EMD, famous for its successful production of quality locomotives, hit the target once again when the company introduced the SW1500 and its cousin the SW1000 on January 1, 1966. These locomotives were the latest in the SW line of switchers that had been tremendously popular since the mid-1930s. Under their hoods throbbed EMD's newly-released 645E prime mover. The SW1500 sported a 12-cylinder version that developed 1500 hp, and the SW1000 featured a smaller 1000 hp, 8-cylinder version. Externally the two switchers were quite similar; a second exhaust stack and a larger radiator in the top front of the hood distinguished the SW1500, which proved to be the more popular of the two.
The list of optional equipment for the SW1500 - which included a larger fuel tank, smoother-riding trucks, and ballasting to add weight - suggests that EMD expected the locomotive to be used as a true road switcher. Many railroads did just that.
The RailKing SW1500 is sure to be an eye-catching addition to your own model railroad. Put it to work in the yard, or let it show its worth on the main line. M.T.H. is offering this handy loco in a variety of roadnames for fun and versatility, and each is equipped with the power and performance of Proto-Sound 2.0.
Did You Know? Compared with earlier EMD switchers, the SW1000 and SW1500 had a taller cab profile. While this aided visibility for the crew, it caused clearance problems for some industrial customers. To accommodate those users, EMD produced the SW1001 with a smaller cab to accommodate tight conditions in industrial switching areas.