SD40-2 GM locomotive proposal to Frisco showing options and pricing

Discussion in 'SD40-2' started by trainsignguy, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. trainsignguy

    trainsignguy Member Supporter

    Found this recently at a train show. Neat document from General Motors showing proposed pricing and options for eight SD40-2 locomotives to the Frisco. Dated January 26, 1978.

    Dale Rush
    Carthage, MO

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  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks for posting that, Dale. My only HO scale Frisco diesel is an SD40-2. Very interesting list of Frisco's requested factory upgrades. Hard to believe that little ol' gyro light in the nose cost the Frisco an extra $1,460.00!
    Makes me wonder what a new SD70ace costs.
  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Dale -

    Neat. Thanks for posting. Now I know what a Leslie S-5T horn cost!

    Interesting - they describe the pilot Frisco used on 2nd-gen road engines as a "Rock Pilot".

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  4. Jim, A new SD70ace cost 3.6 Million Dollars. Hard to believe the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad just bought three of them!!! It was a major change from the old Alcos(they are still in service, just not on the main freights). Not trying to steal the thread so back to the SD40-2s. Besides looking cool what made the gyro lights worth almost 15 hundred dollars???
  5. Rancho Bob

    Rancho Bob Member

    Personally, I liked the $1,200 toilet. Now I don't feel so bad charging the Government so much for a seat!!!
  6. That's some expensive sh%t! At that cost I'm suprised the Frisco didn't just install there own toilets.
  7. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I did not realize the options costs that much. And that was just 8 locomotives!
  8. john

    john Supporter

    I wonder how much the unit cost for the options might have dropped on a larger order?
  9. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    The horn was a bargain compared to a sand box.
    I am surprised they didn't charge extra for the steering wheel.
  10. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Supporter

    Also note the terminology in reference to the Fireman, or lack there of. That position in the cab was referred to as the "Observer's Side". Also, the option of a 1" solid Benelux cab floor. Does anyone know what Benelex is and was it possibly a sound deadening or cushioning material?

    UPDATE: I went in and looked up the definition of Benelex and it is/was and composite hardboard material manufactured by the Masonite Corp. The basic locomotive option was a probably a steel floor.
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