HO Scale: Rivet Counter - EMD SD45 - DCC Ready - Southern Pacific


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ScaleTrains HO Scale: Rivet Counter - EMD SD45 - DCC Ready - Southern Pacific

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.
Southern Pacific
  • Era: 1970s
  • Series 8800-8844, built 8-9/1966 (Phase Ia2)
  • SP nose headlight package
  • Front operating LED-lit Pyle-National Single Red Gyralite (“UDE Light”)
  • Front operating LED-lit Pyle-National Dual Gyralite signal lights
  • Operating LED-lit tricolor (red, green, and white) flush-mounted class lights with raised gasket
  • Operating LED-lit ground lights
  • “35-Line” cab with EMD-option “extended-vision” front windshields (“wanna-be” L-Window)
  • Cab-roof “tripod” mounted bell with air conduit
  • Late SP/UP-style pilot plow with grab irons and rear MU hose catch tray
  • Front early small deck extension
  • Pivoting front and rear drop step
  • “Tall” stepwells with see-through steps
  • “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 ratchet handbrake and angled chain guard
  • Early straight grabs and “flipped” nut-bolt-washer (NBW) mounting on nose front and top
  • Tall clear wind wings mounted fore and aft of cab side window on both sides of cab
  • Standard EMD sunshades and long sunshade tracks
  • Forward rectangular cab vents on both sides and and one rectangular vent on each side of the cab rear
  • Lost-wax brass Nathan AirChime P24R1 (“P-3”) horn; mounted center rear of number board housing
  • ­“Whip” radio antenna mounted on cab roof
  • Standard electrical cabinet seam and bolted alternator door
  • No ECAFB
  • Early (smooth) blower duct housing
  • Early inertial air intake grilles without drip rails
  • Early (short forward taper) extended-range dynamic brakes with retrofitted cooling vents and “T” vent on top of roof
  • Chickenwire-pattern radiator intake grille mesh
  • Photoetched spiral ring grilles with center disk
  • Short walkway duct (four short stanchions)
  • Front angled uncoupling lever with four inner brackets; rear straight uncoupling lever with four inner brackets
  • Handrail set with pilot face mounted outer end rail stanchions
  • 4-hose MU hose clusters with silver gladhands
  • Early (angled) deck-mounted MU receptacle with blanked field loop receptacle
  • “Tall tab” pilot face with bottom step extension (SP)
  • Tall jacking pads with holes
  • Tab-mount EFCO button
  • Salem air filter (accordion style)
  • 4,000-gallon fuel tank with dual fuel filler, dual vertical fuel gauges, and round fuel gauge on right tank side
  • Detailed Flexicoil (low-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
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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