HO SW1500 w/DCC & Sound, Southern Railway #74L

Detailed Information


  • Flexicoil Trucks
  • Firecracker antenna
  • Large fuel tank
  • No MU hoses
  • Long handrails
  • Nathan P-3 horn
  • Removed footboards on both ends

The Southern owned a small group of SW1500s that were acquired from the KIT and carried two-digit numbers. Modifications done by the road included a switch to frame-mounted handrails and the addition of a firecracker antenna. Units 74-76 were often spotted on assignment in Kentucky and Tennessee.


  • Operating ground lights
  • Newly designed can motor is more powerful and quieter than before
  • LED lighting for long life and reliable operation
  • Detailed cab interior
  • Drop steps unless noted
  • MU stands
  • Dual exhaust stacks
  • Printed numberboards
  • Fine scale handrails
  • Signal hoses as appropriate to the prototype road (MU capability was a railroad specified option for these locos, and some railroads did not order it).
  • Front and rear trainline hoses with silver glad hands
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • See-through radiator intake grille and cab windows
  • Low or high mounted windshield wipers per prototype
  • Rectangular or oval builder’s plate where appropriate
  • Separately applied air tank
  • McHenry® scale knuckle couplers - Kadee® compatible
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Improved 5-pole skew wound can motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body
  • Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Minimum radius: 18”


  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Economi sound
  • Single cube speaker for optimal sound quality
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • Some functions are limited in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
  • Excellent low-speed operation
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • CV chart included in the box


An EMD SW1500 is a 4-axle diesel switcher locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between 1966 and 1974. It is similar in appearance to the EMD SW1000 model, which has a different engine and has one exhaust stack while the SW1500 has two.

Power was provided by an EMD 645E 12-cylinder engine which generated 1,500 horsepower. This locomotive was built on the same common frame as the EMD SW1000, giving it an overall length of 44 feet 8 inches.

The SW1500 featured a bulkier carbody and was a bit heavier from earlier models although its intended use remained the same, working light branch lines or in industrial settings. Many railroads regularly used SW1500s for road freight service.


DCC: Equipped
SOUND: Econami
Axles: 4
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Is Assembly Required: No

HO SW1500 w/DCC & Sound, Southern Railway #74L



Due Late March, 2024

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