HO Amtrak Modernized F40PH & NPCU Support Page
HO Amtrak Modernized F40PH & NPCU – Support Page
NOTE: IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE ORIGINAL F40PH (THE ONE WITHOUT DITCH LIGHTS) PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Important DC Advisory
Do NOT use MRC 1300-series DC controllers with any of Rapido’s locomotives. The RailPower 1300 is notorious for voltage spikes and it WILL destroy your locomotive. There is no “if” about it. We will try to help you if we have the parts, but we are not responsible for locomotive damage due to voltage spikes in your power supply. As well, we will not repair any locomotive damaged by an MRC 1300-series controller (or any other “train set” DC controller) unless you have retired the controller. Otherwise the damage will soon reoccur. “Train set” DC controllers should not be used with any modern model locomotives.
General Problems and Inquiries
If your model arrives with damage or there is any other issue, the best thing to do is to contact our support team. They take care of all of our warranty repairs and they are all swell guys. The toll-free number is 1-855-LRC-6917 (1-855-572-6917) (outside North America, +1 905-474-3314 or 905-474-3324). You can also email us – click here.
DCC Decoder Installation
Our DC Amtrak Modernized F40PH and NPCU are DCC-ready and come equipped with a 21-MTC plug for easy DCC decoder installation.
Function Issues on Digitrax Systems
If you operate with a Digitrax DCC system and your DCC locomotive does not seem to be responding as it should, please try the fix described below before contacting us. It may save you some time and aggravation!
Apparently, some Digitrax systems store the address of every single locomotive that they’ve ever used on them, and regardless of whether the locomotive was dispatched or not. Once this memory fills up, any new locomotives that attempt to be used by that system can exhibit very unusual behavior including non-working functions and odd responses.
The solution to this is easy. All you need to do is clear the memory in your system. This is done by clearing slot #36; see the instructions below. Once you’ve done this, you’ll likely find that your loco operates exactly as you expected it should.
General Instructions for Closing Command Station Option Switches (for specific instructions for your command station and throttle, see the instruction manual for your equipment):
- On the command station, set the MODE toggle switch to the OP (center) position.
- Using your throttle go into Switch Mode.
- Enter the Option Switch number you wish to change (in this case 36).
- Press the “c” key on the throttle.
- You will hear a beep.
- On the command station move the MODE toggle down to SLEEP then back up to RUN.
- Using your throttle, turn Track Status back on.
For more information, see this page from Digitrax’s web site.
Exploded Parts Diagrams
Click links below to view an exploded parts diagram. Please refer to these part numbers when requesting replacement parts.
Amtrak Modernized F40PH Instructions (English only)
Amtrak NPCU Instructions (English only)
Amtrak Modernized F40PH/NPCU ESU Non-sound LokPilot File
Click here to download. File is configured for a LokPilot V4.0 DCC. 54615
Note: File will work for both the Modernized F40PH and the NPCU as they use the same basic functions and controls.
A small number of users have reported that their Amtrak F40s or NPCUs were derailing on curves. The following solution should fix the issue.
The speed recorder, located on the engineer’s side of the front truck, runs from the truck up into the chassis. In some circumstances, the “cable” section of the part is too long and the top snags on the top of the chassis, which limits the movement of the locomotive’s front truck.
To remedy this, remove the locomotive’s shell by first removing the couplers and coupler boxes before gently lifting the shell off the chassis. Trace the recorder “cable” from the truck up into the chassis. You may see the end of the part bent back on itself and wedged in the channel cut into the chassis to accommodate it. Carefully trim off the top portion of the speed recorder “cable” so that the truck rotates more freely. Test the locomotive and, if all is well, replace the shell and the couplers.
If you require additional assistance, please contact us.