With the SD45 project now entering the early stages of production, we are officially taking confirmed reservations on the SD40-2 project. This means it is time to start looking forward to what will be the third project offering. There is also an opportunity to increase production to allow for two projects simultaneously, or more accurately, they would be overlapping. Due to the inherent issues of one project losing reservations to another, it will be necessary to produce a more modern project while developing an earlier locomotive type. This should also allow collectors and modelers of different eras to be more involved and should alleviate the problems of choices forced by similar projects running too close together in the future.
The following list of locomotives are garnering serious attention from all of you as well. We will try to keep a list of locomotives that are in serious contention only. Locomotives on this list have a minimum of 10 people wanting one or more locomotives of a certain type. As other locomotives receive more “votes” and reach 10+ requests, they will be applied to this list for future consideration. Stay tuned to this page and the “General News” page for updates and information. Please tell friends and fellow O Scalers to visit this page and give us their suggestions. This is the only way we will know what O Scalers want to see produced.
As of 2/7/18 these are the most popular locomotives requested and they are in order of most requests received. If you have not emailed with a request and would like to see a certain type move up the list, email us your “vote” today.
Please do not register a request if you are not serious about placing a reservation when the time comes. This effort is an attempt to gauge ‘real’ interest in these projects so that we can make an accurate evaluation of serious intent. This method will assist in getting projects accurately queued on the list below and hopefully get them to production more quickly due to the fact we won’t have to guess what model to place into production. This makes researching easier and also facilitates communication with prototype manufacturers when procuring information. If taken seriously, this will cut time between projects considerably.
1) – NS Heritage Fleet (see note ** below)
2) – DDA40X (see note **** below)
3) – GP7 & GP9
4) – SD7, SD9, SD18, SD24 & SD26
5) – C44-9W & AC4400 (possibly with C40-8 and C40-8W)
6) – GP38 & GP40
7) – F Units
8) – SD70, SD70M & SD70MAC
9) – RS1, 2 & 3
There are other types that have been suggested, but we’ll need more requests to add them to this list. If we continue to get requests for any of these units, it will certainly help toward ensuring they will be produced in the future. So if there is interest, please drop us an email and let us know.
** The NS Heritage units will be produced over a number of years so that they may be affordable for those who would like to have them all. The number NS 1030, which is seen on the turntable in the famous roundhouse photo below, will also be made available for a total of 21 units.
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The NS Heritage units are GE’s ES44AC and EMD’s SD70Ace type locomotives. These locomotives were also produced for other railroads and will be made available during the course of the releases of NS Heritage models. Email for further details and information or to express interest in this project.
**** The DDA40X will ONLY be produced in a limited quantity of 50 models. This will also ONLY be available in the premium version due to the low quantity. The model will likely be priced at $6,000 per unit, but it will be fully detailed inside and out as the premium version of the SD40-2 project is to be. Several of these have already been spoken for on a preliminary basis. Several people who have expressed interest have asked about the possibility of getting a Union Pacific SD40-2 in the 8000 series to run with a pair of DD40s as they were most often seen together in the prototype as in the photos below.
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These same people have requested two DD40s if they are able to get a premium SD40-2 from the current project. There will be Union Pacific 8000 series SD40-2s available for reservation on the SD40-2 project in the event others would like to own a fully prototypical set. Please email with interest or questions.