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Introducing the all-new Rivet Counter HO Scale SD38-2. Built by EMD from November of 1972 through June of 1979, the SD38-2 was essentially the six-axle version of the smaller GP38-2 that featured numerous electronic upgrades. Designed for slow, heavy-haul freight operations, EMD hoped that the higher tractive effort and electrical upgrades in -2 line would attract more buyers than the predecessor SD38, which only sold 53 units to North American railroads.
Unfortunately, the newer model fared only marginally better with a total of 90 units being sold worldwide. Although sales were less than anticipated, the SD38-2 proved to be a reliable workhorse with many of these locomotives remaining in hump yard or local service today.
Our Rivet Counter series SD38-2 is the definitive HO Scale model of EMD’s unique non-turbocharged six-axle locomotive. Our model combines smooth operating performance with unparalleled railroad, road number, and era-specific details. Not to mention, Rivet Counter models come equipped with industry-leading LED lighting features right out of the box.
Today, we’re taking a closer look at two pre-production samples: Southern Pacific Railroad and Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway.
In addition, we’re also offering the following roadnames in this run:
• BC Hydro
• Louisville & Nashville
• Yankeetown Docks
We plan to offer many more versions in the near future, but for now, these first-run roadnames would be right at home on just about any layout, handling heavy switching and drag road duty, just like their 1:1 counterparts. Delivery for our first run is expected in summer of 2022.
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