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Rapido Trains Inc.


Rapido Trains Inc. is very excited to announce its latest museum quality complete passenger train, the Tempo, in HO scale. Originally introduced by CN in 1968, majority of these cars still run today and are once again under the ownership of CN after operating for different carriers.

June 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Tempo, a unique CN passenger train that operated between Toronto, Windsor, Sarnia and Chicago. For those of us of a certain age, the Tempo was as much a part of the Toronto railroad scene as the CN Tower and Union Station. It’s our railroad history, and we haven’t forgotten it.

The Tempo was transferred to VIA Rail Canada in 1978 and in 1983, the Tempo coaches were converted from 575V to 480V so they could be hauled by VIA LRC and Amtrak F40 locomotives, usually on the International between Toronto and Chicago. In 1987 most of the passenger cars were sold to the Rio Grande Ski Train. In 2009 the Tempo was sold back to CN for use on the Algoma Central and the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. The Tempo is still in service today, 50 years later.

When CN rebranded all of their passenger services into VIA, it didn’t take long for the Tempo cars to get some blue and yellow. Here’s Club car 321 at CN’s Spadina Yard in March 1977. Note the new disc brake on the 2nd axle, which has yet to see service

The Tempo coaches were built by Hawker-Siddeley and were the first aluminum, head end power (HEP) equipped passenger cars in the national fleet. CN rebuilt six RS-18 locomotives, increasing the length of the short hood to install a Cummins diesel generator which provided HEP for the coaches. This new “MRE-18g” class of locomotives received a striking orange and white paint scheme.

CN promotional photos showing the modern furnishings of the Tempo in the Cafe-Bar-Lounge car (left) and the Club car (right).

The Tempo is all about modern comfort. The 82-seat coaches feature comfortable seating, overhead reading lamps and doors that opened at the touch of a button. If your passengers are feeling hungry they can stroll to the cafe, where microwave ovens prepare piping hot food in just seconds. First class “club cars” feature ultra-comfortable 2+1 seating and hot meals served at your seat.

The Rapido HO Scale Tempo box set features:

•One RS-18 MRE-18g Tempo locomotive (DC/DCC/Sound or DC/Silent)

•One Tempo Coach Car

•One Tempo Club Car

•One Tempo Cafe-Bar-Lounge Car

•Two commemorative Tempo tumblers

•100 commemorative Tempo cocktail napkins

•Tempo 50th Anniversary Photo Book

 

 



Expected 8/30/2019

 




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Canadian National Tempo LokSound and DCC – Complete Sets CN1 3150 Club #320, Cafe #343, Coach #362

Retail $649.95

Discount Price $529.95


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Canadian National Tempo LokSound and DCC – Complete Sets CN2 3155 Club #324, Cafe #340, Coach #369

Retail $649.95

Discount Price $529.95


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Canadian National Tempo DC/Silent – Complete Sets CN1 3150 Club #320, Cafe #343, Coach #362

Retail $529.95

Discount Price $429.95


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Canadian National Tempo DC/Silent – Complete Sets CN2 3155 Club #324, Cafe #340, Coach #369

Retail $529.95

Discount Price $429.95


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Canadian National Tempo – Additional Coaches #361

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Canadian National Tempo – Additional Coaches #363

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Canadian National Tempo – Additional Coaches #365

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Canadian National Tempo – Additional Coaches #374

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Canadian National Tempo LokSound and DCC – Additional Locomotives MRE-18g #3151
Note: These locomotives do not feature HEP equipment. HEP-equipped Tempo RS-18s are available in sets only.

Retail $335.00

Discount Price $274.95


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Canadian National Tempo LokSound and DCC – Additional Locomotives MRE-18g #3153
Note: These locomotives do not feature HEP equipment. HEP-equipped Tempo RS-18s are available in sets only.

Retail $335.00

Discount Price $274.95


Advance Orders

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Canadian National Tempo DC/Silen – Additional Locomotives MRE-18g #3151
Note: These locomotives do not feature HEP equipment. HEP-equipped Tempo RS-18s are available in sets only.

Retail $235.00

Discount Price $194.95


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Canadian National Tempo DC/Silen – Additional Locomotives MRE-18g #3153
Note: These locomotives do not feature HEP equipment. HEP-equipped Tempo RS-18s are available in sets only.

Retail $235.00

Discount Price $194.95


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VIA Rail Tempo LokSound and DCC – Complete Sets VIA1 3152 Club #321, Cafe #344, Coach #366

Retail $649.95

Discount Price $529.95


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VIA Rail Tempo LokSound and DCC – Complete Sets VIA2 3154 Club #322, Cafe #341, Coach #373

Retail $649.95

Discount Price $529.95


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Canadian National Tempo DC/Silent – Complete Sets VIA1 3152 Club #321, Cafe #344, Coach #366

Retail $529.95

Discount Price $429.95


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Canadian National Tempo DC/Silent – Complete Sets VIA2 3154 Club #322, Cafe #341, Coach #373

Retail $529.95

Discount Price $429.95


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VIA Rail Tempo – Additional Coache #367

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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VIA Rail Tempo – Additional Coache #368

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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VIA Rail Tempo – Additional Coache #370

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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VIA Rail Tempo – Additional Coache #372

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Algoma Central/Agawa Canyon Cars Club #5711 “Trout Lake”
This is a conditional announcement. These cars WILL NOT be made unless orders reach our minimum production threshold.

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Algoma Central/Agawa Canyon Cars Cafe #5703 “Chippewa River”
This is a conditional announcement. These cars WILL NOT be made unless orders reach our minimum production threshold.

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Algoma Central/Agawa Canyon Cars Coach #5701 “Montreal River”
This is a conditional announcement. These cars WILL NOT be made unless orders reach our minimum production threshold.

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Algoma Central/Agawa Canyon Cars Coach #5702 “Lake Superior”
This is a conditional announcement. These cars WILL NOT be made unless orders reach our minimum production threshold.

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Algoma Central/Agawa Canyon Cars Coach #5705 “Spruce Lake”
This is a conditional announcement. These cars WILL NOT be made unless orders reach our minimum production threshold.

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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Undecorated Tempo Cars Coach

Retail $109.95

Discount Price $89.95


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