Refurb. Rivet Counter HO Scale EMD SD40-2, Norfolk & Western

Product Description
This product is refurbished and the price reflects a 10% savings from our regular selling price. Some models have minor cosmetic blemishes, which are sold as is on the blemishes or possible damaged packaging. All models are mechanically sound and the warranty is still applicable.

The Rivet Counter HO Scale SD40-2 is the definitive model of this popular locomotive.


Road Number Specific ScaleTrains

  • Era represented by configuration: Mid-1970s – Late 1980s
  • Phase Ib1 units built in February-May 1975
  • Large “NW” hood lettering
  • First time in HO: Detailed HT-C trucks with brake plumbing, traction motor and air duct, and triple-clasp brakes
  • Operating tri-color (red, white, and green) class lights
  • Set-up for long hood forward operation including dual control stands, horn, and bell
  • Bell on long hood end
  • All-weather window on engineer’s side, standard sunshade on fireman’s side
  • Standard sunshade on fireman’s side
  • Front and rear step-down drop steps
  • 81” Low Short Hood with handbrake and straight chain guard
  • Early sub-base doors with stiffener rib
  • Bolted battery doors with small louvers
  • Cab with riveted side window panels
  • Cab mirrors mounted fore and aft on both sides
  • Fireman’s side forward cab vent
  • Motorola ASP-16 “Firecracker” antenna on cab roof
  • Leslie RS-5T-R Horn
  • Early electrical cabinet “zig-zag” seam
  • Stand-off ECAFB (early)
  • Intermediate inertial intake grills
  • Standard-range dynamic brake without batten strip
  • “Chicken-wire” radiator intake grills
  • See through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • ACI labels
  • Frame-mounted bell
  • Flush-style EFCO
  • Highly detailed 4,000 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers and gauges
  • 3-hose MU hose clusters
  • MU hose catch trays front and rear
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • Straight uncoupling levers with “loop” handles
  • Notched pilot faces with lifting slots
  • “Short” stepwells
  • Intermediate jacking pads
  • Early center axle snubbers
DCC & sound equipped locomotives also feature
    • ESU V4.0 “Full Throttle” decoder
    • Dual cube-type speakers
    • ESU designed PowerPack with two super capacitors
    • Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
      DCC & sound ready (DC) locomotives also feature
        • DCC ready with 21-pin connector


                Rivet Counter SD40-2 Locomotive Features

                • All-new model
                • Fully assembled
                • Four (4) different road numbers
                • Dimensionally accurate truck centers
                • Underbody frame rail with separate plumbing and traction motor cables
                • Sectioned treadplate detail on the walkways
                • Detailed cab interior with front and rear walls, crew seats, and standard AAR control stand unless noted
                • Sliding side cab windows
                • Accurate hood door and long hood detail
                • Accurately profiled dynamic brake housings 
                • See-through dynamic brake intakes with resistor grid detail
                • Factory-applied wire grab irons, wire lift rings, windshield wipers, snowplows, horns, coupler cut levers, trainline hoses, and sand filler hatch covers
                • Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with durable metal semi-scale E Type knuckle couplers
                • Directional LED headlights
                • LED lighted number boards
                • All-wheel drive
                • All-wheel electrical pick-up
                • Dual flywheel
                • Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature.
                • 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”


                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: $149.99


                DCC & Sound Factory Installed
                Retail: $299.99
                Our selling price: $219.99
                SKU Road Number & Sound Option Price Quantity
                SXT30717REF 6074 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $198.00
                SXT30718REF 6074 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $135.00 Sold Out
                SXT30719REF 6093 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $198.00
                SXT30720REF 6093 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $135.00 Sold Out
                SXT30721REF 6107 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $198.00 Sold Out
                SXT30722REF 6107 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $135.00 Sold Out
                SXT30723REF 6134 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $198.00 Sold Out
                SXT30724REF 6134 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $135.00 Sold Out