Starting point for HO N&W SD40

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Wed Feb 19 11:25:24 EST 2014

Depends on what you want in a chassis. Athearn or Kato? Or even IHC? However, as I remember, the Athearn is a "Dash 2," and the Kato probably is as well. I think the IHC is a "regular" SD40, but it will give you some other issues to deal with, such as handrails and coupler mounts. (but the shell separated from the walkway casting will make hi nosing easier) Remember, N&W had "Dash 2's" as well. For all around detail and economy, I would recommend the Athearn. For overall quality (regardless of price), go with the Kato.

Jim Nichols

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I’m not finding any N&W SD40’s out there for sale so it looks like I’ll have to make my own.
Which model when stripped of paint, converted to high hood, and painted would be the best starting point for an N&W SD40?
Carl Woods
Richmond, VA
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