I checked out one of the new Lionel SD45s during an Open House on Black Friday. The Lionel shell, from the side sills up, looked to me like it was an O-scale version of the HO Kato SD45. That Kato model came out about 20 years ago, so it is no longer state of the art. Furthermore, Bachmann, Proto-2000 and ScaleTrains have all released their own plastic HO Scale SD45s. The detailing on ScaleTrain's HO Scale "Rivet Counter" SD45 blows away the detailing on the Lionel and the other HO scale models.E7 wrote:I was hoping Chris W. might have weighed in somewhere along the way
That ScaleTrains HO SD45 sells for $275 (with sound and DCC), the Lionel is going for $600-$700 on eBay and the used Oriental (from 20+ years ago, without sound or DCC) sells for $1,356, if you can find one.
I guess the lesson here is that a rational person who wants to model a railroad with SD45s you should do so in HO..... but model railroading isn't the most rational use of time.