Offering better reliability and lower maintenance costs than the higher powered SD-45, EMD's SD40-2 enjoyed a long production run of 3,100 units. The 3,000 horsepower diesel was the primary motive power for many railroads throughout the 1970's and 80's.
One of the most striking features of the EMD workhorse was its long "back porch" or decking that extended in front and behind the locomotive's cab. These porches differentiated the SD40-2 from its earlier cousin, the SD35 and were the result of the SD40-2's requirement for a longer frame, which helped increase the locomotive's tractive effort.
As one of the most popular road engines for EMD, the SD40-2 has been well represented in the O Gauge marketplace in the past. M.T.H.'s Premier Line SD40-2 offers the user more features and value than any other model. Fully equipped with Proto-Soundr 3.0, operating smoke, Proto-Speed ControlT and incredible details ensure that this engine operates as well as it looks.
Did You Know? Introduced on January 1, 1972, the SD40-2 had become the best-selling 6-axle road switcher in history by December 31, 1978.