Bachmann 64601, HO ALCo FA-2, CN, Standard DC

MSRP $135.00
Normally Available Within 10 Days if Out of Stock

Bachmann HO ALCo FA-2, Standard DC
Canadian National (Loco is not numbered)

Bachmann Item #64601

Bachmann is pleased to offer the FA2 in this DCC-ready model with a factory-installed 8-pin socket ready for DCC decoder installation of your choice.

Features Include:

  • Operating headlight

  • Die-cast chassis

  • Dual flywheels

  • Metal handrails

  • Detailed fan

  • E-Z Mate® Mark II couplers

  • NMRA 8-pin socket included for easy installation of DCC or Sound

  • Performs best on 18" radius curves or greater

Prototype Overview:

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 General Electric 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 General Electric'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 FA/FB 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. ALCO's designation of F marks these locomotives as being geared primarily for freight use, whereas the P designation of the PA sets indicates that they were geared for higher speeds and passenger use. However, beyond this their design was largely similar, and many railroads used FA and PA locomotives for both freight and passenger.

The 1,600 hp (1,200 kW) FA-2/FB-2 (along with the FPA-2/FPB-2 variants) was built between October 1950 and June 1956. Externally, the FA-1/FB-1 could be distinguished from the FA-2/FB-2 (FPA-2/FPB-2) by the position of the radiator shutters – the FA-1/FB-1's shutters were at the far end of the carbody, whereas on the FA-2/FB-2 they were further forward, the design having been modified to allow the installation of a steam generator behind the radiator.

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Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price 135.00
UPC 22899646015
Scale HO
DCC Standard DC
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