HO Scale: EMD SD40-2 - DCC & Sound - Union Pacific 'Desert Victory'


Athearn Ready-to-Run HO Scale: SD40-2 - DCC & Sound - Union Pacific 'Desert Victory'


  • All-new LED lighting
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability
  • Photo-etched stainless steel windshield wipers


  • Ex-Conrail
  • Front snowplow
  • Late coupler cut levers
  • Large anticlimber
  • Illuminated ditch lights (Effect with horn blown on DCC/sound version)
  • 88" nose with brakewheel
  • Round nose vent on right side
  • Standard late -2 4-window cab without roof seam and louvers
  • Riveted cab side panels
  • Cab signal box
  • Mirrors/wind deflectors fore of windows
  • Oval cab vent on left-side of cab
  • Nathan P3 Air Horn
  • Large Sinclair “ice skate" antenna and two small Sinclair “ice skate" antennas
  • Intermediate -2 battery box door on left-hand side
  • Horizontal split battery box door on right-hand side
  • Welded ECAFB
  • Early extended range dynamic brake
  • Corrugated radiator grilles
  • Standard radiator fans
  • Flexicoil trucks

The NS 3329 is the ex Conrail 6358 the first SD40-2 purchased new by Conrail in June of 1977. Painted into the MAERSK Sealand scheme in the Summer of 2002 for the grand opening of a new MAERSK facility located on Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles. NS painted and sent to CA this special painted SD40-2 for ceremonies and photo ops. The locomotive continued on in this scheme until about May 2008 when it was painted back into black.


  • Ex-BNSF low nose, inset mounted headlight
  • Standard range dynamic brake
  • Illuminated ditch lights (Effect with horn blown on DCC/sound version)
  • Spare knuckles on rear pilot
  • Roof mounted A/C
  • Firecracker antenna
  • MU catch trays
  • Brakewheel or ratchet brake per prototype


  • Fire-cracker antenna
  • 81" nose with hand brake
  • Non-dynamic brake hatch
  • EMD low front snowplow
  • 4000 gal fuel tank
  • Five chime air horn

Rock Island bought its first six-motor freight power in 1973 in the form of eighteen U30Cs and ten SD40-2s. Although in poverty, and the Southern Pacific influence began to diminish, the Rock Island initially was luke warm to jumping on board with the SD40-2. Ordering a total of ten units, these locomotives were seen frequently in pool power on the Union Pacific and occasionally on the Southern Pacific too.


  • Large UP style plow
  • 88" nose with brake wheel
  • Illuminated ditch lights
  • Early extended range dynamic brake

On February 27th, 1991 a tribute was paid by the Union Pacific Railroad to the American troops and UP employess serving in the Persian Gulf War. UP #3593, an EMD SD40-2, rolled out of the North Little Rock shops in full desert camouflage dress. Union Pacific railroad employees had repainted the SD40-2 as a symbol of their support for fellow workers called to active duty for the Persian Gulf War. Dedicated less than 12 hours before the cease-fire was announced, it was hailed as "Desert Victory" by UP railroaders. Our SD40-2 is prototypically modeled after UP's 3593, right down to the intricate camouflage patterns.


  • 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
  • Exhaust stack
  • Frame mounted bell (unless noted)
  • Detailed 4000 gallon fuel tank (unless different capacity is noted)
  • HTC or Flexicoil-C trucks (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
  • 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"


  • 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
  • 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


The SD40-2 was introduced in January 1972 as part of EMD’s Dash 2 series, responding to competing products from GE and ALCO. Reliability and versatility of the 3,000-horsepower SD40-2 made it the best-selling model in EMD’s history and the standard of the industry for several decades after its introduction. The SD40-2 was an improvement over the SD40, with modular electronic control systems similar to those of the experimental SD45X and DDA40X. The last SD40-2 delivered to a United States railroad was built in July 1984, with production continuing for railroads in Canada until 1988.

SKU Road Number Price Qty
ATH71630 3593 $ 189.99 Sold Out
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