Athearn HO 98300 SD40T-2, New York Susquehanna and Western #3010


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Athearn HO 98300 SD40T-2, New York Susquehanna and Western #3010
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This locomotive and the SD45T-2 are popularly called tunnel motors, but EMD's term is SD40-2s with "cooling system modifications" because they were designed for better engine cooling in tunnels. The difference between this locomotive and its non-tunnel motor cousin, the SD40-2, are the radiator intakes and radiator fan grills located at the rear of the locomotive. The radiator air intakes in this model were along the deck to allow more fresh, cooler air to enter and less hot exhaust fumes lingering around the tunnel's ceiling.

This locomotive model was purchased by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and its subsidiary Cotton Belt. Southern Pacific's version has a 4,400 gallon fuel tank and is 70' 8" long. Rio Grande's version has a smaller 4,000 gallon fuel tank. After merging with Rio Grande, the Southern Pacific and later Union Pacific owned every SD40T-2.

In 2005, most of these units were owned by Union Pacific or leasing companies. By 2008, none were left in service on UP with SP or DRGW reporting marks. DRGW 5371 was the last one, retired in March 2008, and now resides at the Utah State Railroad Museum in Ogden Utah. Another SD40T-2 is preserved at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. UP still runs a few units repainted in its own livery.

MU hoses
Coupler cut levers
Separately applied wire grab irons
Sliding cab side windows
See through cab windows
Sunshade with riveted strip and long track unless noted
Dash-2 style ribbed blower housing
Welded ECAFB
See-through dynamic brake and radiator fans
Separately applied air tanks
HT-C Trucks
Speed recorder mounted on the front left axle unless noted
Frame mounted bell (unless noted)
Fine scale handrails molded in engineering plastic
Fully assembled and ready-to-run
McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
DCC ready with Quick Plug technology
Highly-detailed, injection molded body
Painted and printed for realistic decoration
Bi-directional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent
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 Code 70, 75, 83, and 100 rail
Window packaging for easy viewing
Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
Minimum radius: 18"
Recommended radius: 22"

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