HO Scale: EMD SD39 - DCC & Sound - Southern Pacific 'Worn Lettering'


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Athearn RTR HO Scale: EMD SD39 - DCC Ready - Southern Pacific 'Worn Letting'

In 1966, EMD updated its locomotive catalog with entirely new models, all powered by the new 645 diesel engine. The SD39 had 2,300 hp from a turbocharged V12. The SD39 had the smallest prime mover of the SD locomotives in the EMD catalog. 54 were built for American railroads.

The 26 SD39s owned by Southern Pacific spent a significant amount of time working the steep grades of Tehachapi. In later years, the venerable locomotives were regulated to hauler service in the LA basin area. As time went by, the Southern Pacific lettering tended to decay and the paint colors faded under the California sun.

Model Features:
  • Faded paint and lettering to match units as they appeared in service
  • P-3 horn
  • Roof mounted bell
  • 4000 gallon fuel tank w/ dual fuel fillers
  • Early style ballast blocks on walkway in front of cab
  • Large SP style armrests
  • Late cut levers with loops
  • Whip antenna
  • Stratolite beacon on cab; effect with DCC/sound version
  • Rebuilt “L” window cab
  • Blanked front & rear gyralights
  • 3-hose MU clusters
  • Chickenwire grills
  • Early inertial air intake
  • Total of 3 cab vents
#5309 & #5315:
  • Front & rear clear grya-lights; effect with DCC/sound version.
  • Red gyra-lights are non operational
  • 4-hose MU clusters
  • FARR grills
  • Total of 4 cab vents
  • Conductor side SP toolbox and 3 short stanchion handrails
  • As delivered “L” window cab
  • Late inertial air intake
Other SP As Delivered Features:
  • Late fans
  • Extended range dynamic brakes
  • P-3 horn
  • Roof mounted bell
  • Whip antenna
  • Chickenwire grills
  • L window cab
  • Total of 4 cab vents
  • 4-hose MU clusters
  • 4000 gallon fuel tank with dual fuel fillers
  • Early style ballast blocks on walkway in front of cab
  • Front & rear clear gyralights; effect with DCC/sound version
  • Red gyralights are non operational
New Features on this release:
  • All-new LED lighting
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability
  • Photo-etched stainless steel windshield wipers
These particular units lasted well into the 1970s before receiving the large “SP” initials on the nose.

Locomotive Features:
  • Fully assembled and ready-to-run
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • Separately applied air tanks
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Rubber MU hoses
  • Photo-etch stainless steel windshield wipers
  • Fine scale handrails molded in engineering plastic
  • Non-sound version features 21-pin NEM DCC plug
  • See-through dynamic brake and radiator fans
  • Curved radiator fan grab iron
  • Exhaust stack
  • Frame mounted bell (unless noted)
  • Detailed 4000 gallon fuel tank (unless different capacity is noted)
  • Flexicoil-C trucks with high or low brake cylinders (per prototype)
  • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body featuring new tooling
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • See through cab windows
  • Bi-directional LED lighting
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • 5-pole motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Window packaging for easy viewing
  • Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”
Primed for Grime Models Feature:
  • Duplicated look and feel of “In Service”equipment; “Tattered and Torn” just like the real thing
  • Faded base colors matched to the prototype
  • Patches applied and shaped per road number matching each corresponding side to the prototype
  • Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust
Sound Equipped Models Feature:
  • Onboard Econami sound decoder by Soundtraxx
  • Engine startup sound sequence
  • Dynamic brake sound or Non-Dynamic Straight to idle on F4
  • Extra prime mover and horn sounds exclusive to Athearn version Sounds recorded from a real EMD 12-645E3
  • Multiple bell sound files user configurable via Configuration Value (CV)
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Excellent Slow speed control
  • Current Keeper ready with on board expansion plug
  • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via CV changes

This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article “EMD SD39”; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA.

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