HO Scale: Rivet Counter - EMD SD45 - DCC Ready - Chicago & NorthWestern


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ScaleTrains HO Scale: Rivet Counter - EMD SD45 - DCC Ready - Chicago & NorthWestern

With countless railroad, road number, and era specific details, the Rivet Counter HO Scale SD45 is the definitive model of this ground-breaking high horsepower locomotive. First built in 1966, the SD45 served numerous Class I railroads and eventually secondhand owners and shortlines. While no longer used by Class 1 railroads, some SD45s and SD45 carbodies remain in service today with shortlines and regionals.
Chicago & NorthWestern
  • Era: 1970s
  • Series 937-955, built 1/1969 (Phase llb)
  • Series 956-977, built 2/1969 (Phase llb)
  • First time in HO Scale: non-dynamic brake
  • Nose-mounted Western Cullen-Hayes “Gong” Bell
  • Operating LED-lit Federal-Standard #372 Rotary Beacon
  • Operating LED tricolor (red, green, and white) flush-mounted class lights with raised gasket
  • Operating LED-lit ground lights
  • Front EMD-style low pilot snowplow with MU hose doors and grab irons, rear MU hose catch tray
  • Front and rear early small deck extension
  • Pivoting front and rear drop steps
  • “Tall” stepwells with see-through steps and lifting slots
  • “Early” (“X”) pattern walkway treadplate
  • Rectangular walkway lights (non-operating)
  • Latched battery box doors with narrow louvers
  • Latched cab sub-base doors with early hinges
  • 81” low short hood with sandbox cleanout plugs and no handbrake
  • Late drop grabs and standard nut-bolt-washer (NBW) mounting on nose front and top
  • “35-Line” cab with standard front windshields
  • Standard EMD high headlight in numberboard housing
  • Standard EMD sunshades and long sunshade tracks
  • Tall clear wind wings mounted fore and aft of cab side window on both sides of cab
  • Lost-wax brass Leslie RS-3L-R three-chime horn; mounted center rear of number board housing
  • ­­“Whip” antenna mounted on top of numberboard housing
  • Standard electrical cabinet seam and bolted alternator door
  • Small ECAFB
  • Early (smooth) blower duct housing
  • Early inertial air intake grilles without drip rails
  • Rectangular pattern mesh radiator intake grille
  • Photoetched concentric ring grille
  • Winterization hatch over first radiator fan housing
  • Square-corner winterization hatch with lifting tabs
  • Long duct (three short stanchions)
  • Front and rear angled uncoupling levers with loop handles and four inner brackets
  • Handrail set with pilot face mounted outer end rail stanchions
  • 3-hose MU hose clusters with silver gladhands
  • Late deck mounted MU receptacle
  • Tall “zig-zag” pilot face
  • Tall jacking pads with holes
  • Flush-mount EFCO button
  • Salem air filter (accordion style)
  • 4,000-gallon fuel tank with single fuel filler, single vertical fuel gauges, and round fuel gauge on right tank side
  • Detailed Flexicoil (high-mount brake cylinder) trucks with Hyatt bearing caps and sanding lines and brackets
  • Speed recorder second axle, left side
  • ACI labels attached to long hood sides
  • Paint colors matched to Tru-Color Paint: TCP-108 CNW Yellow, TCP-109 CNW Green
Rivet Counter SD45 Locomotives Also Feature:
  • Fully assembled
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Printed and LED-lighted number boards
  • Scale sectioned walkway treadplate
  • Underbody frame rail with separate plumbing and traction motor cables
  • Accurate hood door and long hood details
  • Inertial air intake grilles without drip rails
  • Separately applied dust bin and exhaust stack
  • Accurately profiled dynamic brake housings
  • See-through dynamic brake intakes with resistor grid
  • Detailed cab interior with separate floor, rear wall, seats, and standard AAR control stand
  • Sliding cab windows
  • Factory-applied wire grab irons, wire lift rings, windshield wipers, horns, coupler cut levers, trainline hoses with silver gladhands, sand hatch covers, and much more
  • Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with durable metal semi-scale Type “E” knuckle couplers
  • Directional LED headlights
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-wheel electrical pick-up
  • Motor with 5-pole skew-wound armature
  • Dual flywheels
  • Printing and lettering legible even under magnification
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Packaging safely stores model
  • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors whenever possible
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”
DC/DCC & sound ready locomotives also feature:
  • Operable using a DC power pack
  • DCC ready with 21-pin connector

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