Museum Quality HO Scale EMD SDL39, Fepasa (Run 1)
Little locomotive, big features best describes the diminutive SDL39 locomotive. Developed by EMD for the Milwaukee Road in 1969, the 10 SDL39s were designed to service branchlines with light rail and bridges in the upper Midwest. Through mergers and acquisitions, the SDL39s were owned by Soo Line, Wisconsin Central, and eventually Fepasa in Chile.
Our Museum Quality model faithfully captures all of the nuances of this Legendary Locomotive. Be sure to review the “Prototype Details” tab to learn more about the numerous operating LEDs (as many as 30); frog clank and curve squeal sounds; and the railroad, road number, and the era specific details you have come to expect from the Museum Quality line.
OUR SELLING PRICE: $259.99
OUR SELLING PRICE: $349.99
|Item Number||Road Number||Control & Sound Options||Our Selling Price||Availability||ETA Date||Quantity|
|SXT70040||2345||DCC & Sound Equipped||$349.99||Preorder||01/01/2022|
|SXT70042||2349||DCC & Sound Equipped||$349.99||Preorder||01/01/2022|
|SXT70043||2349||DCC/Sound Ready||$259.99||Sold Out||01/01/2022|
Road Number Specific ScaleTrains
- Era: 2000s to 2010s
- Road number 2345
- Large green arrows with small Fepasa logo on front of the nose
- Small Fepasa logo on the end of the long hood
- Black Hyatt bearing caps
- Road number 2349
- Small green arrows with large Fepasa long on the front of the nose
- Large Fepasa logo on the end of the long hood
- Red Hyatt bearing caps
- Variations in logos between units
- Operating front and rear pilot mounted alternating LED ditch lights*
- Operating LED-lit tricolor (red, green, and white) flush-mounted class lights with raised gasket**
- Operating LED-lit cab interior and control stand lights*
- Operating LED-lit front, rear, and fireman’s side walkway lights*
- Operating LED-lit ground lights on both sides of locomotive
- Photoetched metal rock guard screens over all cab windows
- Lost-wax brass Nathan AirChime P-3 three-chime horn mounted to clearance bracket on left side of long hood
- Front and rear pilots with black and silver barricade striping
- Front snowplow removed; rear weed cutter plow
- Front and rear early small deck extension
- Pivoting front and rear drop steps
- Stepwells with see-through steps
- Scale sectioned “late” pattern walkway treadplate
- Latched battery box doors with narrow louvers
- Latched cab sub-base doors with early hinges
- 81” low short hood without cab heater louvers
- Drop grabs and standard nut-bolt-washer (NBW) mounting on nose front and top
- “35-Line” cab with standard front windshields and no cab heater louvers
- Standard EMD high headlight in numberboard housing
- Detailed cab interior with separate floor, rear wall, seats, and standard AAR control stand
- Sliding cab windows
- No mirrors, sunshades, or antenna
- Standard EMD arm rests
- Snow shield brackets removed
- Inertial air intake grilles without drip rails
- Ratchet brake with chain guard
- Small ECAFB
- Early (smooth) blower duct housing
- Separately applied dust bin and exhaust stack
- Non-dynamic brake
- “Chickenwire” radiator grilles
- Standard-height fan housings
- Photoetched concentric ring fan grilles
- Front and rear straight uncoupling levers with loop handles; two inner and two outer mounting brackets
- Handrail set with pilot face mounted outer end rail stanchions and solid railing
- 4-hose MU hose clusters with silver gladhands
- Late deck-mounted MU receptacle
- Pilot face bracing detail behind stepwells
- Underbody frame rail with separate plumbing and traction motor cables
- Standard jacking pads at bolsters; total two (2) per side
- Sill-mount EFCO button
- Salem air filter (accordion style)
- External toilet drain
- 1,200-gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers, single vertical fuel gauges on both tank sides, round fuel gauge on right side, and external waste retention tank on rear
- Detailed light weight EMD C-C export trucks with Hyatt bearing caps and separate brake cylinders, brake lines, and outboard sanding lines
- Speed recorder mounted on the second axle, left side
Museum Quality SDL39 Locomotives Also Feature
- Fully assembled
- Multiple road numbers
- Factory-applied wire grab irons, wire lift rings, windshield wipers, horns, coupler cut levers, trainline hoses with silver gladhands, sand hatch covers, and much more
- Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with durable metal semi-scale Type “E” 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
- Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
- Packaging safely stores model
- Minimum radius: 18”
- DCC & sound equipped locomotives also feature:
- ESU LokSound 5 DCC & Sound decoder with “Full Throttle” feature
- Dual cube-type speakers
- EMD 12-Cylinder 645E3 turbocharged prime mover sounds
- Curve squeal and frog clank sounds*
- ESU designed “PowerPack” with two super capacitors***
- Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
- DC/DCC & sound ready locomotives also feature:
- Operable using a DC power pack
- DCC-ready with 21-pin connector
* These features only function with an ESU DCC decoder installed while operating in DCC
** During DC operation, class lights illuminate in white. Access to other colors and the ability to change colors requires an ESU DCC decoder while operating in DCC
***“PowerPack” feature only compatible with ESU decoders while operating on a DCC layout
When EMD introduced its first road switcher models in 1952, there were two models. The first was the four-axle GP7, where GP was short for General Purpose. The second model was the six-axle SD7 and SD stood for Special Duty.
The first Special Duty handling trains where raw tractive effort was more important than speed. This included working mountain grades, hauling large transfer runs between yards, and heavy loads like iron ore trains. This became the primary usage of the SD series of locomotives for the next twenty years.
The second Special Duty was handling trains on light rail and over bridges with limited capacities. The SD7 could weigh as little as 125 tons, just a bit more than a GP7. Spread over six axles, that gave an axle-loading of 21 tons, much less than the 30 tons typical for GP7s.
Milwaukee Road had a considerable network of branch lines in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North and South Dakota. Many of these branches had light rail and light bridges. Milwaukee purchased 24 SD7s and 14 SD9s plus similar six-axle locomotives from ALCo, Baldwin, and Fairbanks-Morse for those branch lines. By the late-1960s, these locomotives were aging and though mileage was reduced, Milwaukee still had branch lines that needed them. Milwaukee turned to EMD for a solution, the SDL39.
The SDL39 was 55 feet 2 inches long, shorter than a GP38 and weighed just 125 tons. Part of the weight reduction was the 12-cylinder turbocharged 645E diesel which produced 2,300 horsepower with four fewer cylinders than the non-turbocharged 645E engine in the GP38. The SDL39 rode on lightened export trucks and had a 1,700-gallon fuel tank.
The first five SDL39s were built on EMD Order Number 7135 as builder numbers 34272 through 34276 and delivered as Milwaukee Road numbers 581 through 585 in April 1969. The second order, Milwaukee Road numbers 586 through 590, was delivered in November 1972 on EMD order 7345 with builder numbers 7345-1 through 7345-5. All ten were Milwaukee Road class 23-ERS-6 (2,300 horsepower, EMD Road Switcher, 6 axle) and came in the standard orange and black paint scheme without Milwaukee Road lettering. Except for number 581 (which was always unique among the SDL39s), all eventually got the Milwaukee Road lettering.
The two orders differed in several ways. Between the two orders, EMD changed the pilot construction as well as the ECAFB. The first five units had four jacking pads on each side, while the second five had just two. The first order was delivered with snow shields over the air intakes, Prime PM-716 electronic bells, and no winterization hatch. The second order did not have the snow shields and were delivered with winterization hatches, Prime PM-733 electronic bells, and Stratolite rotary beacons.
In the 1970s, the first order lost their snow shields and gained winterization hatches and Stratolite beacons. All of the SDL39s came with all-weather windows on the engineer’s side and eventually lost the electronic bells in favor of standard bells mounted on the hood side just behind the cab.
SDL39 number 581 was wrecked in 1982 and scrapped two years later while the other nine units remained in service.
On February 19, 1985, Milwaukee Road merged into the Soo Line. All nine SDL39s became Soo Line units with at least numbers 582 through 585 getting the Soo “Bandit” paint with black patches covering the Milwaukee lettering and white Soo Line and numbers.
In 1986 and 1987, all nine were sold to the new Wisconsin Central. While working for Wisconsin Central, they would receive full WC paint as well as modifications like retention tanks and ditch lights.
When Canadian National took over WC, all nine were again sold, this time to Ferrocarril Del Pacifico, S.A. in Chile.
Museum Quality HO Scale EMD SDL39, Fepasa (Run 1)