Rivet Counter HO Scale EMD SD40-2, EMD Lease/Blue & White and Bandit

Product Description

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


Road Number Specific ScaleTrains

  • EMDX 6305 (ex-MILW 21) and EMDX 6313 (ex-MILW Road 29)
    • Patched Milwaukee Road “Bandit”
  • EMDX 6312 (ex- MILW Road 28) and EMDX 6347 (ex- MILW Road 174)
    • Blue and White
  • Era represented by configuration: Late 1980s – Mid 1990s
  • Phase Ia1 units built in July 1973
  • Units spent significant time operating as leased power on Burlington Northern and Southern Pacific. Some also spent some time on the Union Pacific
  • Operating Prime PM-8901 rotary beacon on cab roof
  • Operating tri-color (red, white, and green) class lights
  • Highly detailed smaller 3,200 gallon fuel tank with angled breather pipe, fuel fillers and gauges
  • Front EMD-style low pilot plow with MU hose doors
  • Front and rear retrofitted “fixed” drop steps
  • 81” low short hood with ratchet handbrake with angled chain guard
  • Early sub-base doors with early hinges
  • Bolted battery doors with small louvers
  • Cab with riveted side window panels
  • Leslie RS3-LR Horn
  • Small Sinclair Excalibur Antenna (communications)
  • Early electrical cabinet “zig-zag” seam
  • Stand-off ECAFB (early)
  • Early inertial air intake grilles
  • Standard-range dynamic brakes with batten strip
  • “Chicken-wire” radiator intake grilles
  • See through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • 3-hose MU hose clusters
  • Straight uncoupling levers with “loop” handles
  • Notched pilot faces with reinforced lifting holes
  • “Tall” stepwells
  • Tall jacking pads with holes (early)
  • Frame-mounted bell
  • Flush-style EFCO
  • Rear “weedcutter” plows
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with brake plumbing and traction motor and air duct
  • Late 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
          SXT30709 6305 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $219.99
          SXT30710 6305 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $149.99
          SXT30711 6313 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $219.99
          SXT30712 6313 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $149.99
          SXT30713 6312 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $219.99
          SXT30714 6312 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $149.99
          SXT30715 6347 / With ESU LokSound DCC & Sound $219.99
          SXT30716 6347 / DCC & Sound Ready (DC) $149.99

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