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Southern Pacific SD45

Athearn EMD SD45 by Cliff West renumbered and detailed using a Details West #200 nose light, #292 bell and #140 plow with MV 24 & 25 lenses.

Kato HO Scale model by Ken Perry

Kato HO Scale SD45 by Ken Perry

1:29 Southern Pacific SD45 9102 by John Welther

One of the many detail differences between orders as noted on the SD45 Proto Page; was the handbrake arrangement.

The first order had a nose mounted ratchet handbrake and the rest had a rear long hood mounted wheel handbrake. This affected the long hood door arrangement, and Jean-Marie from Belgium has contributed drawings of the two arrangements.

L means 22" wide door; S means 18" wide door.

First order door arrangement:

Second order on door arrangement:

Jean-Marie has put into practice his drawings above with a modified P2K SD45 to represent the first order delivered with the ratchet brake handle.


N Scale:

  • Bachmann
  • Con-Cor
  • Model Power
  • Kato

HO Scale:

  • LifeLike
  • Athearn
  • Bachmann
  • Kato

O Scale:

  • ?

G Scale:

See also the model SP SD45R Info page for References.


  • Railroad Model Craftsman Jan, '68 - Plans.
  • Mainline Modeler, Oct. '85 Page 56 - Content Unknown,
  • Mainline Modeler, Sep. '88 Page 39 - Content Unknown.
  • Mainline Modeler, Sep. '92 Page 30 - Modeling SP's SD45's - RPP shell, OMI drive.
  • Model Railroading, Winter '83, Page 37 - Diesel Detail Close-Up, SP 9129.
  • Prototype Modeler, May/Jun '82, Pages 8-18 - Part #1, prototype info and accurizing and Athearn shell.
  • Prototype Modeler, Jul/Aug '82, Page 33 - Part #2, modifying the chassis, painting and lettering.
  • Diesel Locomotive Cyc #2 Page 148 - SD45 Plans.
  • Diesel Data Series Book 1 - EMD's SD45 Hundman Publishing by David Peck - Plans, Photo's, Rosters, Variations.

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