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THIS IS AN ADVANCE RESERVATION - ETA - JULY/AUGUST 2019.
ESTIMATED PRICE - AS A GUIDE ONLY - BASED ON CURRENT COSTS ETC - £649.00. YOU ARE ONLY CHARGED WHEN THE MODELS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED. IF THE FINAL PRICE IS 10% MORE THAN OUR ESTIMATE WE WILL CONTACT YOU BEFORE WE CHARGE.YOU WILL OF COURSE PAY A LOWER PRICE SHOULD OUR COST REDUCE.
A 10% PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED TO THE FINAL SHELF PRICE OF THIS MODEL.
PAY A MINIMUM DEPOSIT OF 10% OF OUR ESTIMATED PRICE AND UPGRADE TO A 15% DISCOUNT OFF OUR FINAL SHELF PRICE - SEE "DISCOUNT SCHEMES" FOR FULL DETAILS.
ORDER DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 18TH 2018.
THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT SETS OFFERED ON THIS MODEL -
SET #1 RS-18 #3152, Club Car #321, Cafe Car #344 and Coach #366.
SET #2 RS-18 #3154, Club Car #322, Café Car #341 and Coach #373.
IF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE PLACE YOUR CHOICE(S) IN THE ORDER COMMENTS BOX. THE PRICE QUOTED IS FOR ONE MODEL.
FOUR ADDITIONAL COACHES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER. THESE HAVE AN ESTIMATED PRICE OF £110.00 EACH. If you wish to order extra coaches make a note in the Order Comments box. A 10% PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED TO THE FINAL SHELF PRICE OF THESE COACHES OR, IF YOU PAY A MINUMUM 10% DEPOSIT ON EACH COACH AS ABOVE A 15% PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED.
Rapido Trains Inc. is very excited to announce its latest museum quality complete passenger train, the Tempo, in HO scale. Originally introduced by CN in 1968, the majority of these cars still run today and are once again under the ownership of CN after operating for different carriers.
June 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Tempo, a unique CN passenger train that operated between Toronto, Windsor, Sarnia and Chicago. For those of us of a certain age, the Tempo was as much a part of the Toronto railroad scene as the CN Tower and Union Station. It’s our railroad history, and we haven’t forgotten it.
The Tempo was transferred to VIA Rail Canada in 1978 and in 1983, the Tempo coaches were converted from 575V to 480V so they could be hauled by VIA LRC and Amtrak F40 locomotives, usually on the International between Toronto and Chicago. In 1987 most of the passenger cars were sold to the Rio Grande Ski Train. In 2009 the Tempo was sold back to CN for use on the Algoma Central and the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. The Tempo is still in service today, 50 years later.
The Tempo coaches were built by Hawker-Siddeley and were the first aluminum, head end power (HEP) equipped passenger cars in the national fleet. CN rebuilt six RS-18 locomotives, increasing the length of the short hood to install a Cummins diesel generator which provided HEP for the coaches. This new “MRE-18g” class of locomotives received a striking orange and white paint scheme.
The Rapido HO Scale Tempo box set features:
•One RS-18 MRE-18g Tempo locomotive (ESU DC/DCC Sound Fitted)
•One Tempo Coach Car
•One Tempo Club Car
•One Tempo Cafe-Bar-Lounge Car
•Two commemorative Tempo tumblers
•100 commemorative Tempo cocktail napkins
•Tempo 50th Anniversary Photo Book
Each HO Scale Tempo RS-18 model features:
•Correct hood and roof profiles 3D scanned from the prototype
•Extended short hood complete with HEP equipment on the roof
•Incredible underframe detail including traction motor cables and other piping
•Rapido’s innovative dead straight metal side handrails with plastic stanchions
•Operating number boards, headlights and green and white class lights and cab control stand lighting
•Separate grab irons and wire handrails installed at the factory
•Highly detailed illuminated cab control stand. Yes, we said illuminated!
•Heavy, die-cast chassis and full, multi-colour/color interior
•Rapido’s proven 5-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth drive
•Accurate sounds recorded from a real Alco 251B prime mover
•Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers mounted at the correct height
Each HO Scale Tempo passenger car features:
•Scaled from blueprints and field measurements
•Full, multi-colour interior with individually-installed seats
•Complete underbody with separate piping and conduit
•Free-rolling, ball-bearing wheelsets
•Track-powered interior lighting and working marker lights
•Etched-metal end gates
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