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Both photos. Don Me Ginnis

Union Pacific started its love affair with EMD's six-ax le 3000 h.p. SD40-se rie s of lo comotives by buying a ll e ight of the original demonstrators. No . 3014, a bove , was part of the first group of 40 new SD40's built for UP in April 1966. No . 3188, top , built for UP in
1 976 , w h en E MD i ntroduced s everal m odifications w hi ch t he A the arn m od el d isplays , i n c ludin g a n 8 8-inch s nout. T he A thearn a lso d ispl ays t he m ore r ecent c orrugated r ad i ator g ri ll e covers. GSB h as i n c lud ed t he c orr u gat ed c over a s a n o ption . H o wever , E MD a pparently i ntrodu ced t he u se o f t hese c overs i n c onjuncti on w ith t he 8 8 -in ch n ose, p recl udin g t he u se o f b oth o n t he s ame l ocomot ive ! T here m ay h ave b een " trans i tional" u nits p roduced w ith t he s horter n ose a nd c orrugate d g rille , b ut t he e ditors o f P M h ave n o e v i dence t o s upport t his ( should a ny o f y ou r eaders h ave p hotos i nd i ca tin g t he c ontrary, p l ease f eel f ree t o p ass o n t he i nformation). A dding t he s noot n ose p resents n o r eal p roblems , e spec ia lly i f y o u h ave e xperie nc e a sse mblin g p l as ti c m odel a irplane k its. ( Construct ion s teps f or t he s noot a re w ell d ocumented b y t he i nstructions i ncluded w ith t he C anadian P rototype R epli cas k it.)

July 1972 , typifies e ar ly SD40-2 production that introduced such spott ing features as the water level sight glass, bolt-on battery box covers a nd a lternate c la ss ifi cation- light positions at the rear of the unit. I t 's b een m odeled t o r epresent a l ocomotive t hat h a s f ive o r m ore y ears o f s ervi ce w ith out h a v in g p aid a v is it t o t he c ompany p aint s hop. N umber 3 300 i s o ne o f t he f ew s noots d isplaying b oth a n e ar li er v ersio n o f t he U P p aint s che me a nd t he c orrugated r adiator g rille c overs. T h e l ocomot ive's a pparent a ge i s r eflected i n s everal w ay s. O n t he e ng in eer 's s id e y ou c an s ee o il a nd g rime a cc umul at ion s b elow t he h ood d oors . A lso e vident i s a m ixture o f e xhaust s oot a nd s treaks o f o il a nd r oad d irt h igh o n t he h ood s id es a bout t he t urbo s tack a rea. B elow t he c ab , t he b attery b ox d oors s how a n a ccumu lation o f t ypical r oad g rime. T h e f u el t ank h as a w ea lth o f a ccumulated f ue l o il s p ill ed f rom t he m any r efu e lings t he l ocomo ti ve is d epicted t o h ave r eceived. T h ou g h N o . 3 300 h as b een m odeled t o r epresent a l o comot ive w ith s ome a ge , e ven m any n ewer d iesel 10comot i ves d isplay s imilar f uel s pills.

A n ice t ouch e nhancing t he r ealism o f a m odel l ocomotive i s t o o pen a d oor o r t wo. P recision S cale C ompany p roduces b oth b rass a nd p lastic E MD c ab d oors w ith a s eparate w in dow g l ass. B ecau se o f a dded s trengt h , i t's a dvisable t o u se t he b rass . Y ou m ay e ven w ant t o o pen a h ood d oor , b ut d on 't o pen i t t oo f ar o r y ou 'll h ave t o w orry a bout e xposing a v ery u n -prototypical i nter i or' M ost e nthusiasts a nd m odelers a ppear t o b e u nd er t he i llusion t hat U nion P acific l ocomotives a re a lways c lean a nd s hiny. R eality d ictates o therwise; a lthough t he U P i s o ne o f t he v ery b est m anaged a nd o perated r ailroads i n t he c ountry, t heir l ocomotives d o g et d irty j ust l ik e t hose o f t he r oads b ack E ast, a re p eriodically i n t he n eed o f f resh p ain t , a nd d o o ccasionall y o perate w ith h ood d o ors f lapping o pen i n t he b reeze . A m odel e xamp le i s U P N o. 3 300 , r epresentative o f a n i nt ermed i ate S D40-2 e quipped w ith t he s noot n ose .

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