Welcome, follow along with George Dutka in his journal which documents the additions and future thoughts for the HO scale White River Division model railroad and to his continuing historical New England railroad research. The White River Division is now in its 17th modeler's season. The "modeler's season" runs from November to April each year. Inspiration comes from the Boston and Maine, Rutland and Central Vermont Railway during the 1950's with additional posts by Don Janes and Peter Mumby.
Thursday 6 January 2022
Throwback Thursday - MLW FPA-4
Christmas Day of 1988 finds FPA-4 number 6783 at the head end of train 73 at London, Ontario.
by Peter Mumby
the years, a number of railway enthusiasts have opined that the Alco PA
was the most attractive North American diesel of all time. I
personally never encountered a PA, so a related locomotive, the MLW
FPA-4, would be at the top of my list. A model constructed only for CN,
thirty-four such passenger units (numbered 6760-6793) were assembled in
Montreal during 1958 and 1959. Most were conveyed to Via in the late
1970s and operated until they were retired between 1987 and 1989. Unit
number 6783, the subject of today's photo, belonged to class MPA-18b.