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    Default Intermountain Announces SD40-2's

    Seems Intermountain snuck an ad in the next addition of N Scale Magazine saying they will be releasing an N Scale SD40-2, but did not provide details on when. Really surprised this did not come out at the Amherst show.

    First release includes Santa Fe, Burlington Northern, CSX, Iowa, Chicago and Eastern, Maine Central, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific.

    No mention of it on the website or on their Facebook page yet. Very strange...

    There is a picture of the ad on The Railwire forum: http://www.therailwire.net/forum/ind...?topic=31987.0

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    Sheesh. The guys at TRW don't ssound too excited...
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    Yea, they are a finicky bunch over there...

    They are actually bringing up a lot of good questions as far as I can tell though. Which mechnism will they use, will the shell be any better than the SD45-2 fiasco (everything glued), etc, etc, etc... I have noticed that they are a lot less forgiving if major errors are made. Right or wrong, they are just very vocal and passionate about it.

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    TRW looks almost disappointed... I cant wait to see those come out!!
    If it has an engine.... it has an engine!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill91 View Post
    TRW looks almost disappointed... I cant wait to see those come out!!
    I wouldn't say that, but more of a they want a quality product. Being the other locos they have done, were all glued together, and often had glue spots on the outside.

    I'm going to wait, mostly as I have almost 50 Kato units.

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    I hope the shells don't break when you touch them.

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    I want a couple ICE to reletter DME... But that would about guarantee they do DME in the next run! What do I do!?!!?

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    I like how IM builds their shells. I know they are a little fragile, but it gives them more flexibility in design and details. Once I super detail and glue them back together they are as tough as Kato shells. I know the handrails are delicate, but it is N Scale, if you want things that look right, they are going to be small.

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    damn I was hoping fox valley would do 40-2's but im still happy to see another manufacturer step in to one of the most popular diesels of all time, especially with kato just occasionaly releasing mainstream roads. And if you don't see your favorite road yet just give it a little time they will crank it out faster than Kato ever would, I am impressed with the original release list, 3 smaller roads on the first run is outstanding!

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    I hope they are better then the SD45Ts I got, the list of problems are too long to list. they look great in the jewel cases inside a box lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalbert View Post
    I want a couple ICE to reletter DME... But that would about guarantee they do DME in the next run! What do I do!?!!?
    You know highball does DME decals. That is my next paint project. I have 4 on the workbench ready for paint.

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    IM just sent out this announcement on the new SD40-2's.

    http://www.ircmodelersclub.com/reser...14NSD40-2s.htm
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    I love that they are doing a factory sound decoder. I am going to gamble and pre-order a couple of ICE units
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    I got that ad too, and HOLY CRAP talk about pricey. The Kato, which they did in some of the same paint schemes, was only $118 for DC and $158 with DCC.

    Kato just released the ATSF, Pan Am, and UP in the exact same body styles. The BN is an early, which they haven't done in for a while. Maybe this will push Kato to do them more often...maybe, just maybe.

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    SD40-2's are like a test of willpower for me, like a forbidden fruit that I am making myself not eat. The Dash-Twos began in 1972... and I have chosen to model 1971, rather specifically. So, as much as I love the long porches, I have to stick with Kato's "dash-one".

    I know, I know, Rule #1 applies - it's my dang railroad! I should just run what I want to run. But that's the thing, what I really want to run is a stable of locomotives that together say, in no uncertain terms, "1971". This is a year when a lot of things were happening (aside from me being born), such as N&W introducing the NW paint scheme even while a good number of Pevler Blue units and even black bodies with the hamburger logo were still around. By being careful with the "close but not exact" details, I can zero in on my era; the noticeable LACK of dash-twos helps to pinpoint it to before 1972. So it's pretty critical that I avoid buying one of these beauties, sad to say.

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    You couldn't even fudge a little and model a brand spankin shiny new -2 being en route from the factory in January '72?

    I applaud your effort to stay true to your scope (and I'm sure your wallet appreciates it too...) but I'm sure there's a way we can squeeze an SD40-2 in your stable some how

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalbert View Post
    I'm sure there's a way we can squeeze an SD40-2 in your stable some how
    Hey, if someone wants to GIVE me one of these, I would graciously accept it, and run it with pride! So, there is at least one way to get one into the enginehouse...

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    My letter to Intermountain about DM&E did not fall on deaf ears:
    "...Are there plans in the future for doing a DM&E SD40-2 I'd certainly think it might be a possibility considering your fine DME 4750 and 5161 hoppers?"

    And the answer:
    "...Certainly there is nothing preventing us from doing that specific model. Rest assured we will do as many road names as we can!..."

    Given the many many possible paint jobs SD40-2's have worn over the years, I'm happy to see someone like Intermountain make a run at it. They have certainly enjoyed success doing many many different flavors of 4750 hoppers, hopefully the SD40-2 will be just as popular.

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    Hopefully they'll expand the railroads offered. I'd like to see some older paint schemes, say when the SD40-2's were fresh out of La Grange. For me, I'd like several N&W (NW), Santa Fe, and BN. I just want a reliable mechanism, not a 3D jigsaw puzzle like some locos lately.

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    http://www.intermountain-railway.com...olocsd40-2.htm

    If you check IM's HO SD40-2 page they've had 24 different versions of the -2. The first 8 on the page are also the first 8 N scale ones. Probably a good idea on what roadnames they'll offer in future runs if this one is successful. Of course if it were me I might have bumped the GATX and Pan Am ones til later...

    So I expect all of you folks to buy a bunch of these so they'll keep making em long enough to get to the Milwaukee Road, Soo Line & CNW ones! I already own 2 Kato ATSF and 2 BN ones, so I might just buy one of the IM ones with sound myself (pending positive reviews of course). I don't own any sound locos, mostly because I don't like the idea of trying to figure out how to cram all that stuff into a standard freight loco shell, but if it was factory installed I might be tempted... Though they are kinda pricey.

    But then again, when (if) they come out with the MILW & SOO ones I plan on getting a couple of those.
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