I need info on my new Rio Grande and Espee SD50's

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Espeenut, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. Espeenut

    Espeenut Member

    Ok, I snagged two Athearn SD50's at the show in Seattle, they were going for a price that made them impossible to pass up, one in Espee and the other in Rio Grande. As you all know the first thing you do, when in a safe place to do so, is open up the boxes and gaze admiringly at your new acquisitions. I was doing that and noticed a few items that will have to be addressed, the first one is the pilot plows, I don't recall ever seeing a plow that looks like these on anything. my other question, where are the window wipers?
    The Rio Grande unit has a five chime horn on the front, all the photos I have of these beasts show a three chime at the back in front of the fans. I know the Espee ones were all Rio Grande repaints after Mr. Anschutz bought SP, so when did they make the modifications to the Rio Grande units, and when did they remove the nose lights?
    ...any and all help is gladly accepted...

    Lorne Miller
  2. dean

    dean New Member

  3. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    I too noticed the pilot plow looked odd. I'll have to do some research on it but it seems like it should be taller. Here are some comments on the horn from the email list:

    My attention span to Rio Grande units is limited mostly to before the early 1990's since I prefer Rio Grande units in their mostly original state.

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