Prototype Master Classes

Our experts provide all the information you need to help you choose your Rapido Trains Inc. locomotives, how to operate them, and how you can go about customizing them after your purchase.

  • 22 Jun MLW RS-18 Master Class

    RS-18 Master Class By John Riddell The RS-18 was a highly successful general-purpose road-switcher, unique to Canadian railways. It was the successor to the RS-10 which had proved to be somewhat unreliable with its 1,600 h.p. 244 diesel engine. The model RS-18 road-switcher locomotive, built......

  • 29 May GMD F7B and F9B Master Class

    F7B and F9B Locomotive Master Class By Josh Anderchek, with thanks to Dan Dell’Unto Much like the unique FP9 that was produced by Rapido a number of years ago, and the current production of the FP7, many will ask “Do we really need another B-unit?”......

  • 26 Jun SW1200RS Master Class

    CP 8130 leads an eastbound freight into Agincourt. Photo courtesy Ken Goslett. GMD SW1200RS Master Class By Kevin J. Holland (2014 and 2017) Portions of the following are excerpted, with permission, from Canadian National Railways Diesel Locomotives, Vol. 2 (CNRHA, 2014). From switcher to road switcher......

  • 04 Apr CPR Royal Hudson Master Class

    Canadian Pacific Railway’s Royal Hudsons By John Riddell and the Rapido Steam Team Introduction The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Royal Hudson has been rightly described as one of the most successful locomotive designs of all time. These sleek machines were perhaps Canadian Pacific’s most well know......

  • 07 Feb Budd RDC Master Class

    Budd RDC Master Class By John Riddell Introduction In the early 1950s many railroads were looking for alternate means of providing fast, more economical passenger service with the goal of gaining back some of the clientèle that had transferred to automobiles. The Budd Company of......

  • 19 Jan Alco/MLW FA-2 and FPA-2 Master Class

    Alco/MLW FA-2 and FPA-2 Master Class By Gareth Bayer Alco’s “F” unit The mighty American Locomotive Company, Alco, was second only to Baldwin in steam locomotive construction in the USA during the first third of the 20th century. It’s transition to diesel-electric locomotive technology began......

  • 16 Dec GMD FP9A Spotter’s Guide

    FP9A Spotter’s Guide FP9A CLASSES AND VARIATIONS If you look at the product numbers for our CN FP9A (found here), you will see that we have divided them by class. CN received its FP9A locomotive roster in five deliveries from 1954 to 1958. The locomotives are......

  • 16 Dec GMD FP9A Master Class

    FP9A Locomotive Master Class When most people hear that we are bringing out models of the GMD FP9A locomotives, the first reaction is either “do we really need another F-Unit?” or “I just bought one of those from manufacturer X, Y or Z.” Well actually,......

  • 20 Sep GMD-1 Master Class

    GMD-1 Master Class By Jason Shron With thanks to: Dan Dell’Unto; Ken Goslett; Gord Hilderman; Steve Lucas; Dave Minshall; Mark Perry; Brian Schuff; and Graham Wood. There have been numerous variations of the GMD-1 locomotive since its first delivery in 1958. This master class will give......

  • 11 Sep VIA F40PH-2D Detailing Variations

    by Manny Jacob, Mike McGrattan and Dan Garcia Detailing Variations These units came in three different orders and there are minor differences between each order. Modellers will find that the Rapido Trains Inc. locomotive includes many of the parts needed to accurately duplicate these variations. Post-delivery......

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