Uncataloged O Gauge RailKing SW1500 Diesel Locomotives Announced At Stockyard Express!!!
May 17, 2021 – M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced an uncataloged RailKing O Gauge SW1500 Diesel Switchers in two exciting paint schemes for exclusive distribution for M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Stockyard Express. Each locomotive will be available in two cab numbers and is limited in production with a scheduled arrival of October 2021.
Item No. 30-20831-1 Cleveland Works Railway SW1500 Diesel Switcher w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 1550
Item No. 30-20840-1 Cleveland Works Railway SW1500 Diesel Switcher w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 1551
Item No. 30-20841-1 Republic Steel SW1500 Diesel Switcher w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 915
Item No. 30-20842-1 Republic Steel SW1500 Diesel Switcher w/Proto-Sound 3.0
Cab No. 916
ABOUT THE RAILKING SW1500 DIESEL SWITCHER
The end-cab switcher was the advance guard of the diesel revolution, working its way onto Class 1 rosters before road diesels were even considered. Compared with the 0-6-0 and 0-8-0 steamers they replaced, the advantages of diesel switchers were obvious: near-instant start-up and shut down, compared with building a fire and later dumping the ashes; and 360-degree visibility in the chaos of the yards and industrial settings where switchers typically worked. From the engineer’s point of view, the new diesels were cleaner, safer, and easier to operate.
At 1500 horsepower, the SW1500 was the last and most powerful of EMD’s SW line of switchers, which traced its roots back to the SW1 of 1939 — when “S” stood for six hundred horsepower, “W” stood for welded frame, and the pre-GM company name was Electro-Motive Corporation. The SW 1500 and its 1000 hp sibling, the SW1000, were the first switchers delivered with EMD’s second-generation model 645 diesel motor. Visually, the only difference between the two was the second exhaust stack on the SW1500 for its 12-cylinder prime mover.
While it sold quite well, with 808 units delivered from 1966–1974, the SW1500 was born into a declining market for purpose-built switchers. EMD’s best-selling Geeps had popularized the do-anything, go-anywhere road switcher concept, and railroads were quick to see the advantage of road engines that could double as switchers when needed. Recognizing this, the designers of the SW1500 conceived what was almost a mini road switcher, giving its crew the all-around visibility of a switcher, but with a beefier, higher-riding body than earlier SW models, more power, and the option of smoother-riding Flexicoil trucks.
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