Rivet Counter HO Scale EMD SD40-2, CSX/”S”

Product Description


Road Number Specific ScaleTrains 

  • CSXT 8246
    • Ex-B&O 7604, built January 1977, serial number 767033-5
    • Era represented by configuration: 1987 to early 1990s
    • Chessie front and rear "rock plows"
    • Red-painted T-8601 test batteries
    • Faded correctly-worded trust plates
    • Correct late 1980s CSX stickers and stenciling
    • Grey drop step sides
  • CSXT 8256
    • Ex-B&O 7614, built February 1977, serial number 767033-15
    • Era represented by configuration: Early 1990s
    • Removed rock plows on both pilots
    • Removed trust plates, exposing Chessie vermillion paint on sill
    • Correct late 1980s and early 1990s CSX stickers and stenciling
    • “100% Q-SHOP” cab stickers – first time recreated in any scale
    • Ubiquitous “USA-1” unofficial lettering on cab
    • Cumberland, MD 1990 handbrake inspection stencil
    • Yellow drop step sides
  • Phase IIa2 units. EMD Order 767033, built January/February 1977, B&O 7600-7619
  • Operating LED front and rear tricolor class lights
  • Units repainted into CSX Transportation’s first official widespread paint scheme in 1987
  • Paint matched to actual CSX paint formulations
  • Paint data stencil on cab rear, fireman’s side
  • Both units originally retained their “B&O” reporting marks before “CSXT” filing was completed with the AAR/STB
  • Huntington Locomotive Shop’s “Worked With Pride” stickers located on cab stepwell guards – first time recreated in any scale
  • “Faded” builder’s plates
  • Chessie “mailslot” battery box doors
  • Side-mounted steel bell behind the dynamic brake on the engineer’s side
  • Front and rear "step-down" drop steps
  • Retrofitted EOT antenna mounted over original radio “whip” base
  • Relocated radio “whip” antenna to number board housing
  • "Tall" stepwells with see-through steps
  • 88” low short hood with wheel handbrake
  • Low short hood vent and extended “latch grab” on engineer’s side
  • Late cab sub-base doors with lift-off hinges
  • Cab with bolted side window panels, sunshades, and short sunshade tracks
  • Forward cab side vent on fireman’s side
  • Original Nathan AirChime K5LA Horn
  • Early electrical cabinet "zig-zag" seam
  • Welded ECAFB (late)
  • Intermediate inertial air intake grills with top drip rail
  • Standard-range dynamic brakes with batten strip
  • “Corrugated” radiator intake grilles
  • See-through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • Curved radiator fan grab iron
  • Straight uncoupling levers with loop handles
  • 3-hose MU hose clusters with silver gladhands
  • CSX-added spare knuckle brackets on rear pilot
  • Notched pilot faces
  • Tall jacking pads without holes (intermediate)
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • Flush-mount EFCO
  • Salem air filter (accordion style)
  • Highly detailed 4,000 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers and gauges
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with Hyatt bearing caps, late center axle snubbers, sanding lines and brackets, and D-77 traction motor and air duct details 
    Rivet Counter SD40-2 Locomotive Features
            • Fully-assembled
            • Multiple road numbers
            • Printed and LED lighted number boards
            • Dimensionally accurate truck centers
            • Sectioned treadplate detail on the walkways
            • Underbody frame rail with separate plumbing and traction motor cables
            • Accurate hood door and long hood detail
            • Accurately profiled dynamic brake housings 
            • See-through dynamic brake intakes with resistor grid detail
            • Detailed cab interior with separate floor, rear wall, seats, and standard AAR control stand
            • Sliding cab windows
            • Factory-applied wire grab irons, wire lift rings, windshield wipers, snowplows, horns, coupler cut levers, trainline hoses with silver gladhands, sand hatch covers, and much more
            • Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with ScaleTrains.com durable metal semi-scale E Type knuckle couplers
            • Directional LED headlights
            • All-wheel drive
            • All-wheel electrical pick-up
            • Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature
            • Dual flywheels
            • Printing and lettering legible even under magnification
            • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors whenever possible
            • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
            • Packaging safely stores model
            • Minimum radius: 18”
            • Recommended radius: 22”  
            • DCC & sound equipped locomotives also feature
              • ESU v5 DCC & Sound decoder with “Full Throttle”
              • Dual cube-type speakers
              • ESU designed PowerPack with two super capacitors
              • Operates on both DC and DCC layouts*
            • DC/DCC & sound ready locomotives also feature
              • Operate using a DC power pack
              • DCC ready with 21-pin connector

            * some sound and lighting function on DCC & sound equipped models are not operable using DC



            In January 1972, Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors would build the first production models of a locomotive design that would prove to be legendary: the SD40-2.  The flagship of the “Dash-2” series of 1972, the SD40-2 would build upon the lessons learned from its predecessor, the SD40.  While the sixteen-cylinder 645E3 turbocharged prime mover remained the same from its SD40 cousin, the SD40-2 boasted a modular, solid-state electrical system, which featured removable “cards” in place of troublesome relays in its high-voltage cabinet, greatly simplifying electrical troubleshooting and repairs. 

            Externally, the biggest change was the use of the new HT-C three-axle truck in place of the Flexi-coil C of the SD40.  The new truck promised greater adhesion, and was longer than the Flexi-coil C, necessitating an increase of the length of the SD40-2s frame to an overall length of 68’, 10” over the couplers.  This also had the effect of giving the SD40-2 its characteristic long walkway “porches” at each end.  Other small external improvements, such as longer battery box compartments, rear overhang on the cab roof, and drip rail over the front cab door, added to the list of external differences between it and the SD40. 

            Domestic production of the SD40-2 continued until July 1984 making it one of EMD’s most popular locomotives of all time.  Many remain in service today, both with original owners as well as secondhand operators.  Within the last five years, Norfolk Southern and CSX have rebuilt hundreds of SD40-2s to extend their operating life.  This will ensure this venerable locomotive’s presence on U.S. rails for decades to come.

            DCC Ready – Operates on DC

            Retail: $199.99

            Our selling price: $159.99 

            DCC & Sound Factory Installed

            Retail: $309.99

            Our selling price: $249.99

            SKU Road Number & Sound Option Price Quantity
            SXT31256 8246 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $249.99
            SXT31257 8246 / DCC & Sound Ready $159.99 Sold Out
            SXT31258 8256 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $249.99
            SXT31259 8256 / DCC & Sound Ready $159.99 Sold Out

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