Post by Hans Riddervold (AZL) on Mar 20, 2020 17:58:10 GMT -5
Let us start at the beginning. A family of almost 5000 diesels were produced from late 1971 until 1989. The majority of the SD40-2s are still around. That is almost 50 years on US rails! The list of original and secondary SD40-2 operators is substantial and rest assure, we will produce the majority. We will even offer original versions and later versions for some Class 1 railroads.
How far along are we on this project. This is day 1! Yes we have gathered info for years, but today is when it starts at our end. Exciting! So how long will it take? 2-3 years under normal circumstances and that will also be the lifespan of this thread.
Now, what type of options are we planning? Basically everything that makes sense like: -SD40-2 type: Phase 1 and Phase 2 -Nose: 81", 88", 116" and High -Headlights: Cab mounted, Nose mounted and Cab & Nose mounted -Outside Brake: Ratchet and Wheel -Dynamic Brake: With or without -Bell: Various placements -Airhorn: Various types and placements -Snowplow: With or without -Cab Sunshades: With or without -Fuel Tank: Standard and Long Range -Roof Antennas: Various types and placements -Beacon Light: With or without -Roof AC: Various types where appropriate -Radiator: Open Grid or Corrugated -Bay Window(s): Where appropriate -Snow Hatch for Radiator fans: Where appropriate
And this may just be the start of options. We are presently also looking at different cabs and trucks.
We will innovate over past locomotives were we can. More on this in later posts.
Oh, one important thing. Have not told our manufacturer that we are going ahead with the SD40-2 project. That I will do now!
Post by Hans Riddervold (AZL) on Mar 22, 2020 21:15:55 GMT -5
Since this is like day 3 into the process, no options are decided and will not be for months to come. It is a lengthy discussion with our factory on what is possible and at what cost. But we will consider working ditch lights for the modern SD40-2 fleet. And we will also take a look at the possibility of having a SD40-2W (Safety Cab). It is all about having a flexible core mold with numerous options. Stay Healthy!
Post by Hans Riddervold (AZL) on Mar 28, 2020 19:40:50 GMT -5
SD40-2 progress, Day 9. At this stage and for the next couple of weeks it will all be about options. I have made an Excel sheet of 20 categories, all with 2 to 5 options. This is quite fluid and will change. It is also a stage to nix a couple of variances that the SD40-2 family had, but of no real importance in Z due to the size of the scale. We are and will be studying everything from real prototypes, accessible quality photos, books and also taking a close look at what is available in H0 scale. And there are some real good H0 SD40-2s out there. That is it for now. Stay healthy!