Dear HO Customers we have some interesting news from our spies:
Kato will announce New SD40-2's in BN and CN (with IC reporting marks)!
We are excited to announce the introduction of the HO scale EMD
SD40-2 Mid-Production Version of the BN - white face and the CN /
IC Repaint. The CN units were built originally for the Burlington
Northern. They were later purchased by the Illinois Central and are
now owned by the Canadian National. They are used with other CN
power on all types of freight service and are occasionally used in
pool service with other roads. The BN amassed a fleet of 827
SD40-2's between 1972 and 1980. They started out hauling coal
trains out of Wyoming's Powder River Basin and then started moving
transcontinental freight between the West Coast and the Midwest. As
a prototype, this was the most popular second-generation diesel
with sales of over 3000 in the U.S. and more than 700 in Canada.
There were many variations of this popular diesel because of the
long production run. These locomotives will have factory
assembled handrails and grab irons and alternating ditch
lights that run on DC.