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Dear Rapido Customer,
NEW! Icons of Canadian Steam
Power and elegance. Steam locomotives have captured the Canadian imagination for almost two centuries. They are the symbols of the golden age of Canadian railroading. They are the locomotives that moved the people and materials that built our nation. And they are still treasured, even though it has been over fifty years since they were retired from the Canadian mainline.
Rapido Trains Inc. is proud to introduce Icons of Canadian Steam. This HO scale collection is a daring program to produce twelve of the most important and famous steam locomotives in Canadian railway history.
Those of you who know me are probably wondering: "Steam? Jason wants to bring out steam?" If you don't know me, I model 1980 and have been known to refer to steam engines (in jest) as ugly, black, smelly things.
The fact of the matter is I had an epiphany at the Great Edmonton Train Show in September 2014. I met many of you there and was struck by your longstanding dedication to our hobby. Looking at the faces lined with decades of model railroad experience, I came to the realization that Rapido needs to bring out Canadian steam engines - and fast - so that the model railroaders who grew up with steam would be able to enjoy affordable, accurate Canadian steam locomotive models in their lifetimes. This is also an opportunity to introduce Canadian steam to a new generation of younger modellers.
After the first day of the show Bill and I sat down for a drink (Lagavulin, if you will ask). And I said, "We need to do Canadian steam." Delighted that he had finally got through to me, Bill asked, "Which engine?" My response: "All of them."
The first Icon of Canadian Steam is the Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson, possibly the most famous Canadian steam locomotive of them all. Following its release in 2017, we will produce two steam locomotives a year for the next seven years. We are working with some of Canada's most respected steam locomotive modellers to ensure that the Icons of Canadian Steam will be the jewels of your model railroad collection and will operate flawlessly.
That last bit is the most important. They have to run and pull well. Bill has been modelling steam for 40 years. Other experts we have on board, such as Winnipeg's John Morris, have been building and rebuilding model steam engines for longer. Together, we will bring you a Canadian steam engine collection that will give the Swiss clockmakers a run for their money.
Click here for our projected delivery schedule and locomotive list. I should of course note that seven years is a long time and the release order may change a bit as we get further away from "now." If you don't see your favourite locomotive listed, please keep in mind that if we are successful with the Icons of Canadian Steam project we will probably just keep going with more engines once we've completed the initial program.
Those are bold words. Let's hope they don't come back to bite me! But hey - if we could pull off The Canadian on a wing and a prayer, we can handle Canadian steam. We now have at least three wings and four prayers.
The Rapido HO scale Royal Hudson will feature:
**User-controlled features on sound-equipped models only accessible on DCC layouts.
We are currently in discussions with several sound decoder suppliers and will report the brand of sound decoder we choose in the coming months. Needless to say, it will be filled with special Rapido features based on discussions with steam modellers about what you guys want to see.
The MSRP for the Royal Hudson is $599.95 (DC) and $699.95 (DC/DCC/Sound). That price will not increase, no matter what the CAD-USD exchange rate is at the time. Delivery is anticipated in the first half of 2017. We will have samples in mid-2016 and we will welcome your feedback and suggestions on how to improve them.
I know that 2017 is Canada's 150th birthday and it would be great to have the Royal Hudson out before July 1st, Dominion Day, of that year. However, this is our first Canadian steam engine and we have one shot to get it right. Better late than a lemon. So the Royal Hudson will come out when it is good and ready, but we don't anticipate having any trouble delivering it at some point in 2017.
Please click here or on the images below for more information on the Royal Hudson, and click here to download a full-colour brochure.
John Riddell has kindly crafted a brief history of the Royal Hudson. You can read that by clicking here.
Click here for more information on Icons of Canadian Steam. There is no order deadline yet. We'll let you know the order deadline when we have finished samples in 2016. We're excited about this project, even if it is tremendously daunting. I sincerely hope that we exceed your expectations for these beautiful models of Canada's historic steam locomotives.
N Scale FL9 - New Crazy Video
We're only three days away from the order deadline for the N scale FL9 locomotive. To make you an "informed shopper," I spent last Sunday at the office recording a somewhat absurd video. The premise: "What would it be like if I could actually be on the layout, in N scale?" Thankfully, the powers of Q (which I had just for the one day) made this possible. The result is an entertaining demonstration of the FL9 sound and motor features.
Please click here or on the image below to watch our new N scale FL9 video:
N Scale Order Deadlines
Speaking of N scale, Saturday October 31st brings order deadlines for two hot N scale products. Please make sure you reserve with your dealer or directly with us by the deadline! The trick-or-treaters can wait while you place your order.
Panorama Line Baggage Cars
The Panorama Line Baggage Car features incredible detail top, sides, bottom and ENDS! Yes, our model is the first ready-to-run baggage car with end doors. Check out the comparison of the normal and "doorful" car ends here:
You know, we don't get complaints any more that we never make anything in N scale...
The modern 1400-series N scale GMD-1 locomotives also need to be reserved by October 31st. These were rebuilt by CN in the 1980s and again in the late 1990s and were used in service until, oh, about two weeks ago. We're currently negotiating with CN to activate one to record the sounds. Failing that, we will speak to second-hand owners.
These locomotives feature new, 2000-gallon fuel tanks and two-axle Flexicoil trucks. You can read more or order direct by clicking here, and you can download a printable order form here. Please remember to reserve yours on time! Delivery of these locomotives is also expected spring 2016.
Rapido is Moving
I hate moving.
The unthinkable has happened. We have outgrown our office and warehouse space in Markham, Ontario and we have to pack everything up and start afresh. New Dan was tired of sitting on Janet's desk and Thomas told us he no longer wants to work from the bathroom. So we're boxing up the office and moving...
200 feet away.
From later this month, our address will be:
Rapido Trains Inc.
500 Alden Road, Unit 21
L3R 5H5 Canada
Please be patient if you've recently sent in something for repair. As you've no doubt experienced, moving is a major hassle and it takes a lot of time and effort to pack everything up and then to unpack everything and find a place for it. We're going to be a bit behind the ball for the next few weeks but we intend to be back up to full speed by the middle of next month.
I hate moving.
Prayers for Mike
Mike McGrattan, otherwise known as Rapido Mike or Puddington, has just been diagnosed with bone cancer. Mike has been a core member of the Rapido team for over two years and is personally responsible for our increase in N scale output. He has led the steam project since its early days and organized both the Shuttlecraft LRC and the Ride the Rapido charter that got us to Montreal this weekend.
Behind the scenes, Mike has brought his extensive business and administration experience to the table and has been instrumental in helping us plan for Rapido's future. He's my confidant and I owe him a lot. When I am falling into panic mode about some aspect of Rapido that is not running as it should, Mike has been there to pull me up and calm me down. He is truly one of my best friends in the world.
Whatever your faith, I ask you to please keep Mike in your thoughts and prayers. Maybe God will listen if enough of us shout real loud. We pray that Mike has the strength to fight this latest setback and that he can continue to be there for his family and for us in good health.
Hang in there, big guy.
To avoid ending on a sad note, Mike tells me to tell you: "Make sure you take a moment to appreciate the people you live with, work with and model with. Just because they model N scale, they can't be all that bad."
Mike also made me promise that the Royal Hudson lives up to his standards because he fully intends on getting the first one in 2017. I intend to keep that promise.
Rapido Trains Inc.
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