Rivet Counter HO Scale EMD SD40-2, Chicago & North Western

Product Description

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

 

Road Number Specific ScaleTrains

This SD40-2 locomotive release represents Phase Ia2 units built in 1974 from series C&NW 6816-6865. They represent early-production SD40-2s equipped with 81” low short hoods, “chicken-wire” style radiator intake grilles, and standard 48” radiator fans. These units feature C&NW’s attractive Original Yellow (“OY”) scheme with various railroad, road number, and era specific detail differences outlined below:

  • CNW 6817
    • Mid-1970s – Mid-1980s
    • Operating Federal-Signal #372 rotary beacon
    • Equipped with looped uncoupling levers
    • “Employee Owned” herald on cab
    • Equipped with ATS pickup shoes
    • Sub-base doors with early hinges and bolted battery doors with small louvers
  • CNW 6824
    • Mid-1970s – Mid-1980s
    • Operating Federal-Signal #372 rotary beacon
    • Equipped with looped uncoupling levers
    • “Employee Owned” herald on cab
    • Equipped with ATS pickup shoes
    • Sub-base doors with early hinges and bolted battery doors with small louvers
  • CNW 6847
    • Mid-1980s – Mid-1990s
    • Operating Tomar 804-72 strobe
    • Equipped with round cab roof vent
    • “North Western System” herald on cab
    • Sub-base doors with early hinges and bolted battery doors with small louvers
  • CNW 6854
    • Mid-1980s – Mid-1990s
    • Operating Tomar 804-72 strobe
    • Equipped with round cab roof vent
    • “North Western System” herald on cab
    • Sub-base doors with early hinges and replacement bolted battery doors with small louver pairs and stiffener rib
  • Nose-mounted “gong” bell
  • Operating flush mount tri-color class lights
  • Front EMD-style low pilot plow with MU hose doors
  • Front and rear drop steps
  • 81” low short hood with ratchet handbrake and angled chain guard
  • Cab with riveted side window panels and long sunshade tracks
  • Leslie RS3-LR Horn
  • Large Sinclair Excalibur Antenna (communications)
  • Stand-off ECAFB (early)
  • Early electrical cabinet “zig-zag” seam
  • Early inertial air intake grilles
  • Extended-range dynamic brakes with batten strip
  • “Chicken-wire” radiator intake grilles
  • See through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • Squared pilot faces with reinforced lifting holes
  • 3-hose MU hose clusters
  • Rear MU hose catch tray
  • Angled uncoupling levers with “loop” handles
  • “Tall” stepwells
  • Tall jacking pads with holes (early)
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • Flush-style EFCO
  • Highly detailed 4,000 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers and gauges
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with brake plumbing and traction motor and air duct
  • Early center axle snubber
  • DCC & sound version includes “gong” bell sound included with the ESU 4.0 decoder plus “Full Throttle”

          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
          • 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, and trainline hoses
          • Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with ScaleTrains.com 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”

           

          History

          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, CSX, and Union Pacific 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.

          SKU Road Number & Sound Option Price Quantity
          SXT30462 6817 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $219.99
          SXT30463 6817 / DCC & Sound Ready (Preorder) $149.99
          SXT30464 6824 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $219.99
          SXT30465 6824 / DCC & Sound Ready (Preorder) $149.99
          SXT30466 6847 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $219.99
          SXT30467 6847 / DCC & Sound Ready (Preorder) $149.99
          SXT30468 6854 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $219.99
          SXT30469 6854 / DCC & Sound Ready (Preorder) $149.99

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