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HO Scale Later Phase F40PHs

Following on the success of our HO scale Amtrak Phase 1 models, Rapido Trains Inc. is pleased to announce the Phase 2 Amtrak F40PH in HO scale. Our model has been scaled from original Amtrak and EMD blueprints and has been designed with the help of F40PH fans and current members of the Amtrak team who are themselves model railroaders. Customers can thus rest assured that the locomotive is dimensionally accurate from nose to tail.

Amtrak’s second F40PH order incorporated several changes to the original Phase 1 design. Phase 2a and 2b units (230-279, 280-328) received larger 1800-gallon fuel tanks mounted toward the front of the frame. The air reservoirs were shifted toward the rear and to the engineer’s side, while the battery boxes were located on the fireman’s side. Newer and wider Nathan K5LA horns were specified, requiring a wider horn notch on the cab roof. Units 280-328 (termed Phase 2b) had four vertical ribs at the rear of each side.



When new EPA regulations took effect in 1980, the radiator fans were replaced by quieter Q-fans creating the Phase 3 version of the F40PH. Phase 3 F40s share other spotting features with the Phase 2b F40. Many Phase 3 units were built for commuter agencies as well, but without dynamic brakes.

Amtrak’s F40PH units were eventually fitted with nose ditch lights. Around the same time the cab side steps and door were modified. Several F40PH units were sold to second-hand owners for use in regional and tourist services.

Rapido will offer both versions of the Phase 2b – original and ditch light-equipped with modified cab details – as well as a non-dynamic brake Phase 3 commuter unit.

Our new HO scale F40PH models continue the unprecedented level of detail offered on our Phase 1 F40PH model.

No Detail Left Behind

Model Features:

  • Extensive, separate underbody piping and conduit
  • Correct body details for each variation
  • Era-specific details
  • Working head lights, backup light, strobe and marker lights
  • Working ditch lights where appropriate
  • Separate, factory-applied wire grab irons
  • See-through, etched-metal radiator grills and dynamic brake grills
  • Full cab interior painted in correct colors
  • Scaled from original blueprints to ensure accurate dimensions
  • Accurate fuel tank profile and exhaust silencer
  • Sound-equipped models feature a custom ESU LokSound V5 decoder

Officially licensed by Amtrak. Amtrak is a registered service mark of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.


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Phase 2B Original

Amtrak Phase II


Amtrak Phase III


Phase 2B With Ditch Lights

Amtrak Phase III


Rio Grande Ski Train


Agawa Canyon Tour Train


Montreal A.M.T


CSX (With larger fuel tank)


Virginia Railway Express


Phase 3 Commuter

Massachussets Bay Transportation Authority

HO F40PH Ph3 non-dynamic: MBTA #1013

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HO F40PH Ph3 non-dynamic: MBTA #1014

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HO F40PH Ph3 non-dynamic: MBTA #1016

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New Jersey Transit

HO F40PH Ph3 non-dynamic: NJT #4113

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HO F40PH Ph3 non-dynamic: NJT #4120

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HO F40PH Ph3 non-dynamic: NJT #4121

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Undecorated Models

HO F40PH Ph2 original: Undec

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HO F40PH Ph2 w/ditch lights: Undec

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HO F40PH Ph3 non-dynamic: Undec

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Rapido Trains Inc. is a high-end manufacturer of model trains and accessories in HO, OO and N (North American 1:160 and British 1:148) scales. Our aim is to recreate the entire rail travel experience, from fully-detailed interiors and underframe equipment on our trains to fully-wired telephone poles for your model railroad.