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HO MLW FPA-2u/FPB-2u DC/DCC/S VIA: 6759/6859

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HO MLW FPA-2u/FPB-2u DC/DCC/S VIA: 6759/6859

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Product Details

In 1955, Canadian National ordered six pairs of FPA-2 and FPB-2 locomotives from Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), under license from the American Locomotive Company (ALCo). These were steam-equipped FA-2 and FB-2 locomotives that produced 1,600 hp from their ALCo 244 V-12 engines. The addition of the "P" to each name stood for "Passenger".

In 1958, wanting to improve reliability and operations, Canadian National rebuilt two pairs of FPA-2 and FPB- 2 units with 1,800 hp ALCo 251 V-12 engines, as well as enlarged fuel tanks and other visual improvements. These units were given the designation FPA-2u and FPB-2u and were numbered 6758/6858 and 6759/6859. All 4 units would survive into service with VIA Rail Canada and FPA-2u 6758 would go on to live beyond its VIA years with the New York & Lake Erie Railroad.

The two rebuilt A-B sets would become the prototypes for the production of the MLW FPA-4 and FPB-4 locomotives, built in 1958 and 1959, one of the most iconic locomotives operated in passenger service by CN and VIA Rail Canada.

Features

  • Operating headlights, class lights and back-up lights
  • Canadian-cast Dofasco Type B trucks
  • Full underbody piping and conduit
  • Separate grab irons and handrails
  • Correct MLW-specific large-capacity fuel tanks
  • Improved light grey colour on the CN 1961 scheme
  • Heavy, die-cast chassis
  • Rapido's improved 5-pole motor with dual flywheels
  • Full, multi-colour interior
  • DC/Silent (21-pin DCC Ready) or DC/DCC/Sound (ESU LokSound) options
  • Accurate sounds recorded from the REAL FPA-2u #6758