Available Items

80-2092-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Pennsylvania

80-2093-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Pennsylvania

80-2095-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Reading

80-2096-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Reading

80-2098-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Lehigh Valley

80-2099-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Lehigh Valley

80-2101-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Great Northern

80-2103-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Union Pacific

80-2104-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Union Pacific

80-2200-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • SOO Line

80-2201-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A Unit With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • SOO Line

80-2203-1

HO Scale MTH HO Alco FA-1 A/B Set With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • New Haven

Check Out The Details And See It In Action: The HO Alco FA-1 Diesel

February 26, 2014 - M.T.H.'s HO Alco FA-1 Diesel locomotive has begun shipping in Pennsylvania livery with additional roadnames slated to deliver over the next two months. Check out the locomotive's details by clicking on the video icon to the left and see the locomotive in action.

The American Locomotive Company, one of the nation's premier steam locomotive builders, joined forces with Schenectady, New York neighbor General Electric to build the first standardized diesel-electric locomotives in the 1920s. But when the diesel revolution began in earnest after World War II, dependability problems with Alco's model 244 prime mover doomed the company to forever playing second fiddle to industry leader EMD.

The brawny good looks of Alco's FA and PA cab units, however, have endeared them to railfans and modelers for more than half a century. Designed to compete with EMD's FT four axel freight locomotive, the FA-1 contained many of the same design elements but used a new 12-cylinder 244 engine. With its distinctive flatnose cab and ribbed grille enclosed headlight, the FA-2's were considered by many rail fans to be more handsome and powerful looking then its F-3 and F-7 competitors. By pairing up with General Electric in the 1920's Alco inevitably condemned itself to ride on the coattails of EMD's F-series line.

Built by Alco and EMD in New York between 1946 and 1959, the FA-1 was designed primarily to haul freight, as they did not have the space at the rear of the engine compartment to accommodate a passenger-service steam generator. Externally as well as mechanically the FA-1, designed by Ray Patten, appeared very similar to the ALCO PA models built around the same time period. Distinguishable from the FA-2, the FA-1's shutters were at the far end of the carboydy, this was later changed to accommodate the steam generator that would be placed behind the radiator.

M.T.H. is proud to present the HO FA-1 in the unmistakable colors of Great Northern, Baltimore & Ohio, Union Pacific, Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley. These streamlined diesels will bring beauty and power to any HO layout. Each Alco FA-1 AB diesel set includes one twin-motored A unit and twin-motored B unit. The A unit has full directional lighting and both the A and B units feature 2 Scale Operating Kadee Compatible Coupler. Like all HO diesel locomotives, the set is equipped with the legendary power and performance of Proto-Sound 3.0.

product features

  • Directionally Controlled Headlights
  • Intricately Detailed ABS Bodies
  • 1:87 Scale Proportions
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • (1) Scale Operating Kadee Compatible Coupler
  • (1) Operating Kadee Compatible Remote Controlled Proto-Coupler
  • Detailed Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Powerful 12-Volt 5-Pole Skew-Wound Precision Flywheel Equipped Motor
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Lighted Cab Interior
  • Illuminated Number Boards
  • Lighted Marker Lights
  • (2) Engineer Cab Figures
  • Moveable Spinning Roof Fan Blades
  • On-Board DCC Receiver
  • Operates On Code 70, 83, & 100 Rail Curves
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures:14” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/16"
  • Operates On 18" Radius Curves