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Rapido Trains Inc.

 HO Scale FA-2/FPA-2

Rapido is pleased to announce the definitive HO scale model of the Alco/MLW FA-2 and FPA-2.

The FA-2 was Alco's response to the ubiquitous EMD F7 that was swiftly becoming the locomotive of choice for many freight and passenger railroads. The FA-2 was intended for freight service while the FPA-2 included a steam generator and obligatory large water tank for heating passenger cars. Our models will have the correct details for each version.

Delivered between October 1950 (Erie 736A) and June 1956 (L&N 211), a total of 283 FA-2 and FPA-2 locomotives were built by Alco in Schenectady, New York for 12 different American railroads. A further 51 FA-2 and FPA-2 locomotives were built under licence by Montreal Locomotives Works for CP, CN and NdeM. Each 1600-HP locomotive had a 12-cylinder Alco 244 prime mover. These proved unreliable, which accounts for why these locomotives rarely lasted past 1970 in their original condition. However, many were repowered with reliable Alco 251 engines or even EMD prime movers and lasted much longer.

When it comes to FA-2 locomotives, one size definitely does not fit all. There were substantial variations from railroad to railroad, and we're covering all of the major ones.

Rapido's model will include:

  • Correct water/fuel tank combination for the FPA-2
  • Dynamic Brakes
  • Vertical battery box louvers
  • Prototype-specific details
  • Underbody piping and conduit
  • Nose louvers for B&O
  • Trainphone Antenna for PRR

Photo by Walter E Frost, courtesy City of Vancouver Archives

In all, we are actually tooling four different fuel and fuel/water tanks: two FA-2 fuel tanks (one for CP and one for everyone else) and two FPA-2 fuel/water tanks (one for CP/CN and one for everyone else).

Most importantly, ours is the ONLY FA model ever produced that was scaled from a 3D scan of the prototype, FPA-4 #6765 in Exporail. The nose on our model is the only one guaranteed to be the correct shape, as it's the only one designed from a 3D scan! It is quite different from the nose used on older models.

Alco/Milw FA-2/FPA-2 features:

  • HO Scale DC or DC/DCC/SOUND
  • 5-pole, skew-wound motor with excellent slow-speed performance
  • Operating number boards, headlights and two-color class lights
  • Roadname-specific details
  • Dynamic brakes
  • Etched-metal grilles (Farr or chicken wire, as appropriate)
  • Full underbody piping and conduit
  • Correct, roadnames-specific FA-2 and FPA-2 fuel tanks
  • Separate grab irons and handrails installed at the factory
  • Heavy, die-cast chassis
  • Full cab interior
  • Accurate sounds recorded from a real Alco 244 prime mover
  • Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers mounted at the correct height


Canadian Pacific - Block
Retail $225.00
Discount Price $190.00

Ships out in 4 to 6 Day's


Alco FA2 DC
New York Central - Lightning Stripe
Retail $225.00
Discount Price $190.00

Ships Same/Next Day