use ESU LokSound decoders in many of our sound-equipped locomotives.

 

Detail Variations

Each PA & PB locomotive will have road specefic details applied. Details are listed with each product. You can see a visual representation of the details by clicking the button below. 

 

Deadline & Delivery Dates

The order deadline for the Alco PA and PB units is May 22, 2020. Delivery is expected sometime in the Fall of 2020.

 

The Freedom Train

by Bill Metzger

Bill Metzger is a resident of Portland and a long-time UP Modeller. In this brief piece, he recounts his experience with the Freedom Train as a young boy. Click the link below to read the story.

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Order direct or through your favourite dealer.

Available with DCC & Sound or Silent DC

Santa Fe Warbonnet

A Units

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

A/B Sets

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

 

Delaware & Hudson

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Correct lighted body side and rooftop number boards
  • Nose-side ladders
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Correct stainless paint finish on sides
  • Lever style pilot uncoupling lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

 

Denver & Rio Grande Western

A Units

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Exposed pilot uncoupler lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Exposed pilot uncoupler lever
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

A/B Sets

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Exposed pilot uncoupler lever
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Exposed pilot uncoupler lever
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

 

Lehigh Valley

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

 

New Haven Green & Gold

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

 

New York Central

A Units

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

A/B Sets

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

 

Nickel Plate

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

 

Pennsylvania Tuscan Red

A Units

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
  • PRR-style nose vents
  • PRR-style lighted add-on number boards
  • PRR style marker lights on rear
  • Trainphone antenna
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
  • PRR-style nose vents
  • PRR-style lighted add-on number boards
  • PRR style marker lights on rear
  • Trainphone antenna
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
  • PRR-style nose vents
  • PRR-style lighted add-on number boards
  • PRR style marker lights on rear
  • Trainphone antenna
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

A/B Sets

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
  • PRR-style nose vents
  • PRR-style lighted add-on number boards
  • PRR style marker lights on rear
  • Trainphone antenna
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
  • PRR-style nose vents
  • PRR-style lighted add-on number boards
  • PRR style marker lights on rear
  • Trainphone antenna
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

 

Southern Pacific Daylight

A Units

Detail Variations:
  • SP PA-2 body style with oval rear door window
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Dynamic brakes with vent heat deflectors
  • Angled icicle breaker bars
  • SP-style skirts with vents and large fuel gauge
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

A/B Sets

Detail Variations:
  • SP PA-2 body style with oval rear door window
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Dynamic brakes with vent heat deflectors
  • Curved icicle breaker bars
  • SP-style skirts with vents and large fuel gauge
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

 

Southern Pacific Bloody Nose

A Units

Detail Variations:
  • SP PA-2 body style with oval rear door window
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Dynamic brakes with vent heat deflectors
  • Angled icicle breaker bars
  • SP-style skirts with vents and large fuel gauge
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • SP PA-2 body style with oval rear door window
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Dynamic brakes with vent heat deflectors
  • Angled icicle breaker bars
  • SP-style skirts with vents and large fuel gauge
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

A/B Sets

Detail Variations:
  • SP PA-2 body style with oval rear door window
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Dynamic brakes with vent heat deflectors
  • Angled icicle breaker bars
  • SP-style skirts with vents and large fuel gauge
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

Detail Variations:
  • SP PA-2 body style with oval rear door window
  • Nose MU receptacles
  • Dynamic brakes with vent heat deflectors
  • Angled icicle breaker bars
  • SP-style skirts with vents and large fuel gauge
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

 

1947 American Freedom Train

Detail Variations:
  • Lit side number boards
  • No dynamic brakes
  • Recessed uncoupler
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

 

Undecorated

A Units

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • No Dynamic Brakes
CAD Price

$385.00

USD Price

$335.00

A/B Sets

Detail Variations:
  • Dynamic brakes
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

Detail Variations:
  • No dynamic brakes
CAD Price

$695.00

USD Price

$625.00

 

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Rapido Trains Inc. is a high-end manufacturer of model trains and accessories in HO, OO and N (North American 1:160 and British 1:148) scales. Our aim is to recreate the entire rail travel experience, from fully-detailed interiors and underframe equipment on our trains to fully-wired telephone poles for your model railroad.