DRGW SD-45-T2, ATSF SD-24-Low Nose

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by nmtexman, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. nmtexman

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    I recently got lucky enough to pick up these engines recently. In brass, no less :p ! Here's my problem. The DRGW SD-45-T2 is in Black/Orange and made by Samhongsa; the ATSF SD-24-Low Nose is in Black/Silver Zebra stripes and made by DaiYoung and has a Kato mechanism :D ! Both came unnumbered and I've been trying to find pictures of them so I can get a correct number. Any help would be appreciated. :rolleyes:
  2. BDC

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    Unfortunately, the D&RGW never had SD45T-2s. They had SD40T-2's that were similar from a distance but different when you got up closer.

    Rio Grande numbered the SD40T-2's from 5341 to 5413. I'll attach a couple photos to give you a reference for numbers.

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    I can't recall exactly when the noselights and classification lights got plated up, but they did eventually.

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    The easiest way to tell the difference between a -45T and -40T is to count the access hatches for the exhaust fans under the rear grill. The -45T has three and the -40T has two. This picture shows a SP SD45T-2 and a UP-repainted SD40T-2 for comparison.

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  5. nmtexman

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    Manufacturer's License

    Looking at the engine I have, it has 3 access ports like a SD45T2 but it is in DRGW colors and roadname. Since DRGW didn't have SD45T2, as BDC indicated, this must be another case of a manufacturer not knowing what was going on.

    Like those SantaFe F2's an old manufacturer kept putting out. Anyway, I have an SD45T2 in DRGW colors that I need a (semi-) valid number for. I ordered MicroScales decal sheet for the SD45 DRGW.

    This is such a nice looking engine that I'm not even going to worry too much about the SD45/SD45T2 controversy. Hopefully, it'll run as good as it looks. My N-Trak club is setting up at the Albuquerque GATS this weekend, so I will surely find out.

    Thanks for the info, BDC.