Pre-Order | Next Shipment May 2024
Brand Logo
4.8 out of 5 Customer Rating

HO SW1500 Locomotive with DCC & Sound, Rock Island #940

Item No.
Athearn - ATH29762
Pre-Order | Next Shipment May 2024
Brand Logo
4.8 out of 5 Customer Rating

HO SW1500 Locomotive with DCC & Sound, Rock Island #940

Item No.
Athearn - ATH29762
Product $294.99
Add Ons
Estimated Total: $294.99

HO SW1500 Locomotive with DCC & Sound, Rock Island #940

Item No.
Athearn - ATH29762
4.8 out of 5 Customer Rating
Product $294.99
Add Ons
Estimated Total: $294.99
RC Club points earned on this item shown at checkout.
Selected Store

Product Details


  • Flexicoil Trucks
  • Firecracker antenna
  • Large fuel tank
  • MU hoses
  • Hood-mounted handrails
  • Nathan P-5 horn
  • Footboards on both ends

The Rock Island was a prolific user of switchers, and while the road owned many makes of the type, EMD was the favored builder. The Rock owned a sizeable group of EMD SW1200s; when they went looking for additional switchers in 1966, they found that the SW1200 had been replaced in the catalog by the SW1500. The SW1500s were optioned much the same as the SW1200s, having the same Flexicoil trucks, hood-mounted handrails, and paint scheme. All outlasted the Rock itself and found employment elsewhere after the 1980 bankruptcy.


  • Lit ground lights
  • Detailed cab interior
  • Drop steps unless noted
  • MU stands
  • Dual exhaust stacks
  • Printed numberboards
  • Fine scale handrails
  • Signal hoses as appropriate to the prototype road (MU capability was a railroad specified option for these locos, and some railroads did not order it).
  • Front and rear trainline hoses with silver glad hands
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • See-through radiator intake grille and cab windows
  • Low or high mounted windshield wipers per prototype
  • Rectangular or oval builder’s plate where appropriate
  • Separately applied air tank
  • McHenry® scale knuckle couplers - Kadee® compatible
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Improved 5-pole skew wound can motor with flywheels and multi-link drivetrain
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body
  • Interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Minimum radius: 18”


  • Operating ground lights
  • Newly designed can motor is more powerful and quieter than before
  • DCC-ready models feature 21-pin plug
  • DCC & sound models feature Economi sound with single cube speaker
  • LED lighting for long life and reliable operation

    • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Economi sound
    • Single cube speaker for optimal sound quality
    • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
    • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
    • Some functions are limited in DC
    • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
    • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
    • Excellent low-speed operation
    • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
    • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
    • CV chart included in the box


    An EMD SW1500 is a 4-axle diesel switcher locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between 1966 and 1974. It is similar in appearance to the EMD SW1000 model, which has a different engine and has one exhaust stack while the SW1500 has two.

    Power was provided by an EMD 645E 12-cylinder engine which generated 1,500 horsepower. This locomotive was built on the same common frame as the EMD SW1000, giving it an overall length of 44 feet 8 inches.

    The SW1500 featured a bulkier carbody and was a bit heavier from earlier models although its intended use remained the same, working light branch lines or in industrial settings. Many railroads regularly used SW1500s for road freight service.

    Product Specifications

    Lighting LED
    Sound Econami
    Axles 4
    Era 1941-1970, 1971-1990, 1991-2009
    Prototype Manufacturer EMD
    Reporting Mark RI
    Scale HO
    DCC Equipped
    Sub Brand ATHEARN