Early Rapido F unit

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Ray Marinaccio, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    This is an old rapido F unit I rebuilt for the Maricopa Express Youth Railway.
    I'm amazed how well it runs seeing how crude the mechanizm is.

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  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    The crude drive. Only 4 wheel drive.

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  3. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Here's another one I repaired for the M.E.Y.R. . It's a brass Hallmark M-190. I hope they have the other half.

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    Ray:
    The giveaways about how old the F unit is are the 4 wheel drive and the pin on the front coupler.
    The Pin was to connect with something else, but I'm not sure what.
    Some early N gauge units had a rigid 2 axle frame with pivoting 1 axle trucks, with the truck frames coming back over the rigid drive axles, making the unit a 2-4-2.
    I though it was only switchers, but it looks as if the F unit has it too.
  5. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    David,
    I am rebuilding one of the Rapido Baldwin switchers too. They use the same chassis, the only difference is the front weight. In fact the chassis shown is from the switcher. I had to strip its shell of a nasty paint job.
    These locos can really move. I'll bet a race with an Athearn Hustler would be a close match.
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    Your on! Oh, wait, I forgot I geared my hustler down. Now it creeps :(