HO RTR SD40-2, Ferromex/New Scheme #3123

Detailed Information

PROTOTYPE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

The SD40-2 was introduced in January 1972 as part of EMD’s Dash 2 series, responding to competing products from GE and ALCO. Reliability and versatility of the 3,000-horsepower SD40-2 made it the best-selling model in EMD’s history and the standard of the industry for several decades after its introduction. The SD40-2 was an improvement over the SD40, with modular electronic control systems similar to those of the experimental SD45X and DDA40X. The last SD40-2 delivered to a United States railroad was built in July 1984, with production continuing for railroads in Canada until 1988. Standard on all models are Athearn’s superior paint colors, reliable RTR drive and LED lighting for years of trouble-free operation.

SD40-2 SERIES LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Fully assembled and ready-to-run
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • Separately applied air tanks
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Rubber MU hoses
  • Photo-etched stainless steel windshield wipers
  • Fine scale handrails molded in engineering plastic
  • DCC-ready Non-sound version features 21-pin NEM DCC plug
  • See-through dynamic brake and radiator fans
  • Exhaust stack
  • Frame mounted bell (unless noted)
  • Detailed 4000 gallon fuel tank (unless different capacity is noted)
  • HTC or Flexicoil-C trucks (per prototype)
  • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body featuring new tooling
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • See-through cab windows
  • Bi-directional LED lighting
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • 5-pole motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Window packaging for easy viewing
  • Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”
  • Former UP units, Q Fans, late exhaust with silencer, cab air conditioner, etched cab mirrors, MU hose pockets on rear pilots

SOUND EQUPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE

  • Onboard, full feature Econmai sound decoder by Soundtraxx
  • Dual cube speakers for optimal sound quality
  • Engine startup sound sequence
  • Dynamic brake sound or Non-Dynamic Straight to idle on F4
  • Extra prime mover and horn sounds exclusive to Athearn spec decoder
  • Multiple bell sound files user configurable via Configuration Value (CV)
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Excellent Slow speed control
  • Current Keeper ready with on board expansion plug
  • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via CV changes

Ferromex SD40-2 FEATURES:

  • Operating front ditch lights
  • Early production body details: chicken-wire grills, no anticlimbers, early ECAFB, 81” nose
  • 3 units in former NdeM blue and orange scheme with Ferromex road numbers
  • 3 units in latest Ferromex grey and red scheme
  • Not all units have been repainted and both paint schemes are found operating together