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  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    An EMD SD40A is a six-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between 1969 and 1970. 18 examples of this locomotive were built exclusively for Illinois Central Railroad. The SD40A was basically an SD40 built on an SDP45 frame. This locomotive is powered by a sixteen-cylinder EMD 645E3 diesel engine, which could provide 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kilowatts). Illinois Central Railroad used the SD40A as a long-range road-switcher, utilizing the larger fuel tank found on the SDP45. The Soo Line Railroad eventually acquired five of these units and as of 2005 they are out of service.