HO Scale: EMD SD45-2 - DCC Ready - Conrail

Athearn Genesis

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Athearn Genesis HO Scale: EMD SD45-2 - DCC Ready - Conrail


  • All-new LED lighting

  • Rubber MU hoses for durability

  • Models equipped with DCC+Sound will have the new 645E3 20-cylinder prime mover recording by SoundTraxx

The effort continues to enhance Athearn Genesis models per customer requests and feedback. There has been a lot of activity behind the scenes; we’re excited to include new features often requested, to the SD45-2 and upcoming Genesis models.


  • Former Erie Lackawanna with Conrail road numbers & reporting marks

  • Cab armrests

  • Mirrors/Windwings per prototype

  • Low profile Fans, dustbin, exhaust, dynamic brake vent

  • Low profile bracket mounted S3LR

  • 5000 gallon fuel tank

  • Hood side vents per prototype


  • Safety tread on walkways

  • Fine-scale handrails for scale appearance

  • Factory applied wire grab irons

  • Windshield wipers

  • See through cab windows

  • Detailed and painted cab interior

  • Sliding side cab windows

  • Metal lift rings

  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run

  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with a 21-pin NEM connector

  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, photographs, and more

  • Accurately painted and printed paint schemes

  • Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers

  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation

  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation

  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow

  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track

  • New LEDs for trouble free operation

  • Bi-directional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains constant

  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power

  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage

  • Minimum radius: 18”

  • Recommended radius: 22”


The SD45-2 was an initial success; it was a complete improvement or upgrade as part of EMD’s “Dash 2” line; it had little to almost absolutely no flaws during the early stages of production and during the model’s official introduction. It was both popular and compatible with the original SD45 as well, with it’s large 20-cylinder engine. The SD45-2 lasted somewhat longer than most SD45 units on various owners roster’s.

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