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EMD SD45T-2 vs SD40T-2 radiator fan motor access doors.
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SP 8238, an EMD DS40-T2, eastbound at Caliente, California, in the late 1980s.
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EMD SD40T-2 Diesel Electric Locomotive
The SD40T-2 is a 6-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division having a 16-cylinder EMD 645E3 diesel engine producing 3,000 horsepower (2,240 kW). 312 SD40T-2s were built for North American railroads between April 1974 and July 1980. This locomotive and the SD45T-2 are popularly called tunnel motors, but EMD's term is SD40-2s with "cooling system modifications" because they were designed for better engine cooling in tunnels. The difference between this locomotive and its non-tunnel motor cousin, the SD40-2, are the radiator intakes and radiator fan grills located at the rear of the locomotive. The radiator air intakes in this model were along the deck to allow more fresh, cooler air to enter and less hot exhaust fumes lingering around the tunnel's ceiling.
This locomotive model was purchased by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and its subsidiary Cotton Belt. Southern Pacific's version has a 4,400-US-gallon (16,700 L; 3,660 imp gal) fuel tank and is 70 feet 8 inches (21.54 m) long. Rio Grande's version has a smaller 4,000-US-gallon (15,100 l; 3,330 imp gal) fuel tank. After merging with Rio Grande, the Southern Pacific and later Union Pacific owned every SD40T-2.
In 2005, most of these units were owned by Union Pacific or leasing companies. By 2008, none were left in service on UP with SP or DRGW reporting marks. DRGW 5371 was the last one, retired in March 2008, and now resides at the Utah State Railroad Museum in Ogden Utah. Another SD40T-2 is preserved at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. UP still runs a few units repainted in its own livery.
Railroad: Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Railroad: St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt)
Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Railroad: Alabama & Tennessee River
Railroad: America Latina Logistica
Railroad: Fort Worth and Western Railroad
Railroad: Buffalo & Pittsburgh
Railroad: Ferrovia Centro Atlântico (Brazil) Rebuilt as 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge BB40T-2s.
Railroad: Indiana & Ohio
Railroad: Kansas City Southern
Railroad: MNA (Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad)
Railroad: New York Susquahanna & Western
Railroad: Respondek Rail Corporation (Squaw Creek Southern Railroad)
Railroad: R.J. Corman
Railroad: Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA)
Railroad: Union Pacific
Railroad: Wheeling & Lake Erie
Railroad: Independent Locomotive Service (ILSX)
EMD SD40T-2 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division
Build date: June 1974 – July 1980
Total produced: 312
AAR wheel arrangement: C-C
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length: 70 ft 8 in (21.54 m)
Fuel capacity: 4,400 US gal (16,700 l; 3,660 imp gal)
Prime mover: EMD 645E3
Engine type: V16 diesel
Power output: 3,000 hp (2,240 kW)
Notes: 409 kN (92,000 lbf) (starting)
Notes: 365 kN (82,000 lbf) (continuous)
Operators: Southern Pacific (and Cotton Belt), Rio Grande, Union Pacific
Nicknames "tunnel motors"
Locale: Western United States
Disposition: most still in service as of 2010
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