As a prototype, the SD40-2 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 – “Mid” versions had large anti-climbers (the front porch area of the locomotive) and deck mounted ditch lights necessary for meeting modern FRA standards . The BN amassed a fleet of 827 SD40-2's between 1972 and 1980, starting out hauling coal trains out of Wyoming's Powder River Basin and then started moving transcontinental freight between the West Coast and the Midwest.
- Cab Headlight Version
- All handrails and grab irons are factory installed, making the model ready to go out of the box
- Functional ditch lights that can be switched between alternating and steady modes on-the-fly
- Directional Golden White LED headlights and illuminated preprinted numberboards
- Sound friendly construction with a speaker housing in the fuel tank