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light can be turned off or dimmed, the roof-top searchlight switched on or off, the number boards illuminated, and the classification lights can be coloured green, white or turned off. The latter feature requires some explanation. Normally the class lights on the loco-


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motive pulling The Canadian would not be illuminated. The white lights would be shown only if the train was more than twelve hours behind sched- ule. Green class lights were rarely used with one exception. On CPR’s double-track Automatic Block Signal route from Fort William to Winnipeg it was common practice for The Canadi- an to carry green markers indicating that a second section was following. However, Second Train 1 was not a second Canadian but rather a freight train. This was done to simplify train order dispatching along the route. The two A-units that come with the


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set are both equipped with sound and DCC. The horn and bell sounds are ex- cellent. The prime mover sound is not set to the ridiculously loud levels of many other manufacturers’ models. An interesting feature is the “straight to 8” option controlled by function 3 on any DCC controller. This revs the prime mover sound immediately to notch 8 to simulate a passenger train accelerating while leaving a station stop. All of the sound functions and their CV adjustments are fully ex- plained in the FP9A manual that comes with the set. Whenever a manufacturer produces


its first locomotive drive there is specu- lation about how successful the new drive will be. Fortunately, Rapido’s FP9A drive runs smoothly and quietly. Its performance is a match for any dri- ve on the HO market today. Tested with a Digitrax DCC system our FP9A samples began creeping at a scale 3 m.p.h. With the throttle wide open they cruised at 75 s.m.p.h., a bit less than the 89 m.p.h. maximum of CPR’s prototype units. Each A-unit tips the scale at 16.75 ounces, giving the pair


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excellent pulling power. Each set includes an unpowered F9B


unit so that a prototypical A-B-A lashup can be operated. With a weight of 13 ounces, the B-unit tracks perfect- ly. The B-unit, like the A-units, is beautifully decorated and detailed. The paint colours perfectly match the prototype’s shades. The typefaces for the CPR numbers and letters are accu- rate. Grab irons are painted and there are appropriate highlight colours added to the fuel and water fillers. The initial release of The Canadian


sets depicts the gray and maroon block-print paint scheme. Two differ- ent sets are offered, each with different locomotive numbers and car names. These will be followed by sets in the maroon and gray script scheme, the CP Rail Action Red in two stripe-width variations and blue and yellow VIA sets. For the time being, the passenger cars are not available individually. In- terestingly, VIA Rail Canada is selling individual Park cars through their company website. By the time this review is in print


the Rapido FP9A’s will be likely avail- able both as d.c. and DCC/sound mod- els in Canadian National, VIA and Al- goma Central. These coming models will be detailed with the appropriate features by railway and era. As an Al- goma Central modeler, I can hardly wait for the new offerings. CPR and CP Rail FP9 units will be available sepa- rately at a later date. Expect them to sell like hotcakes. It is easy to underestimate the im-


pact of CPR’s The Canadian on Cana- da’s national psyche. The departure of The Canadian from Montreal was al- ways met with spectators at West- mount, Montreal West and Dorval sta- tions. They came faithfully to watch their favorite train glide into the sta- tion, load and depart for the other end of the continent. When VIA elected to make Toronto the origin city for The Canadian, those Montreal spectators never came back to trackside. For them there was only one train worth


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