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Norfolk and Western EMD SD39 #2965

Product Manufacturer: Athearn
Brand: Ready To Roll
Manufacturer Model: ATH64399
Store Item Number: ATH64399
Quantity In Stock: 1

Norfolk and Western EMD SD39 #2965

  • Detailed Information
  • New Features For All SD39s In This Announcement:
  • All-new LED lighting
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability
  • Photo-etched stainless steel windshield wipers

N&W Features:

  • Ex-ITC
  • Gong style bell
  • Non-dynamic
  • MU hose catch trays on front & rear
  • Engineer side all-weather-window
  • Firecracker antenna
  • Leslie 3-chime horn
  • Each number features different patches and logos per the prototypes
  • On September 1, 1981, the Norfolk and Western Railway purchased the Illinois Terminal Railroad. The former ITC SD39s received “NW” patches on the units to denote their new owner. The bright green and yellow colors provided a splash of variety on the N&W roster. The green paint faded quickly- resulting in a very washed-out appearance for the SD39s.


Locomotive Features:

  • Fully assembled and ready-to-run
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • Separately applied air tanks
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Rubber MU hoses
  • Photo-etch stainless steel windshield wipers
  • Fine scale handrails molded in engineering plastic
  • Non-sound version features 21-pin NEM DCC plug
  • See-through dynamic brake and radiator fans
  • Curved radiator fan grab iron
  • Exhaust stack
  • Frame mounted bell (unless noted)
  • Detailed 4000 gallon fuel tank (unless different capacity is noted)
  • Flexicoil-C trucks with high or low brake cylinders (per prototype)
  • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body featuring new tooling
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • See through cab windows
  • Bi-directional LED lighting
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • 5-pole motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain for trouble-free operation
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Window packaging for easy viewing
  • Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”


Primed For Grime Models Feature:

  • Duplicated look and feel of “In Service”equipment; “Tattered and Torn” just like the real thing
  • Faded base colors matched to the prototype
  • Patches applied and shaped per road number matching each corresponding side to the prototype
  • Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust


Prototype Information:

  • In 1966, EMD updated its locomotive catalog with entirely new models, all powered by the new 645 diesel engine. The SD39 had 2,300 hp from a turbocharged V12. The SD39 had the smallest prime mover of the SD locomotives in the EMD catalog. 54 were built for American railroads.
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  • DCC: Ready/21-Pin NEM
  • Sound: Ready
  • Prototype Manufacturer: EMD
  • Wheel Configuration: 6
  • Lighted: LED Lighting
  • Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
  • Is Assembly Required: No


Made In: China

Product Condition: New

Product Type: Model Train > Locomotive > Diesel Locomotive > EMD (Electro-Motive Division) > SD39
Scale: HO
Reporting Marks: N&W 2965
Norfolk & Western
Norfolk & Western

Found In Catalog: August 2018
Assembly: fully assembled
Age Group: adult