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Old 09-10-2019, 11:39 PM   #1
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Thoughts on the the new Athearn RTR SD40-2's

Thinking about getting a couple, what do you think of them? Especially the ones with dcc and sound.

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There's nothing not to like...
They're pretty much road specific, e.g., light package, ditch lights, antennas, etc.
Athearn RTR hood diesels are generally very good.

IMO, the SD40-2 is quite possibly the most over-produced 'ad nauseam' locomotive in the hobby. Just about every manufacturer has offered it. The market has been literally flooded with them... as was the prototype market -- it was a hugely popular locomotive, and EMD's hottest seller.
That's not to say I wouldn't own one... If the right one came along I'd jump on it. I have my eye on a second-hand RivetCounter.
SoundTraxx/Tsunami sound is very good.
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This is the Athearn RTR SD40-R...
(basically the same thing).

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Beings I can no longer add small detail parts it was nice to see parts like the windshield wipers and some other details being pre installed. Plus the price is quite attractive.

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After final production almost 50 years ago, many are still in service today.
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I guess its hard not to overly offer what sells. I don't have one though.
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RTR vs Genesis
(and any standard vs premium line).


If you place an Athearn RTR and a Genesis next to each other, and look closely, you'll see a definite dissimilarity in the quality of detail to 'justify' the Genesis price.
However, if you separate them, and run them around the layout, you won't spot the difference so easily.
When both are on my rails at the same time, folks in attendance rarely know which is which.

The only Genesis diesels I own are because the Black Widow paint scheme wasn't offered in a RTR version.
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The only Genesis diesels I own are because the Black Widow paint scheme wasn't offered in a RTR version.
Not really true...
I forgot that I have a Genesis Norfolk Southern SD75M.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:53 PM   #9
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Took a look at one today and I was very impressed only not knowing much about the RTR models. I have bought many models over the years and added many details but at the age of my eyesight and hands not quite what they used to be it was nice to see a model at a reasonable price with most of the details in place.

Btw I did buy one, the United way UP SD40-2 that I have many pictures of. It matches up pretty well. The United way sign never really stayed in the same place over the years, I have pictures of the sign moved back and forth from time to time. Most likely during service it was taken off and not reinstalled in the same place when it was in the shop.

Nice engine overall.

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