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N Scale - Rapido Trains - 550006 - Passenger - Via Rail Canada - 10-pack

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N Scale - Rapido Trains - 550006 - Passenger - Via Rail Canada - 10-pack

Brand Rapido Trains
Stock Number 550006
Original Retail Price $699.95
Manufacturer Rapido Trains
Production Type Announced
Body Style Rapido Passenger The Canadian
Prototype Passenger Car, Lightweight, Budd, Canadian (Details)
Prototype Description Passenger
Road or Company Name Via Rail Canada (Details)
Reporting Marks VIA
Road or Reporting Number 10-pack
Paint Color(s) Silver and Blue
Print Color(s) Yellow and Blue
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 10
Series Release/Issue Number VIA HEP/Canada Scheme
Announcement Date 2019-06-24
Release Date 2021-03-31
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Corrugated
Model Variety Budd Canadian
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1955
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information:
Set includes the following cars:
Baggage: 8609
Coach: 8103
Coach: 8117
Skyline: 8501
Diner: Kent
Chateau: Chateau Montcalm
Chateau: Chateau Vercheres
Manor: Butler Manor
Manor: Carleton Manor
Park: Strathcona Park

Model Information: Announced in June 2019. Contains 7 different body styles. Comes in 3 or 10-pack sets.
  • Baggage-Dormitory
  • Coach (set includes two)
  • Skyline - Dome-Coach or Dome-Coffee Shop
  • Diner
  • Chateau Sleeper - 4 sections, 8 duplex roomettes, 3 bedrooms, 1 drawing room (set includes two)
  • Manor Sleeper - 4 sections, 4 roomettes, 5 bedrooms, 1 compartment (set includes two)
  • Park Car - Dome-Sleeper-Lounge-Observation
  • Accurate Budd fluting profile
  • Full interiors, including two optional Skyline interiors
  • Track-powered interior lighting on DC and DCC
  • Separate, etched metal grab irons and handrails
  • Beautiful stainless steel finish
  • Operating marker lights on all Park Cars
  • Operating marker lights on all HEP enabled cars

Prototype History:
In 1953, CPR placed an order for 155 stainless steel cars with Budd Company of Philadelphia that included 18 rear-end dome cars (Park series), 18 Skyline mid-train dome cars, 30 coaches, 18 dining cars and 71 sleeping cars (Manor and Château series). A subsequent order for 18 baggage-crew dormitory cars brought the final to total to 173 cars, sufficient for establishing an entirely new transcontinental service.
The Canadian was introduced by Canadian Pacific in April 1955 as its flagship transcontinental passenger train from Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver. It featured new FP9A locomotives and a consist of new stainless steel passenger cars built by Budd in Philadelphia.
The Canadian lasted with Canadian Pacific until 1978, when it was transferred to VIA Rail Canada. It continued to operate on the original Canadian Pacific routing until 1990, when it was moved to CN tracks. VIA refurbished and upgraded The Canadian to Head End Power and relaunched in 1992 under the “Silver and Blue” branding.
The train was recently upgraded again, adding “Prestige” service cars at the rear. These are Chateau Sleepers and Park Cars converted to gorgeous suites with queen-size beds and private showers. Despite suffering from poor timekeeping by “the freight railway,” The Canadian is still VIA’s flagship train. It still operates with the original Budd cars, and it still delights riders from around the world.
The Canadian could include as many as 30 cars, but is regularly between 18 and 22 cars long.

Information courtesy of Rapido Trains Inc..

About Streamlined/Lightweight passenger cars:
In the post-war period, passenger rail service boomed. In order to increase efficiency, the railroads set to replacing their old wood, steel and concrete heavyweight passenger cars with newer lightweight, streamlined cars. The new cars were made from stainless steel, aluminum and Cor-Ten steel. These cars required less motive power to pull and were cheaper to manufacture. Production was also concentrated in a few manufacturers rather than each railroad making its own. This led to standardization which further reduced costs. The new "lightweight" cars were also given "streamlined" designs to make them more visually appealing. Budd, Pullman Standard and ACF were all well known manufacturers of these cars.

Road Name History:
Via Rail Canada (reporting mark VIA) (generally shortened to Via Rail or Via; styled corporately as VIA Rail Canada) is an independent crown corporation, subsidized by the Minister of Transport, mandated to offer intercity passenger rail services in Canada.

On January 12, 1977, CN spun off its passenger services as a separate Crown corporation, VIA Rail Canada. At its inception, Via acquired all CN passenger cars and locomotives. Following several months of negotiation, on October 29, 1978, Via took over operation of CP passenger train services, and took possession of cars and locomotives. Passenger train services which were not included in the creation of Via Rail included those offered by BC Rail, Algoma Central Railway, Ontario Northland Railway, Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway, various urban commuter train services operated by CN and CP, and remaining CN passenger services in Newfoundland.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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: Powderman on 2020-02-29 11:17:03. Last edited by gdm on 2020-06-01 10:02:08

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