Athearn HO RTR SD50, CSX/Chessie Patched #8557

Athearn HO RTR SD50, CSX/Chessie Patched #8557

ATH86901

Athearn

Regular price $101.24 Sale

CSX FEATURES:

  • Large EMD snow plow
  • Timken roller bearings
  • “Mail slot” battery box doors
  • Cab mounted Nathan K-5 5-chime air horn
  • Whip antenna
  • Small sunshades
  • Wind deflectors
  • Patches and sublettering per prototype

Shortly before and during the time of the CSX merger, the railroad utilized their fleets of ex-Chessie(C&O) SD50 locomotives as helpers in the Cumberland, Maryland mountains. Heavy coal trains and steep grades required extra tractive effort to successfully ascend the mountain passes. The locomotives were hastily patched or sublettered for CSX and released into service, and were repainted at a later time.