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N Scale - InterMountain - 69329S-01 - Engine, Diesel, SD40-2 - Louisville & Nashville - 3556 Image Courtesy of InterMountain
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N Scale - InterMountain - 69329S-01 - Engine, Diesel, SD40-2 - Louisville & Nashville - 3556 Image Courtesy of InterMountain Railway
pre-production sample


Brand InterMountain
Stock Number 69329S-01
Original Retail Price $249.95
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Intermountain Diesel SD40-2
Road or Company Name Louisville & Nashville (Details)
Reporting Marks L&N
Road or Reporting Number 3556
Paint Color(s) Light Gray and Yellow nose
Print Color(s) Yellow
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder w/Sound
Announcement Date 2014-06-06
Release Date 2017-05-20
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety SD40-2
Prototype Engine, Diesel, SD40-2
Prototype Manufacturer Name EMD
Prototype Model Name SD40-2
Prototype Year(s) of Production 1972-1989
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era IV: 1958 - 1978


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Specific Item Information: This model does not have working ditch lights.

Body Style Information: InterMountain first announced this model in February 2014, followed by 5 additional announcements in April, June, August, November 2014 and August 2015, the last two being joint announcements for the HO and N models. Up to 52 different road names / paints have been announced, including high hood and snoot nose versions!

These models come with a brand new design that incurred significant delays. First batch has been announced to be shipping on the week of December 19th, 2016. In February 2017, Intermountain announced a second run of the just newly released 7 first road names, as well as two undecorated versions (US and Canada). 20 additional road names have been announced in February and April 2017, making it a total of 72 different road names.

Internally, these models are quite a departure from previous IMRC diesels. They do still seem to share a number of common parts with Atlas diesels of similar vintage (motor, trucks, etc), but the screwless (and wireless) chassis design is all-new. The fuel tank, motor saddle, and two plastic clips (one on the nose and one underneath the rear end of the PCB or decoder) serve to hold the whole assembly together ....

Note that ditch lights, for equipped models, will not alternate blinking as both are connected to the same light source.

DCC Information: This model is proposed factory-equipped with either a non-sound DCC decoder (models suffixed by "D") or a sound DCC decoder (models suffixed by "S"), both from ESU - LokSound Select Micro with Next18 plug or LokPilot Micro with Next18 plug.
The factory-equipped DCC board (sound or non-sound) comes fully equipped with operational LEDs for rotary beacon and front/rear ditch lights. This makes it possible to later install those for locomotives not factory-equipped with them.

DCC manual for sound and non-sound versions can be downloaded from InterMountain Instructions Library - N Scale web page.
ESU LokSound file #93820 can be downloaded from IMRC DCC Assistance web page.

Prototype Information: The EMD SD40-2 is a 3,000-horsepower (2,200 kW) C-C diesel-electric locomotive built by EMD from 1972 to 1989.

The SD40-2 was introduced in January 1972 as part of EMD's Dash 2 series, competing against the GE U30C and the ALCO Century 630. Although higher-horsepower locomotives were available, including EMD's own SD45-2, the reliability and versatility of the 3,000-horsepower (2,200 kW) 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 DDA40X.

Peak production of the SD40-2 was in the mid-1970s. Sales of the SD40-2 began to diminish after 1981 due to the oil crisis, increased competition from GE's Dash-7 series and the introduction of the EMD SD50, which was available concurrently to late SD40-2 production. The last SD40-2 delivered to a United States railroad was built in July 1984, with production continuing for railroads in Canada until 1988, Mexico until February 1986, and Brazil until October 1989. As of 2013, nearly all built still remain in service.

The SD40-2 has seen service in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Guinea. To suit export country specifications, General Motors designed the JT26CW-SS (British Rail Class 59) for Great Britain, the GT26CW-2 for Yugoslavia, South Korea, Iran, Morocco, Peru and Pakistan, while the GT26CU-2 went to Zimbabwe and Brazil. Various customizations led Algeria to receive their version of a SD40-2, known as GT26HCW-2.

SD40-2s are still quite usable nearly fifty years after the first SD40 was made, and many SD40s and locomotives from the pre-Dash-2 series (GP/SD 40s, 39s and 38s, and even some SD45s) have been updated to Dash-2 specifications, possibly including downgrading from 20-645E to 16-645E engines, including, certainly, Dash-2 electrical controls, although the pre-Dash-2 frames cannot accommodate the somewhat similar HTC truck in the space allocated to the Flexicoil C truck (the frame is not long enough). Most SD40-2s which remain in service have by now been rebuilt "in-kind" for another 30 to 40 years of service, although a few (under 30) have been rebuilt to incorporate a 12-cylinder EFI-equipped 710G engine.

From Wikipedia

Full EMD SD40-2 data sheet on The Diesel Workshop.

Road/Company Information:
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad (reporting mark LN), commonly called the L&N, was a Class I railroad that operated freight and passenger services in the southeast United States.

Chartered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1850, the road grew into one of the great success stories of American business. Operating under one name continuously for 132 years, it survived civil war and economic depression and several waves of social and technological change. Under Milton H. Smith, president of the company for thirty years, the L&N grew from a road with less than three hundred miles (480 km) of track to a 6,000-mile (9,700 km) system serving thirteen states. As one of the premier Southern railroads, the L&N extended its reach far beyond its namesake cities, stretching to St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, and New Orleans. The railroad was economically strong throughout its lifetime, operating both freight and passenger trains in a manner that earned it the nickname, "The Old Reliable."

Growth of the railroad continued until its purchase and the tumultuous rail consolidations of the 1980s which led to continual successors. By the end of 1970, L&N operated 6,063 miles (9,757 km) of road on 10,051 miles (16,176 km) of track, not including the Carrollton Railroad.

In 1971 the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, successor to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, purchased the remainder of the L&N shares it did not already own, and the company became a subsidiary. By 1982 the railroad industry was consolidating quickly, and the Seaboard Coast Line absorbed the Louisville & Nashville Railroad entirely. Then in 1986, the Seaboard System merged with the C&O and B&O and the new combined system was known as the Chessie System. Soon after the combined company became CSX Transportation (CSX), which now owns and operates all of the former Louisville and Nashville lines.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
InterMountain was founded in 1985 by Fred Brummet. They got started in the model railroad business by producing O-Scale model kits. They got started in the N Scale business almost a decade later when in 1994 they introduced the 40-23 reefer car in kit form. Later, in 1998, they started producing RTR (Ready-to-Run) models. By the early 2000s, InterMountain phased out kit production in favor of the RTR models.

The InterMountain Railway company is located at 1224 Boston Ave in Longmont, CO. They are a manufacturer of HO, N and Z scale model trains. They have produced kits as well as RTR (Ready-To-Run) models. Their N Scale products include locomotives as well as rolling stock. Their rolling stock lineup includes Boxcars, Hoppers, Tank Cars, Reefers, Gondolas, Stock Cars and Flatcars.

Their locomotive releases have primarily been diesel units, with the one major exception being their series of AC-12 Cab Forward steam locos. Their diesel lineup includes F3's, F7's, F9's, SD40's, SD45's and FT units. They are known for quality and detail. They also release their rolling stock in larger varieties of road numbers than most of the other manufacturers.


Item created by: Alain LM on 2017-05-21 12:00:42. Last edited by gdm on 2017-10-07 10:56:42

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