Rivet Counter HO Scale EMD SD40-2, Conrail

Product Description

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


Road Number Specific ScaleTrains

  • Conrail 6416 and 6437
    • Phase IIb units built in 1977
    • Era represented by paint and detail configuration: Late 1980s – Early 1990s
      • Retrofitted flange lube cabinet
      • EOT telemetry antenna
    • Front EMD low plow with 3rd rail notches
    • Spare knuckles on rear pilot face
    • Tall jacking pads without holes (early)
  • Conrail 6458 and 6482
    • Phase IIc3 units built in 1978
    • Era represented by paint and detail configuration: as-delivered
    • Front and rear EMD low plows
    • Short jacking pads (late)
  • All-new gearbox with new Flexicoil-C truck sideframes
  • Operating front and rear red marker lights
  • Low-profile fan housings
  • Late sub-base doors with lift-off hinges, and bolted battery doors with wide louvers, and Conrail horizontal-split doors on right side
  • Front anticlimber
  • 88” low short hood with wheel handbrake
  • Cab with riveted side window panels
  • Leslie RS3-LR Horn
  • Small Sinclair Excalibur Antenna (communications)
  • Early electrical cabinet “zig-zag” seam
  • Welded ECAFB (late)
  • Early inertial intake grills
  • Standard-range dynamic brake without batten strip
  • Corrugated radiator intake grills
  • See through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • Rear drop step
  • Frame-mounted bell
  • Highly detailed 4,000 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers and gauges
  • Flush-style EFCO
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • 3-hose MU hose clusters
  • Straight uncoupling levers with “loop” handles
  • Notched pilot faces with lifting slots
  • “Short” stepwells
  • Intermediate jacking pads
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with brake plumbing and traction motor and air duct
  • 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
            • 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”



            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
            SXT30958 6416 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound (Preorder) $219.99
            SXT30959 6416 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) (Preorder) $149.99
            SXT30960 6437 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound (Preorder) $219.99
            SXT30961 6437 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) (Preorder) $149.99
            SXT30962 6458 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound (Preorder) $219.99
            SXT30963 6458 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) (Preorder) $149.99
            SXT30964 6482 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound (Preorder) $219.99
            SXT30965 6482 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) (Preorder) $149.99

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