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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-20U - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD40 - Southern Pacific - 7319

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N Scale - Kato USA - 176-20U - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD40 - Southern Pacific - 7319 Image Courtesy of David Grothe


N Scale - Kato USA - 176-20U - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD40 - Southern Pacific - 7319 Image Courtesy of David Grothe


Stock Number 176-20U
Original Retail Price $94.95
Brand Kato USA
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine SD40
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD40 (Details)
Road or Company Name Southern Pacific (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 7319
Paint Color(s) Gray
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety SD40
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160
DCC Readiness Friendly
Release Date 1994-05-01
Years Produced 1966–1972



Model Information: Kato introduced this '2nd generation" SD40 model in 1991. Later, in 1995, they started producing SD45s with the same mechanism. In 2002 they revised an re-released the SD40. In 2010 revised and re-released the SD45.

When it first came out, the Kato 1991 SD40 was considered very innovative for its time. The model features full pilots with body-mounted couplers. These models (both pre and post revision) run very well with excellent all-wheel pickup and drive. They are quiet and smooth running (though quite fast compared to new Atlas slow-speed mechanisms). They can really pull and handle fairly well on sharp curves. The key difference between the early and later version of the mechanism is the DCC support.

DCC Information: The early versions (pre-2002) are considered DCC-friendly. The later revisions support drop-in decoders. I suspect that it is easier and cheaper to take one of the old shells and drop it over a new chassis than to try to convert an old mechanism to DCC.

Prototype History:
The EMD SD40 is a 6-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between January 1966 and August 1972. In 1966, EMD updated its locomotive catalog with entirely new models, all powered by the new 645 diesel engine. These included six-axle models SD38, SD40, SDP40 and SD45. All shared standardized components, including the frame, cab, generator, trucks, traction motors, and air brakes. The primary difference was the power output, with SD40 being rated at 3,000 hp (2,240 kW) from a turbocharged V16.

856 examples of this locomotive model were built for American railroads, 330 were built for Canadian railroads, 72 were built for Mexican railroads, 6 were built for the Guinea-Boke Project, and 4 SD40Ms riding on 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) gauge trucks were exported to Brazil.

From Wikipedia
Read more on American-Rails.com

Full SD40 data sheet on The Diesel Shop.

Road Name History:
The Southern Pacific Transportation Company (reporting mark SP), earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually called the Southern Pacific or (from the railroad's initials) Espee, was an American Class I railroad. It was absorbed in 1988 by the company that controlled the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and eight years later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The railroad was founded as a land holding company in 1865, later acquiring the Central Pacific Railroad by lease. By 1900 the Southern Pacific Company was a major railroad system incorporating many smaller companies, such as the Texas and New Orleans Railroad and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad. It extended from New Orleans through Texas to El Paso, across New Mexico and through Tucson, to Los Angeles, through most of California, including San Francisco and Sacramento. Central Pacific lines extended east across Nevada to Ogden, Utah, and reached north through Oregon to Portland. Other subsidiaries eventually included the St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt), the Northwestern Pacific Railroad at 328 miles (528 km), the 1,331 miles (2,142 km) Southern Pacific Railroad of Mexico, and a variety of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge routes.

In 1929 SP/T&NO operated 13848 route-miles not including Cotton Belt, whose purchase of the Golden State Route circa 1980 nearly doubled its size to 3,085 miles (4,965 km), bringing total SP/SSW mileage to around 13,508 miles (21,739 km).

By the 1980s route mileage had dropped to 10,423 miles (16,774 km), mainly due to the pruning of branch lines. In 1988 the Southern Pacific was taken over by D&RGW parent Rio Grande Industries. The combined railroad kept the Southern Pacific name due to its brand recognition in the railroad industry and with customers of both constituent railroads. Along with the addition of the SPCSL Corporation route from Chicago to St. Louis, the total length of the D&RGW/SP/SSW system was 15,959 miles (25,684 km).

By 1996 years of financial problems had dropped SP's mileage to 13,715 miles (22,072 km), and it was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
KATO U.S.A. was established in 1986, with the first U.S. locomotive model (the GP38-2, in N-Scale) released in 1987. Since that time, KATO has come to be known as one of the leading manufacturers of precision railroad products for the modeling community. KATO's parent company, Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to producing ready-to-run HO and N scale models that are universally hailed for their high level of detail, craftsmanship and operation, KATO also manufactures UNITRACK. UNITRACK is the finest rail & roadbed modular track system available to modelers today. With the track and roadbed integrated into a single piece, UNITRACK features a nickel-silver rail and a realistic-looking roadbed. Patented UNIJOINERS allow sections to be snapped together quickly and securely, time after time if necessary.

The Kato U.S.A. office and warehouse facility is located in Schaumburg, Illinois, approximately 30 miles northwest of Chicago. All research & development of new North American products is performed here, in addition to the sales and distribution of merchandise to a vast network of wholesale representatives and retail dealers. Models requiring service sent in by hobbyists are usually attended to at this location as well. The manufacturing of all KATO products is performed in Japan.

Supporters of KATO should note that there is currently no showroom or operating exhibit of models at the Schaumburg facility. Furthermore, model parts are the only merchandise sold directly to consumers. (Please view the Parts Catalog of this website for more specific information.)

Item created by: gdm on 2017-01-06 07:24:23. Last edited by grothe77 on 2020-05-30 00:50:50

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