MTH 80-2222- 0 Lehigh Valley Alco PA A #609 – Unit DCC Ready


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A Unit No. 609

Product Number: 80-2222-0

The PA was Alco™s glamour girl. While Electro-Motive™s E-units easily outsold Alco™s passenger engine, the PA is widely regarded as the most beautiful first-generation diesel  period. Perhaps no other locomotive looked so right at the head of the streamlined trains of the late forties and fifties that were the last hurrah of American long-distance passenger service. The 294 PA™s and cabless PB™s built between 1946 and 1953 powered some of America™s most famous name trains, from the Southern Pacific™s Daylight to the Pennsylvania™s Broadway Limited. In recognition of its beauty, some fans refer to the PA as an honorary steam locomotive.

The muscular PA profile and its elegant nose, with the characteristic grille around the headlight, were designed by Ray Patten, General Electric™s head of industrial design. At the time, GE and Alco were partners in the locomotive business, with GE making the electrical equipment for all Alco diesels. Patten™s design was described as a locomotive so distinctive and so powerful looking that it actually helps railroads sell their services to passengers and shippers. While Alco would later fall by the wayside, GE went on to become America™s largest locomotive builder by the early 1990s.

Under the hood of the PA beat a 16-cylinder model 244 prime mover that developed 2000 hp. Depending on their gearing, PAs could hustle a passenger consist along at up to 100 mph.

Long after all other PAs had gone to scrap, four restored ex-Santa Fe units remained in service on the Delaware & Hudson into the late 1970™s. Sold to the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico (FNM) in 1978, most of the units eventually deteriorated to junk status, although one remained operational. But in April of 2000, Doyle McCormack  who also happens to be the engineer of No. 4449, the restored Southern Pacific Daylight and the Smithsonian Institution repatriated two of the junked units for rebuilding. One of the units will be restored to Santa Fe livery for static display, while Doyle is bringing the other PA back to life in the Nickel Plate Road Bluebird scheme. You can follow the progress of Doyle’s labor on the Web site

Recreate the excitement of first-class passenger travel in the middle of the last century, with these Alco PA locomotives and matching passenger sets. Our ProtoSound 3.0 sound and control system brings you the authentic sounds of an Alco prime mover and station announcements for name trains of the 1940s and 50s  along with the ability to start your train so gently you won’t spill the water in the diner and then accelerate up to scale speeds of over 100 mph, just like the prototype.
Intricately Detailed ABS Bodies
Metal Chassis
Moveable Roof Fans
Metal Body Side Grilles
(2) Engineer Cab Figures In Each A Unit
Authentic Paint Scheme
Metal Wheels and Axles
RP25 Metal Wheels
(2) Operating Kadee Compatible Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers
(2) #158 Scale Kadee Whisker Couplers
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlight
Lighted Cab Interior
Illuminated Number Boards
Lighted Marker Lights
Operating MARS Light
Powerful 5-Pole Precision Flywheel Equipped Skew-Wound Balanced Motor
Operating Smoke Unit
Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
Operates On Code 70, 83 and 100 Track
1:87 Scale Proportions

Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotives can be controlled in command mode with any DCC compliant command control system. While the user won’t have access to all of the incredible features of Proto-Sound 3.0, independent control over the locomotive is possible. This means you can continue to use your existing DCC controller to independently control your other DCC equipped locomotives in addition to your Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive on the same track at the same time.

When using a DCC controller, the following Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive features are accessible:

F0 Headlight
F1 Bell
F2 Whistle/Horn
F3 Start Up/Shut Down
F4 Rear Coupler
F5 Front Coupler
F6 Engine Sounds On/Off
F7 Sound Volume
F8 Ditch Lights Auto/On/Off
F9 Forward Signal
F10 Reverse Signal
F11 Grade Crossing Signal
F12 Cab Light On/Off
F13 Extended Start Up
F14 Extended Shut Down
F15 Rev Up
F16 Rev Down
F17 Coupler Slack Sound
F18 Coupler Close
F19 One-Shot Doppler
F20 Feature Reset
F21 Idle Sequence 1
F22 Idle Sequence 2
F23 Idle Sequence 3
F24 Ditch Lights Auto/On/Off
F25 Brakes Auto/Off
F26 Cab Chatter Auto/Off
F27 Clickety-Clack Auto/Off
F28 Coupler Slack Sound
Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Passenger Station Proto-Effects
Unit Measures:18 x 1 3/8 x 2 1/8
Operates On 22″ Radius Curves


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