In early 1988, Santa Fe began relocating the headlights on its power from above the cab windows to the nose in an attempt to reduce glare reflected into the cab during foggy or blizzard conditions. This made the Mid Production Santa Fe SD40-2s (and their descendents in the BNSF) different in form to their cousins. Over the years, other changes were made, including the migration of the airhorn further away from the cab and the installation of air condinioners to make the operation of their SD40-2s a more pleasant experience for the crew.
- Nose 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