Manny Jacob's 6417, 6429, 6442 and 6453, circa 1989.

At long last, I am pleased to announce the completion of four VIA F40PH-2s that started life as Kato Amtrak models. I actually started out with a Walthers F40PH but after seeing how cheaply made the model was after attempting a kitbash, I decided to go with the quality drive and engineering of the Kato engine. I have not regretted that choice. I started these models in early 2010, around the same time we started to develop our fret detailing kits which made completion of these models possible. It has taken nearly three years and while my modelling is far from being perfect (as you will notice in these images) I am still sufficiently pleased with the results to share them here. As always, I am pleased to answer any questions about the buildups and would encourage you to peruse this website to download copies of the documents and web pages I wrote while building these units. I hope this inspires you to try your hand at your own model of VIA's common F40PH-2!

© updated 5-19-14

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