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Body Style Information: InterMountain first introduced this model in 2010, and has produced several additional runs since then.
The design of the chassis is very much similar to the Atlas SD50/60 mechanism. This particular model appears to employ a slightly modified version of the chassis/mech used by Intermountain in their 2008 SD45-2 model. It sports all the features one normally associates with "modern" diesel models - IE, DCC-Ready / split-frame / all-metal chassis, 5-pole / skew-wound / "slow speed" motor, dual flywheels, low-friction drive, bi-directional LED lighting, all-wheel drive and pickup (no traction tires), blackened / low-profile wheels, shell-mounted magnetic knuckle couplers, all-plastic gearing, etc.
Comment from Intermountain for the 2015 announced release: The InterMountain Railway Co. N scale SD40-2W has been manufactured with the 4-window safety cab, the snow shields over the air inlets and the distinctive stairwells and handrails. The model features include: sharp painting and lettering, etched metal details and wire grab irons. All locomotives are factory equipped with ESU sound decoder or ESU non-sound decoder. DC only is available for N scale.
DCC Information: From the run announced in 2015, this model is proposed factory-equipped with either a non-sound DCC decoder (models suffixed by "D") or a sound DCC decoder (models suffixed by "S"), both from ESU. The new associated design induced significant delays, and the new models are now announced to be released in 2017.
Models produced up to 2009 accept the following plug-in decoders (non-sound):
- Digitrax DN166I0: 1.5 Amp Decoder for Intermountain N scale SD40T-2 / SD45T-2.
- TCS IMD4-W: BEMF decoder designed to fit Intermountain N scale SD40-2W.
Note from Intermountain:
The N Scale SD40-2W requires soldering for the headlight and reverse light. These decoders come with pre-soldered LED lights that must be removed (except for the TCS IMD4-W). Note their location soldered on the DCC decoder. For all manufacturers' decoders, the existing wired LED lights used on the factory DC board need to be soldered to the DCC decoder the location of the previously removed pre-soldered LED lights (or as directed for the TCS IMD4-W). If the lights do not illuminate, simply reverse the wires of the individual LED and try again.
Prototype Information: The GMD SD40-2(W) is a Canadian-market version of the SD40-2 diesel-electric locomotive, built for the Canadian National Railway by the Diesel Division of General Motors of Canada Ltd. (formerly General Motors Diesel) of London, Ontario. 123 were constructed between May 1975 and December 1980. The major difference between the SD40-2(W) and a regular SD40-2 is the fitment of a wide-nose Canadian comfort cab, commonly denoted by adding a 'W' in the model name (although the GMD designation on the builders plates remained 'SD40-2').
Read more on Wikipedia.
Full EMD SD40-2 data sheet on The Diesel Workshop.
CN is the largest railway in Canada, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is currently Canada's only transcontinental railway company, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia. Its range once reached across the island of Newfoundland until 1988, when the Newfoundland Railway was abandoned.
Following CN's purchase of Illinois Central (IC) and a number of smaller US railways, it also has extensive trackage in the central United States along the Mississippi River valley from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, CN owns about 20,400 route miles (32,831 km) of track in 8 provinces (the only two not served by CN are Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island), as well as a 70-mile (113 km) stretch of track (see Mackenzie Northern Railway) into the Northwest Territories to Hay River on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake; it is the northernmost rail line anywhere within the North American Rail Network, as far north as Anchorage, Alaska (although the Alaska Railroad goes further north than this, it is isolated from the rest of the rail network).
The railway was referred to as the Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960, and as Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to the present.
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The InterMountain Railway company is located at 1224 Boston Ave in Longmont, CO. They are a manufacturer of HO, N and Z scale model trains. They have produced kits as well as RTR (Ready-To-Run) models. Their N Scale products include locomotives as well as rolling stock. Their rolling stock lineup includes Boxcars, Hoppers, Tank Cars, Reefers, Gondolas, Stock Cars and Flatcars.
Their locomotive releases have primarily been diesel units, with the one major exception being their series of AC-12 Cab Forward steam locos. Their diesel lineup includes F3's, F7's, F9's, SD40's, SD45's and FT units. They are known for quality and detail. They also release their rolling stock in larger varieties of road numbers than most of the other manufacturers.
Item created by: Alain LM on 2016-12-26 07:45:27. Last edited by Alain LM on 2016-12-27 03:54:52
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