Rivet Counter HO Scale EMD SD40-2, Milwaukee Road

Product Description

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

 

Road Number Specific ScaleTrains

The SD40-2 would prove to be one of the most important locomotive types on the Milwaukee Road, especially in its later years. These reliable machines were visually distinctive thanks to the shorter 3,200-gallon fuel tank Milwaukee specified. We are pleased to offer the definitive Milwaukee Road SD40-2 including units in the relatively short-lived 3000-number series. To the best of our knowledge, the 3000-number series has never been offered on a plastic SD40-2.

 

  • Milwaukee 172
    • Phase 1a1
    • Built in July 1973
    • From series MILW 171-181
    • Part of a group of units based from Bensenville, IL and assigned to joint service on the Southern Pacific in the early 1980s
  • Milwaukee 176
    • Phase 1a1
    • Built in July 1973
    • From series MILW 171-181
    • Part of a group of units based from St. Paul, MN equipped with additional ballast for joint coal train service with Burlington Northern
  • Era represented: Late 1970s–1985
  • Operating Prime PM-8901 Stratolite beacon (late 1970s retrofit)
  • Operating flush mount tri-color class lights
  • Bell mounted on left side of hood, behind cab (late 1970s retrofit)
  • “Notched” pilot faces with round lifting lugs (late 1970s retrofit)
  • Uncoupling levers with “loop” handles (late 1970s retrofit)
  • Front EMD-style low pilot plow without MU hose doors
  • Rear EMD-style “weedcutter” low plow
  • No drop steps
  • “Solid” end handrails (solid rail, no safety chain)
  • 81” low short hood with ratchet brake and angled chain guard
  • Sub-base doors with early hinges and bolted battery doors with small louvers
  • Cab with riveted side window panels and no sunshade tracks
  • All-weather window on engineer’s cab side
  • Leslie RS3-LR Horn
  • Stand-off ECAFB (early)
  • Early electrical cabinet “zig-zag” seam
  • Early inertial air intake grilles
  • Standard-range dynamic brake housing with batten strip
  • “Chicken-wire” radiator intake grilles
  • See through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • 4-hose MU hose clusters
  • “Tall” stepwells
  • Tall jacking pads with holes (early)
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • Flush EFCO
  • Highly detailed smaller 3,200 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers plus spare knuckles and round inset gauge on right side
  • Angled fuel tank breather pipe
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with brake plumbing and traction motor and air duct
  • Early center axle snubber
  • DCC & sound version includes ESU 4.0 decoder with “Full Throttle”

 

 

  • Milwaukee 3000 and 3020
    • First time this Milwaukee Road SD40-2 number series has been offered on a plastic model
    • Phase 1a1
    • Built in July/August 1972 (MILW 3000-3040)
    • MILW 3000 renumbered to MILW #130 on 7/15/74
    • MILW 3020 renumbered to MILW #150 on 8/1/74
  • While relatively short-lived in this number series, they were the first and largest group of SD40-2s ordered by the Milwaukee, and distinctive by being the only SD40-2s without “billboard” lettering
  • Era represented: as-built, to renumbering to 130-170 series
  • Operating flush mount tri-color class lights
  • Front EMD-style low pilot plow w/o MU hose doors
  • Rear EMD-style “weedcutter” low plow
  • No drop steps
  • “Solid” end handrails (solid rail, no safety chain)
  • 81” low short hood with ratchet brake and angled chain guard
  • Sub-base doors with early hinges and bolted battery doors with small louvers
  • Cab with riveted side window panels and no sunshade tracks
  • All-weather window on engineer’s cab side
  • Leslie RS3-LR Horn
  • Electronic bell on cab roof
  • Stand-off ECAFB (early)
  • Early electrical cabinet “zig-zag” seam
  • Early inertial air intake grilles
  • Standard-range dynamic brake housing with batten strip
  • “Chicken-wire” radiator intake grilles
  • See through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • As-built pilot faces with lifting slots
  • 4-hose MU hose clusters
  • Straight uncoupling levers
  • “Tall” stepwells
  • Tall jacking pads with holes (early)
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • Flush-style EFCO
  • Highly detailed smaller 3,200 gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers plus spare knuckles and round inset gauge on right side
  • Angled fuel tank breather pipe
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with brake plumbing and traction motor and air duct
  • Early center axle snubber
  • DCC & sound version includes ESU-LokSound Select 4.0 decoder with “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
          SXT30478 172 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped $219.99 Sold Out
          SXT30479 172 / DCC & Sound Ready $149.99 Sold Out
          SXT30480 176 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped $219.99 Sold Out
          SXT30481 176 / DCC & Sound Ready (Preorder) $149.99
          SXT30482 3000 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $219.99
          SXT30483 3000 / DCC & Sound Ready (Preorder) $149.99
          SXT30484 3020 / ESU LokSound DCC & Sound Equipped (Preorder) $219.99
          SXT30485 3020 / DCC & Sound Ready $149.99 Sold Out

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