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MTH 20-20304-1 - FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set "Western Maryland" w/ PS3

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  • Road Name: Western Maryland
  • Road Number: A Units - 301 & 303 B Unit - 452
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Intricately Detailed ABS Bodies
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Metal Chassis
  • Moveable Roof Fans
  • Metal Handrails and Decorative Horn
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • (2) Engineer Cab Figures In Each A Unit
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • Kadee Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant voltage LED Headlights
  • Lighted Cab Interiors
  • Illuminated Number Boards
  • Lighted Marker Lights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel Equipped Motors In Each A Unit
  • (2) Operating Smoke Units
  • Onboard DCC Receiver
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures:39 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
  • Operates On O-31 Curves
Diesel DCC Features
  • Headlight/Taillight
  • Bell
  • Horn
  • Start-up/Shut-down
  • Passenger Station/Freight Yard Announcements
  • Lights (except head/tail)
  • Master Volume
  • Front Coupler
  • Rear Coupler
  • Forward Signal
  • Reverse Signal
  • Grade Crossing
  • Idle Sequence 3
  • Idle Sequence 2
  • Idle Sequence 1
  • Extended Start-up
  • Extended Shut-down
  • Rev Up
  • Rev Down
  • One Shot Doppler
  • Coupler Slack
  • Single Horn Blast
  • Coupler Close
  • Engine Sounds
  • Brake Sounds
  • Cab Chatter
  • Feature Reset
  • Smoke On/Off
  • Smoke Volume

The American Locomotive Company, one of the nation's premier steam locomotive builders, joined forces with Schenectady, New York neighbor General Electric to build the first standardized diesel-electric locomotives in the 1920s. But when the diesel revolution began in earnest after World War II, dependability problems with Alco's model 244 prime mover doomed the company to forever playing second fiddle to industry leader EMD.

The brawny good looks of Alco's FA and PA cab units, however, have endeared them to railfans and modelers for more than half a century. Many would argue that Alco's FA-1 and successor FA-2 diesels were both handsomer and more powerful looking than their major competitors, EMD's F3 and F7 "covered wagons." A signature feature of Alco cab units was the striking ribbed grille surrounding the headlight.

While Alco FA's were sold primarily as freight haulers, they did have room for a passenger-service steam generator at the rear of the engine compartment. Compared with the FA-1, the FA-2 was slightly longer to accommodate a larger steam generator and just a bit more powerful, developing 1600 hp. Alco built FA-2s and cabless FB-2 boosters from 1950 through 1956.

The Premier Alco FA-2 A-B-A diesel set includes two twin-motored A units and one non-powered B unit. Both A units have full directional lighting and a Proto-Coupler on the cab end. Like all Premier diesel locomotives, the set is equipped with the legendary power and performance of Proto-Sound 3.0. In addition, an additional non-powered B-unit can be ordered to create an A-B-B-A lashup.

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