A quick update with our new Alco video.
Rapido News Volume 79A
©2016 Rapido Trains Inc.

Dear Rapido customer,
I normally shy away from sending out two newsletters in two weeks, but we wanted you to have the chance to see our HO scale FA-2 in action before the order deadline and, more importantly, to hear our new Alco 244 sounds. The 244 was the diesel engine/prime mover used in the majority of the FA-series (FA-1, FA-2, FPA-2, etc.) and RS-series (RS-2, RS-3, RS-10, RSC-24, etc.) locomotives produced by Alco and MLW.

Most of the surviving engines that had 244 prime movers were upgraded later in life, so it is almost impossible to get good recordings. That means current models of FA units, RS units, and many other mid-century Alco/MLW locomotives don't have the correct sounds. This is about to change.

FA-2 Video
Our new FA-2 video with Alco 244 sounds
Click here or on the image above to watch our new FA-2 video. We've only just got the sound recordings and ESU has only just started mastering the decoder file. So we have overdubbed the original sounds that we sent to ESU onto the model video. But it still gives you the idea of what your Rapido FA-2 will sound like.

You can reserve your FA-2 and FPA-2 locomotives at your local hobby shop or by clicking here (USA/International) or clicking here (Canada). The order deadline is next Tuesday, May 24th.

After the FA-2 is released, we will make the sounds available in a stand-alone Rapido/ESU decoder. In the interest of improving Alco models everywhere, we are also willing to license the use of our sounds to other manufacturers. If you are a manufacturer with an upcoming Alco 244-equipped model, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Puddington Valley
Sam McGrattan proudly shows off the N scale Kanto Subdivision.
Prayers for "Rapido Mike" McGrattan

The Rapido team went to Peterborough, Ontario on Friday where Mike's son, Sam (age 12), proudly showed off the beautiful N scale layout that he and Dad have built over the last few months. We then visited Mike in hospital.

In the three days since, Mike's condition has worsened. Please say a prayer for Mike. He's just 52.

Thanks and regards,


Jason Shron
Rapido Trains Inc.

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