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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Trainline HO Scale Alco FA-1 Locomotive - Union Pacific

Trainline HO Scale Alco FA-1 Locomotive - Union Pacific #1500A

Product Features

Ready to Run
Dual Fly Wheels
Knuckle Couplers
Diecast Metal Frame
Quality construction and features

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

These workhorses feature colorful period paint and lettering to make them a must for vintage rosters. Locos feature cast metal frame, all-wheel drive and electrical pickup, powerful motor with flywheel, working headlight (FA only) and body-mounted couplers. Matching cabless FB-1 Boosters are available separately for those roads that used them.

The ALCO FA was a family of B-B diesel locomotives designed to haul freight trains. The locomotives were built by a partnership of ALCO and GE in Schenectady, New York, between January 1946 and May 1959. They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead (A unit) FA and cabless booster (B unit) FB models were built. A dual passenger-freight version, the FPA/FPB, was also offered. It was equipped with a steam generator for heating passenger cars.

Externally, the FA and FB models looked very similar to the ALCO PA models produced in the same period. Both the FA and PA models were styled by GE's Ray Patten. They shared many of the same characteristics both aesthetically and mechanically. It was the locomotive's mechanical qualities (the ALCO 244 V-12 prime mover) and newer locomotive models from both General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD) and General Electric (the partnership with ALCO was dissolved in 1953) that ultimately led to the retirement of the locomotive model from revenue service. Several examples of FAs and FBs have been preserved in railroad museums, a few of them in operational status on such lines as the Grand Canyon Railway and the Napa Valley Wine Train.

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