This is a significant
announcement from Athearn. The SD40-2 is the most popular
locomotive ever manufactured with 3,131 made through December
31, 1986. The SD40-2 was the first Athearn model locomotive that
was done with a scale width hood which was ground breaking at the
time. However, time marches on and it was time to upgrade this
model. Athearn has really stepped up to the task. What has
A totally new frame
allowing for plastic fuel tanks with correct fuel tank dimensions
for specific railroads (see the MILW Bi-Centennial), individual air
tanks and additional detail.
correct short nose lengths (81", 88", 116" &
correct dynamic brake blisters - including extended range dynamisc
correct head and tail lights for most versions.
New see through
radiator and dynamic brake fan housings fans with more
prototypically accurate cab.
Removal of the
cast-on grab irons replaced with scale wire grabs.
And many other
details - see the above information.
using individual low voltage microbulbs.
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