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 new 645E prime mover; the SW1500 sported a 12-cylinder version that developed 1500 hp. 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.Returning to the RailKing Scale line for 2016, our SW1500 has everything you’d want in a yard switcher or road switcher: front and rear remote Proto- Couplers, smooth performance at any speed down to 3 scale miles per hour, dual-motor power, and authentic EMD sounds.