Huge rumor: Athearn to release RTR SD45T-2's

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Dave Plummer, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. Dave Plummer

    Dave Plummer New Member

    This reported to me at the LHS this morning from the owner who is at the NMRA show. This could be huge if it turns out to be true!

  2. atsfman

    atsfman New Member

    TrainOrders forum is carrying the list of roads names, etc. Seems Athearn is also doing an SD45-2 along with the SD45-2T, and the dash 2 will include Santa Fe. I am have to consider running an Athearn.
  3. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    Another forum states that this is just a rumor, but with the RPP SD45-2 shell I don't know why they wouldn't do it. It does say that Athearn did announce the GP-35 from the RPP shell. Good I need some!!!
  4. pdt

    pdt Member

    Athearn will do the SD45-2 from the RPP shell, but what I've heard about the SD45T-2 is that it's all new. The GP35 is one I'm looking forward to. They were very common in photos I have of the Santa Fe around Tehachapi Loop.

    There's also word that two different manufacturers are going to produce the MP15 and MP15AC. That should be interesting. I'd love to have SP 2727 (it was a fixture at the Horne St. yard in Fort Worth).
  5. Dave Plummer

    Dave Plummer New Member

    The SD45-2 may not be comming accoring to Train Orders forum. Seems odd since they have the dies for the shells. I guess a little patience is in order.

    Can anyone keep us up to date on the great Harry Wong photo albums that always get posted after these events?

  6. 2slim

    2slim Member

    Guess it's not a rumor after all guys!

    Here's a photo which was posted on Yahoo group 'Western prototype modelers ' by Harry Wong I think, sorry if I am wrong. This is pre production from Athearn.

    2slim :thumb:
  7. pdt

    pdt Member

    Word usually hits the D List pretty quick, Dave, so I'll post here as soon as I know anything about Harry's photo gallery. In the meantime, here's Harry's homepage on Pbase:
  8. pdt

    pdt Member

    Close, in a way I suppose, but that's Ryan "Espeeboy" Martin's gallery. He and Harry took several photos together at the Vegas show last year and both have Pbase accounts.
  9. 2slim

    2slim Member

  10. Dave Plummer

    Dave Plummer New Member

    Take it from a guy who has kit bashed two of these puppies, that model is AMAZINGLY good. Notice the roof conduits and the airline for the roof top bell. Can wait to see the finished product.

    This thing will smash many boycotts!

  11. pdt

    pdt Member

    The SD50 really set a new standard, even beyond the SD70M/75M in the Genesis line, as far as what's to be expected from Athearn. It appears that this locomotive is living up to that standard. In fact, with the bell and air line applied to the model and the see-through radiator intakes, I think it's safe to say they've exceeded expectations.

    Look for Harry Wong's photos in the next day or so.
  12. pdt

    pdt Member

    Here's the word from Harry Wong, and you won't believe the first photo he has posted of the SD45T-2:

  13. dean

    dean New Member

    This release is a welcomed model by all SP and DRGW fans! From the shots Harry has provided, this appears to be a nicely detalied model. It will be nice to see one finished in both roads!

    Santa Fe all the Way - Emporia Sub circa 1976
  14. atsfman

    atsfman New Member

    Hey Dean, good to know the Emporia sub is alive and well.

    Bob Miller
  15. dean

    dean New Member

    Thanks Bob, been taking time to get caught up on modeling and chores around the house. Nice to see familar names and faces here. Thanks go to Jim Fitch for letting me know about this forum and the fellow members from the Atlas Forum that are here.

    Santa Fe All the Way - Emporia Sub Circa 1976
  16. pdt

    pdt Member

  17. dean

    dean New Member

    Wow, those ATSF SD26's look sharp and that is a pre-production model I am guessing we are seeing! Harry, many thanks for the front line report and the pictures so those of us that could not get to the left coast can see what is being offered.
  18. Espeenut

    Espeenut Member

    ...hey there Dave, I was there, I saw it, its even better up close and personal, they had to pry me away so others could take a look as well. John Engstrom asked " I guess you like it..." Boy, understatement of the year!! This is going to set me back a few dollars as I'll need at least four or more of these puppies! more with you later,

    Lorne Miller
  19. dean

    dean New Member

    Just from the pre-production shots that Harry and others have posted, I am going to have to think real hard to justify having a couple of these in the middle of Kansas on the ATSF! :thumb:
  20. atsfman

    atsfman New Member

    Hey Dean, I have two on pre-order already of the SD26. I have a couple of the SD24's already, and they get run often during op sessions, even though they never made it to 1989. I guess as we get older, we get more forgiving of those things, however, only had the BLI 3751 out during an op session once, and it stopped the session. Gotta get those workers in line.

    Anyway those SD26's will look just as good in OKlahoma as in Kansas.


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