Above is a portion of the Atlas ad introducing
its SD-35 diesel locomotive.
Railroad Model Craftsman's September 1975 issue reviews the Atlas SD-35 beginning
on that issue's page 76. Two pictures are included showing both sides of the Southern Pacific SD-35 example. The
review metnions the model's incorrect "mirror-imaged" handrails that notch down on the engineer's side of the unit's
long hood for step that isn't there. The review also notes the steps coming from the cab are smooth and lacking
step details. A rather tough review, considering that in these days RMC was reviewing beasts like Life-Like's R-T-R
GP-38-2; TYCO's Super 630; and AHM's SD-40 and generally always finding a generous amount of praise for offerings of
this type. Considering what a step forward the Atlas-Roco diesels were, it is a bit surprising how the review now reads
so many years later. Also a bit odd too when one considers that Atlas routinely purchased RMC's back inside cover page
Above is the Atlas SD-35 parts
diagram. You may view it by clicking on the thumbnail image.
Around 1980, Pemco introduced the above pictured SD-35 model.
The model was produced in Hong Kong for Pemco and certainly appears similar to the Atlas-Roco SD-35 of 1975. You
may find information regarding Pemco and its SD-35, by clicking on the image of the Rock Island example pictured above.
Pemco's SD-35 and the company itself was short-lived, but a revised version of this
tooling has surfaced in recent years in the IHC (International Hobby Corp.) line.
The 1980s saw Atlas offer new releases with modification
to the electrical wiring of the GP38 and GP40, but the SD35 built by Roco would not return to the Atlas line following its
1970s appearance. Con-Cor obtained the tooling and produced new runs of the SD35 under their name in the '80s.
Above is a picture of a Conrail SD35 from a Con-Cor offering.