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(ALP 45D Locomotive)

(Cab Car)


(Trailer w/Toilet)

("100th ALP Edition" Logo)


ALP-45DP Prototype: (Click heading to expand and contract)

The ALP-45DP is a “dual mode” locomotive, capable of drawing power from either overhead electrical wires or its own pair of 12-cylinder Caterpillar diesel engines. These flexible locomotives were designed to provide a one-seat commute from NJ TRANSIT’s various diesel-only lines into the electrified territory that leads to New York City’s Penn Station. This fulfills the requirement of not operating diesels through the North River Tunnels and within the subterranean Penn Station complex.  Produced by Bombardier Transportation in Kassel, Germany, the first ALP-45DP locomotive entered service on NJ TRANSIT on May 30, 2012. 

NJ TRANSIT’s 35 ALP-45DP locomotives are commonly seen on commuter trains traversing the Morristown Line, Montclair-Boonton Line, Raritan Valley Line, and North Jersey Coast Line. These lines do not have overhead electrical wires for their entire length, necessitating a change of power source somewhere en-route. Previously, locomotives or entire trainsets would have to be changed, inconveniencing riders. The ALP-45DP alleviates this need, performing the switch from diesel to electric power (or vice versa) in just under two minutes during a routine station stop.

Multi-level Cab Car Prototype:

Concurrent with its purchase of ALP-45DP locomotives, NJ TRANSIT also purchased 62 multi-level cab cars from Bombardier Transportation. These cab cars are used on the opposite end of the train from the ALP-45DP locomotive to facilitate “push-pull” operations, where the engineer in the cab car can control the locomotive pushing from the other end of the train. A cab car provides an engineer with all of the same controls as a locomotive cab, allowing the train to reverse direction without turning around. Cab cars also include all standard locomotive safety features, such as a horn and bell.

The multi-levels’ fixed 2-2 seating arrangement provides ample legroom and maximizes passenger comfort while increasing capacity. All of NJ TRANSIT’s cab cars also include toilets. NJ TRANSIT’s multi-level cab cars have a capacity of 127 commuters (approximately 17% more than its single-level counterpart, the Comet V). These cars routinely operate over most routes on both the Hoboken and Newark Divisions of NJ TRANSIT, carrying over 300,000 commuters daily to and from destinations all over New Jersey and into New York’s busy Penn Station.

Multi-level Trailer Coach Prototype:

In addition to its multi-level cab cars, NJ TRANSIT operates an additional 367 multi-level trailer coaches without cabs. Ninety-nine of these cars include a toilet and have a passenger seating capacity of 132 commuters. The remaining 268 trailer cars do not have a toilet, and feature seating for 142 passengers. The multi-level trailer cars are always operated in matching sets (with a multi-level cab car on one end and a locomotive on the other), and these cars carry commuters over 2.2 billion miles every year.

Approximately 20 multi-level trailer cars on NJ TRANSIT are adorned with one of four vinyl wraps promoting railroad safety. These models feature crisp lettering and designs created directly from the prototype’s original artwork.

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ALP-45DP Silver MSRP: $169.95
Multi-level Cab Car MSRP: $99.95
Multi-level Trailer MSRP: $84.95
Multi-level Trailer (Safety Slogan) MSRP: $89.95
Modern Commuter Cab & Trailer
3-Pack MSRP:
Modern Commuter Train Set MSRP: $354.85
Estimated Delivery:
2nd Quarter 2018
ALP-45DP Features:
  • Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
  • Illuminated directional LED headlight/ditchlights and red marker lights
  • Pantograph (non-functioning) can be positioned up or down
  • Five pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
  • Factory-applied railings, air horn, and antenna details
  • Grab irons packed separately for customer application (includes drilling template)
  • Equipped with Kadee® metal couplers

Silver version includes:

  • 21-pin socket for DCC (decoder ready)
  • Available space for speaker

Gold version includes:

  • ESU LokSound decoder, supporting all DCC programming modes
  • Flexible mapping of function keys F0 to F28
  • A total of six DCC function outputs
  • Follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices
Multi-level Cab Car Features:
  • Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
  • Illuminated directional LED headlight/ditchlights and red marker lights
  • Interior includes seat details and LED illumination
  • 21-pin plug for DCC (first HO scale cab car model to include this feature!)
  • Provision for mounting a speaker
  • Separately applied air horn, antenna, lift lugs, end barriers, and rubber diaphragms
  • Free-rolling metal wheels
  • Equipped with Kadee® metal couplers
Multi-level Trailer Cars Features:
  • Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
  • Interior includes seat details and LED illumination
  • Separately applied lift lugs, end barriers, and rubber diaphragms
  • Free-rolling metal wheels
  • Equipped with Kadee® metal couplers

Kadee® is a registered trademark of Kadee Quality Products Co. ownership.

22" or higher track radius is required to run these cars.

Silver Item# Road Name Road Number Gold Item#
HO ALP-45DP Locomotive
10 002 821 NJ Transit 4509 10 002 849
10 002 822 NJ Transit 4512 10 002 850
10 002 823 NJ Transit 4518 10 002 851
10 002 824 NJ Transit "100th ALP Edition" 4534
10 002 852
Item# Road Name Road Number
HO Multi-level Cab Car
20 004 805 NJ TRANSIT 7005
20 004 806 NJ TRANSIT 7019
20 004 807 NJ TRANSIT 7027
20 004 808 NJ TRANSIT 7058
HO Multi-level Trailer (w/Toilet)
20 004 809 NJ TRANSIT 7200
20 004 810 NJ TRANSIT 7212
20 004 811 NJ TRANSIT 7222
20 004 812 NJ TRANSIT 7266
HO Multi-level Trailer
20 004 813 NJ TRANSIT 7514
20 004 814 NJ TRANSIT 7529
20 004 815 NJ TRANSIT 7533
20 004 816 NJ TRANSIT 7542
20 004 817 NJ TRANSIT 7569
20 004 818 NJ TRANSIT 7575
20 004 819 NJ TRANSIT 7588
20 004 820 NJ TRANSIT 7596
20 004 821 NJ TRANSIT 7603
20 004 822 NJ TRANSIT 7619
20 004 823 NJ TRANSIT 7666
20 004 824 NJ TRANSIT 7673
HO Multi-level Trailer - Safety Slogan
20 004 825 NJ TRANSIT "Cruise Control" 7756
20 004 826 NJ TRANSIT "Scenic Route" 7593
20 004 827 NJ TRANSIT "Power Steering" 7559
20 004 828 NJ TRANSIT "Hands Free"(Trailer w/Toilet) 7276
HO Modern Commuter Cab Car & Trailer 3-Pack
20 004 829 NJ TRANSIT
(Cab Car 7009, Trailer 7545, Trailer w/Toilet 7207)
HO Modern Commuter Train Set
80 000 004  NJ TRANSIT
(ALP-45DP Loco 4520, Cab Car 7047, Trailer 7553)

Products bearing NJ TRANSIT marks are made under a trademark license from NJ TRANSIT.


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