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N Scale - Rapido Trains - 15054 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD FL9 - Metro-North

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Stock Number 15054
Original Retail Price 169.95
Brand Rapido Trains
Manufacturer Rapido Trains
Body Style Rapido Diesel Engine EMD FL9
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD FL9 (Details)
Road or Company Name Metro-North (Details)
Paint Color(s) Red, Blue, Silver and Black
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2016-06-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety FL9
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160

Model Information: This model was released in 2016 by Rapido Trains. Several numbers available for each paint scheme. The full manual for this train may be found: by clicking here

The model features: Correct details for both delivery groups; Separate grab irons; Road-number and era-specific details applied at the factory; Correct fuel and water tanks and cooling coils; full underframe details; Operational headlight and back-up lights; full cab interior; will operate smoothly on DC and DCC layouts; Rapido's proven 5-pole, skew-wound motor and silky-smooth drive system; Micro-Trains couplers mounted at the correct height.

DCC Information: This engine comes in two forms: DCC-Ready with Coupon and DCC-With-Sound. The sound-equipped DCC model comes with an ESU LokSound sound decoder or dual-mode DC/DCC silent model with authentic sounds including Hancock air whistle (where appropriate).

Important Note! The DCC-Ready versions of this train come with a mail-in coupon for a FREE dual-mode DCC drop-in decoder.

Prototype History:
The EMD FL9 has secured a rightful place in North American railroad history. These dual-power locomotives were designed to operate on both diesel-electric and on pure electric power so that they could haul the New Haven Railroad?s passenger trains in and out of New York City's Grand Central Terminal without the need for an engine change. Built between 1955 and 1960, many of the fleet continued in regular revenue service for nearly fifty years on both long haul and commuter trains. While the last revenue commuter run occurred in 2009, two units remain in regular revenue service today on the Maine Eastern between Brunswick and Rockland Maine. Several others have been preserved and are in use on tourist railroads in both the US and Canada.

This engine can be viewed as a modified FP9. It was built to carry a larger steam generator than the FP9 and hence is longer and heavier. To support the extra weight, the rear truck sports 3 axles in place of the FP9's double-axle configuration. The result is a relatively uncommon 5-axle design (2 in front and 3 in the back) with 10 wheels.

Road Name History:
MNCW was established in 1983 to take over commuter train operations north of New York City in the states of New York and Connecticut (operated jointly with ConnDOT) from the previous operator Conrail. A pair of routes belonging to MNCW in New Jersey are operated under contract by the NJ Transit system. They run from Hoboken to Spring Valley and Hoboken to Port Jervis (including the Bergan County Line.) The MNCW operated routes originate at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan:

- The Hudson Line runs north along the Hudson River to Poughkeepsie. This line is electrified with 3rd rail as far as Croton-Harmon.

- The Harlem Line runs northeast from GCT as far as Wassaic. It also is electrified with 3rd rail as far as the town of Southeast, New York.

- The New Haven Line runs east as far as New Haven, Connecticut. This line also has three branches to New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury respectively. The New Haven line has a short segment of 3rd rail which ends in Pelham and then uses catenary for the rest of the run to New Haven.

All told, the MNCW includes 385 miles of route including the New Jersey lines. In 2014, they surpassed the Long Island Rail Road as the busiest commuter railroad in the country.

Brand/Importer Information:
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. The firm's mission is to recreate the entire rail travel experience, from fully-detailed interiors and under-frames on models to fully-wired telephone poles for model railroads.

The name RAPIDO was introduced by Canadian National in 1965 to headline the railway's high-speed intercity passenger services. Until the mid-1980s, RAPIDO stood for fast schedules, frequent trains, and superb service.

Today, Rapido Trains continues the RAPIDO concept with state-of-the-art models and attention to fine detail. This company is not related to the venerable (and now defunct) German manufacturer Arnold Rapido, nor the present-day Arnold (which is owned by the United Kingdom's Hornby), Canadian based Rapido Trains was founded in 2003.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-06-28 06:25:02. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-05 08:26:11

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