SD40T-2 No. 5347
As of November 1991
This left-side oblique view shows a unit from the first group of Rio Grande tunnel motors. It was about 17 years old at time of the photo, and still carried most original features (with the addition of the positive traction control system).
Rio Grande's SD40T-2s came in several groups, as shown in this table.
|Number Range||Date Purchased||Comments|
|5341 - 5355||Oct 1974||"Short" (81-inch) nose. (All SD40T-2s were delivered in the billboard "Rio Grande" scheme.)|
|5356 - 5366||July 1975||"Short" nose|
|5367 - 5373||Aug 1975||"Short" nose|
|5374 - 5385||Jan 1977||"Long" (88-inch) nose|
|5386 - 5397||Aug 1978||"Long" nose. Low-nose light mounted in external box.|
|5398 - 5413||Mar 1980||"Long" nose. Leslie horns.|
Specific information for individual units may be found on the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society's SD40T-2 page.
(1) Leslie P-3 horn. This unit has had its Nathan horn replaced.
(2) Engine number on rear flank of unit.
(3) Wheel-slip sensor cables.
(4) Handbrake chain and bracket.
(5) Running light.
(7) Drainpipe mounted on front of fuel tank.
(8) 4000-gallon fuel tank. Note the large gap between tank and the lead truck.
(9) Radiator intake grilles: the distinctive feature of the Tunnel Motor (along with the actual radiators, located above).
(10) Rerail frog.
See the detail page for SD40T-2 No. 5350 for
additional details and comments.
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