HO Alco PA-1 Diesel
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July 20, 2011 - M.T.H.'s HO Alco PA-1 Diesel locomotive will begin shipping in Southern Pacific Daylight livery this August. Check out the locomotive's details in the photos below or by clicking on the video icon to the left to see it in action.

The PA was Alco’s glamour girl. While Electro-Motive’s E-units easily outsold Alco’s passenger engine, the PA is widely regarded as the most beautiful first-generation diesel ….. period. Perhaps no other locomotive looked so right at the head of the streamlined trains of the late forties and fifties that were the last hurrah of American long-distance passenger service.

The 294 PA’s and cabless PB’s built between 1946 and 1953 powered some of America’s most famous name trains, from the Southern Pacific’s Daylight to the Pennsylvania’s Broadway Limited. In recognition of its beauty, some fans refer to the PA as an “honorary steam locomotive.”

The muscular PA profile and its elegant nose, with the characteristic grille around the headlight, were designed by Ray Patten, General Electric’s head of industrial design. At the time, GE and Alco were partners in the locomotive business, with GE making the electrical equipment for all Alco diesels. Patten’s design was described as “a locomotive so distinctive and so powerful looking that it actually helps railroads sell their services to passengers and shippers.” While Alco would later fall by the wayside, GE went on to become America’s largest locomotive builder by the early 1990’s.

Under the hood of the PA beat a 16-cylinder model 244 prime mover that developed 2000 hp. Depending on their gearing, PA’s could hustle a passenger consist along at up to 100 mph.

Long after all other PA’s had gone to scrap, four restored ex-Santa Fe units remained in service on the Delaware & Hudson into the late 1970’s. Sold to the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico (FNM) in 1978, most of the units eventually deteriorated to junk status, although one remained operational.

Recreate the excitement of first-class passenger travel in the middle of the last century, with these Alco PA locomotives and matching passenger sets. Our ProtoSound 3.0 sound and control system brings you the authentic sounds of an Alco prime mover and station announcements for name trains of the 1940s and ‘50s — along with the ability to start your train so gently you won’t spill the water in the diner and then accelerate up to scale speeds of over 100 mph, just like the prototype.

Appearing for the first time in the M.T.H. HO product line, this scale recreation is sure to look just as stunning as the original. With prototypical rule 17 lighting and remotely controlled operating couplers, this locomotive is certain to make a realistic addition to any collection.

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80-2050-1 Alco PA A Unit ♦ Southern Pacific ♦ Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Southern Pacific ...
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80-2051-1 Alco PA B Unit ♦ Southern Pacific ♦ Alco PA B Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Southern Pacific ...
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80-2077-1 Alco PA A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Denver Rio Grande ♦ Alco PA A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Denver Rio ...
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80-2078-1 Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Denver Rio Grande ♦ Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Denver Rio ...
80-2078-0 Alco PA A Unit (DCC Ready) ♦ Denver Rio Grande ♦ Alco PA A Unit (DCC Ready) - Denver Rio Grande ...

80-2079-1 Alco PA B Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Denver Rio Grande ♦ Alco PA B Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Denver Rio ...
80-2079-0 Alco PA B Unit (DCC Ready) ♦ Denver Rio Grande ♦ Alco PA B Unit (DCC Ready) - Denver Rio Grande ...

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80-2081-1 Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Santa Fe ♦ Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Santa Fe Cab ...
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80-2082-1 Alco PA B Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Santa Fe ♦ Alco PA B Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Santa Fe Cab ...
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80-2084-1 Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ New Haven ♦ Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - New Haven Cab ...
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80-2086-1 Alco PA AA Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Erie ♦ Alco PA AA Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Erie A Unit ...
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80-2087-1 Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Erie ♦ Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Erie Cab No. ...
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80-2089-1 Alco PA AA Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Delaware & Hudson ♦ Alco PA AA Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Delaware & ...
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80-2090-1 Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 ♦ Delaware & Hudson ♦ Alco PA A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0 - Delaware & ...
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