June 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Tempo, a unique Canadian National 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. Concurrent with its anniversary, Rapido Trains brings this unique passenger train to HO Scale for the first time.
The Tempo was all about modern comfort. The 82-seat coaches featured comfortable seating, overhead reading lamps and doors that opened at the touch of a button. If passengers on your HO railroad are feeling hungry they can stroll to the cafe, where microwave ovens prepared piping hot food in just seconds. First class club cars featured ultra-comfortable 2+1 seating and hot meals served at your seat.
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.
This Rapido Tempo LokSound and DCC-equipped train-only set includes:
One Class MRE-18g MLW RS18 Tempo locomotive with extended short hood and HEP details (available only in this set) One Tempo Coach One Tempo Club One Tempo Cafe-Bar-Lounge Two commemorative Tempo tumblers 100 commemorative Tempo cocktail napkins Tempo 50th Anniversary Photo Book