HO Scale: SD40 Announced


 Athearn has announced, in their Ready-to-Roll line, the SD40 in PRR livery. Delivery is expected in January 2019. Guaranteed reservations are due February 23, 2018. The MSRP is $139.99 without sound; $199.98 with Econami sound.


  • All-new LED lighting
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability
  • Photo-etched stainless steel windshield wipers


  • Fully assembled and ready-to-run
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • Separately applied air tanks
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Rubber MU hoses
  • Photo-etch stainless steel windshield wipers
  • Fine scale handrails molded in engineering plastic
  • Non-sound version features 21-pin NEM DCC plug
  • See-through dynamic brake and radiator fans
  • Curved radiator fan grab iron
  • Exhaust stack
  • Frame mounted bell (unless noted)
  • Detailed 4000 gallon fuel tank (unless different capacity is noted)
  • Flexicoil-C trucks with high or low brake cylinders (per prototype)
  • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body featuring new tooling
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • See through cab windows
  • Bi-directional LED lighting
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • 5-pole motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Window packaging for easy viewing
  • Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Minimum radius: 18"
  • Recommended radius: 22"
  • Onnboard Econami sound decoder by Soundtraxx
  • Engine startup sound sequence
  • Dynamic brake sound or Non-Dynamic Straight to idle on F4
  • Extra prime mover and horn sounds exclusive to Athearn version
  • Multiple bell sound files user configurable via Configuration Value (CV)
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Excellent Slow speed control
  • Current Keeper ready with on board expansion plug
  • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via CV changes


  • PRR class EF-30A
  • Ratchet brake on nose
  • Early fans with center "button"
  • Extended range dynamic brakes
  • Cab signal box
  • Low profile S3L horn on cab
  • Sinclair antenna
  • Non-operating red marker lights on front & rear
  • MU hose catch trays on front & rear
  • Features alternate wheel bearings on rear truck

HO RTR SD40 w/DCC & Sound, PRR/Dark Green #6101[ATH88614]
HO RTR SD40 w/DCC & Sound, PRR/Dark Green #6091[ATH88613]
HO RTR SD40 w/DCC & Sound, PRR/Dark Green #6087[ATH88612]
HO RTR SD40 w/DCC & Sound, PRR/Dark Green #6076[ATH88611]

HO RTR SD40, PRR/Dark Green #6101[ATH88514]
HO RTR SD40, PRR/Dark Green #6091[ATH88513]
HO RTR SD40, PRR/Dark Green #6087[ATH88512]
HO RTR SD40, PRR/Dark Green #6076[ATH88511]

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