Diesel & Electric Engines MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0

MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0

MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0
MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0 MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0 MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0 MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0 MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0 MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0 MTH Premier 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1 Santa Fe FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set with ProtoSound 3.0
Manf Stock # 20-20690-1, 20-20690-3, 20-20691-1
Condition Like New
Box Yes
SKU 12661
Quantity in stock 1 item(s) available
 
$599.00
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Description

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, Alco seemed doomed to forever playing second fiddle to industry leader EMD.

Observers frequently point to reliability problems with Alco's 1600 hp model 244 diesel motor as the cause. But one wonders today if Alco's problem was really its motor, or EMD's commanding sales lead. During World War II, EMD had been the only company permitted to manufacture road diesels, and shop crews nationwide had learned to service the EMD 567 prime mover. Perhaps a lack of familiarity led to lesser-quality maintenance of Alco motors; as evidence, Alco fans today point to the New Haven, an all-Alco railroad that got great service from its Alco fleet while others complained.

In any case, the brawny good looks of Alco's FA and PA cab units have endeared them to railfans and modelers for more than half a century. Both were styled by Ray Patten, General Electric's head of industrial design, who a decade earlier had received a Lord and Taylor award for a cooking range design "as sightly as a grand piano." 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 FAs 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.

Set Includes:

  • 20-20690-1 #95 Powered A-Unit
  • 20-20690-3 Non-Powered B-Unit
  • 20-20691-1 #96 Powered A-Unit

Powered A-Units Features:

  • O-Gauge, O-Scale
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • Moveable Roof Fans
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • (2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlight
  • Lighted LED Cab Interior Light
  • Illuminated LED Number Boards
  • Lighted LED Marker Lights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Operating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Proto-Scale 3-2 3-Rail/2-Rail Conversion Capable
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures: 13" x 2 5/8" x 3 3/4"
  • Operates On O-31 Curves

Non-Powered B-Unit Features:

  • O-Gauge, O-Scale
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides & Pilots
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails
  • Moveable Roof Fans
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • (2) Metal Couplers
  • Unit Measures:13" x 2 5/8" x 3 3/4"
  • Operates On O-31 Curves

This set of engines is in Like New condition and have very little run time on them. One Powered A-Unit has 30 scale miles on the odometer and the other has 40 scale miles on the odometer. We can't check the B-unit miles (since it is non-powered), but it shows the same as the A-units. There is no damage or defects on any of the units. We have tested them to make sure that all features work and that they run properly. All 3 units come in their original boxes and include the instructions, smoke fluid and spare traction tires. What a nice set!

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