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ScaleTrains 32873 Rivet Counter HO Scale EMD SD40-3 CSX YN3 (Yellow Plow) 4042 DCC and LokSound

Plow through the New Year with our special edition Rivet Counter HO Scale CSX SD40-3. We’re offering road number 4042 with a one-of-a-kind “yellow plow” that was added to the prototype in late 2017 for added visibility at railroad crossings. SD40-3s can be found all over the CSX system in both road and local service.

In January 1972, Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors would build the first production models of a locomotive design that would prove to be legendary: the SD40-2. The flagship of the “Dash-2” series of 1972, the SD40-2 would build upon the lessons learned from its predecessor, the SD40. While the sixteen-cylinder 645E3 turbocharged prime mover remained the same from its SD40 cousin, the SD40-2 boasted a modular, solid-state electrical system, which featured removable “cards” in place of troublesome relays in its high-voltage cabinet, greatly simplifying electrical troubleshooting and repairs.

Externally, the biggest change was the use of the new HT-C three-axle truck in place of the Flexi-coil C of the SD40. The new truck promised greater adhesion, and was longer than the Flexi-coil C, necessitating an increase of the length of the SD40-2s frame to an overall length of 68’, 10” over the couplers. This also had the effect of giving the SD40-2 its characteristic long walkway “porches” at each end. Other small external improvements, such as longer battery box compartments, rear overhang on the cab roof, and drip rail over the front cab door, added to the list of external differences between it and the SD40.

Domestic production of the SD40-2 continued until July 1984 making it one of EMD’s most popular locomotives of all time. Many remain in service today, both with original owners as well as secondhand operators. Within the last five years, Norfolk Southern and CSX have rebuilt hundreds of SD40-2s to extend their operating life. This will ensure this venerable locomotive’s presence on U.S. rails for decades to come.


  • Era: 2013 to present
  • Series 4040-4049, rebuilt into SD40-3s in 2013
  • Road number 4042
    • Rebuilt from CRR 8132
    • Unique data label and data label placement
    • “Post-’80” extended-range dynamic brake housing with exhaust silencer without batten strip
    • Yellow high visibility front snow plow and anti-climber
  • Operating Front and rear deck mounted alternating LED ditch lights*
  • NRE-built replacement low short hood, cab, and sub-base
  • High front headlight
  • CSX/NS-style late pilot plow without MU hose doors
  • CSX designed anticlimbers
  • Sill mounted tow chain
  • Late “fixed” rear drop step
  • "Tall" stepwells with see-through steps
  • Rectangle walkway lights (non-operating)
  • Tall mirror mounted fore of cab side window on both sides of cab
  • Standard EMD sunshades and long sunshade tracks
  • Nathan AirChime K3LA Horn relocated to the long hood roof
  • Large Sinclair Excalibur “ice skate” antenna (communications), Small thin dome antenna and STI-CO PTC Dual Track Antenna System
  • Late welded ECAFB
  • Late inertial air intake grilles with top and bottom drip rail
  • Corrugated radiator intake grilles
  • See-through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • Angled radiator fan grab iron
  • Straight uncoupling levers with loop handles front and rear and two inner and two outer brackets
  • Handrail set with anticlimber front and outward-facing rear-end rail mounting brackets and chain
  • 3-hose MU hose clusters with silver gladhands
  • Pilot face-mounted MU receptacle
  • Spare knuckle holders on rear pilot face
  • Dummy MU receptacle pilot face dummy MU receptacle
  • Notched pilot faces with high angled lifting slots
  • Short jacking pads (late)
  • Forward engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • Sill-mount EFCO
  • Frame-mounted electronic bell
  • Prime air filter (can style)
  • Graham-White 994-500 air dryer
  • 4,000-gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers, vertical gauge, blanked round gauge in tank sides, electronic gauge and vertical breather pipe
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with rotating Timken bearing caps, late center axle snubbers, sanding lines and brackets, and D-77 traction motor and air duct details
  • Fully assembled
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Printed and LED lighted number boards
  • Dimensionally accurate truck centers
  • Scale sectioned treadplate detail on the walkways
  • Underbody frame rail with separate plumbing and traction motor cables
  • Accurate hood door and long hood detail
  • Accurately profiled dynamic brake housings
  • See-through dynamic brake intakes with resistor grid detail
  • Detailed cab interior with separate floor, rear wall, seats, and standard AAR control stand
  • Sliding cab windows
  • Factory-applied wire grab irons, wire lift rings, windshield wipers, snowplows, horns, coupler cut levers, trainline hoses with silver gladhands, sand hatch covers, and much more
  • Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with durable metal semi-scale E Type knuckle couplers
  • Directional LED headlights
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-wheel electrical pick-up
  • Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature
  • Dual flywheels
  • Printing and lettering legible even under magnification
  • Color-matched to Tru-Color Paint colors whenever possible
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Packaging safely stores model
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”
  • DCC & sound equipped locomotives also feature:
    • ESU LokSound 5 DCC & Sound decoder with “Full Throttle” feature
    • Dual cube-type speakers
    • EMD 16 Cylinder 645E3 prime mover
    • ESU designed “PowerPack” with two super capacitors***
    • Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
  • DC/DCC & sound ready locomotives also feature:
    • Operable using a DC power pack
    • DCC-ready with 21-pin connector

* These features only function with an ESU DCC decoder installed while operating in DCC
** During DC operation, class lights illuminate in white. Access to other colors and the ability to change colors requires an ESU DCC decoder while operating in DCC
***“PowerPack” feature only compatible with ESU decoders while operating on a DCC layout