HO SD70M w/Flared Radiators, NS/Horsehead #2618

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ROADNAME AND ROAD NUMBER SPECIFIC FEATURES

BNSF SD75I

  • Paint scheme: red and silver Warbonnet
  • All-new long hood with longer electrical compartment to compensate for shortened cab
  • Operating round top ditch lights
  • EMD low snowplow without door
  • Engineer-side nose door with window and angled top
  • Late nose mounted dual sealed-beam headlight
  • Square base sand fill
  • Isolated cab
  • Cab front windshield frame
  • Early desktop cab interior
  • Small cab side mirror
  • Long sunshades with track
  • Nathan AirChime K3 air horn
  • SD70/75M series battery box door
  • Turbo bulge
  • Early dynamic brake grille intake
  • 48" 2-speed radiator Q-Fans
  • 4-step ATSF/BNSF style walkway
  • Late jacking pads including AEI tag
  • HTCR-II steerable trucks
  • Late speed recorder
  • Late 5,000 gallon fuel tank
  • Rear mounted fuel tank breather pipe
  • Late fuel tank breather up pipe and down pipe
  • Stem mounted dial type fuel gauge
  • Salem air filter set with pipe
  • Late EFCO button
  • Era: 1997+

Canadian National SD70

  • #1002, #1008 and #1012 include
    • SD70 Spartan Cab battery box doors
    • Walkway spare knuckle basket
    • Intermediate HTCR steerable trucks
    • Early speed recorder
    • Early 5,000 gallon fuel tank
    • Stem mounted dial type fuel gauge
  • #1002
    • Canadian style snowplow; era: 2012+
  • #1008
    • Tall snowplow; era: 2010+
  • #1012
    • Tall snowplow; era: 2008+
  • #1039
    • EMD low snowplow without door
    • Late (IC) SD70 Spartan Cab battery box doors
    • HTCR-II steerable trucks
    • Late speed recorder
    • Late 5,000 gallon fuel tank
    • Late digital fuel gauge
    • Era: 2006+
  • All Road Numbers
    • Ex-Illinois Central
    • All-new long hood
    • Operating flat top ditch lights with angled kickplate
    • 88" nose
    • Integrated Cab Electronics (ICE) equipment bulge on the right-hand side of the nose
    • Sand fill
    • Spartan Cab with dual sealed beam headlight, glare shields, and number boards
    • Spartan Cab interior
    • Fore and aft wind deflectors with upper mirror
    • Short sunshades with bracket
    • Air conditioner
    • Rectangular cab vent
    • Nathan AirChime K5HR-24 air horn
    • Early dynamic brake grille intake
    • 48" 2-speed radiator Q-Fans
    • 4-step walkway
    • Side sill mounted AEI tag
    • Early jacking pads
    • Truck light details (non-operating)
    • L-shaped breather down pipe
    • Late fuel tank breather up pipe and down pipe
    • Prime air dryer
    • Left rear underbody plumbing
    • Prime air filter set with pipe
    • Late EFCO button

Norfolk Southern SD70M with Flared Radiators

  • Paint scheme: Horsehead
  • First time with flared radiators
  • FIRE cab with interior details
  • Late SD70M flared carbody with offset turbocharger doors (3-door)
  • Operating front and rear deck mounted ditch lights without kick plate
  • EMD low snowplow without door
  • FIRE cab sand fill
  • FIRE cab walkway
  • Interior with AAR control stand
  • Small cab side mirror
  • Short sunshades with track
  • Nathan AirChime K5 air horn
  • SD70/75M series battery box door
  • Late dynamic brake grille intake
  • 4-panel radiator intake grille
  • Phase II 2-speed "Q" fans
  • Tab mounted AEI tag
  • Early jacking pads
  • HTCR-II steerable trucks
  • Late speed recorder
  • Truck light details (non-operating)
  • Late 5,000 gallon fuel tank
  • L-shaped breather down pipe
  • Late fuel tank breather down pipe
  • Late digital fuel gauge
  • Tab mounted LSL indicator light
  • Electrical junction box
  • Prime air dryer
  • Prime air filter set with pipe
  • Small EFCO button
  • Era: 2003+

Union Pacific SD70M with Flared Radiators

  • First time with flared radiators
  • Operating round top ditch lights
  • Late SD70M flared carbody with offset turbocharger doors (2-door)
  • EMD low snowplow without door
  • Without nose door
  • Tall round sand fill
  • Standard "M" cab
  • High headlight with single roof grab iron
  • Late desktop cab interior
  • Small cab side mirror
  • Short sunshades with track
  • Nathan AirChime K3 air horn
  • Sinclair and small "can" EOT antennas
  • SD70/75M series battery box door
  • Late dynamic brake grille intake
  • 2-panel radiator intake grille
  • Phase II 2-speed "Q" fans
  • Late 4-step walkway
  • Early jacking pads including AEI tag
  • Truck light details (non-operating)
  • HTCR-II steerable trucks
  • Late speed recorder
  • Late 5,000 gallon fuel tank
  • L-shaped breather down pipe
  • Late fuel tank breather down pipe
  • Stem mounted dial type fuel gauge
  • Prime air dryer
  • Prime air filter set with pipe
  • Large EFCO button
  • Era: 2002+

MODEL FEATURES

  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • Front and rear trainline air hose with silver ends
  • Multiple unit (MU) hoses with silver ends
  • Coupler cut levers with loops
  • Pilot face mounted open MU receptacle with cable
  • Round pilot face mounted open MU receptacle with round base
  • Closed pilot mounted MU receptacle
  • Pilot face spare knuckle and bracket
  • Late front and rear anticlimber
  • Safety tread on the walkways
  • Anti-glare panel painted on the nose
  • Windshield wipers
  • See through cab windows
  • Detailed and painted cab interior with control stand, display screens, detailed crew seats
  • Freight brake wheel
  • See-through radiator fans
  • Lift rings
  • Factory installed wire grab irons
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Underframe mounted bell
  • Low mount stepwell lights (non-operating)
  • Dual sanding lines
  • Rear pilot drop grab iron (MU hose retainer)
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector
  • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately painted and printed paint schemes
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on Code 70, 83, and 100 rail
  • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
  • Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
  • Minimum radius: 18"
  • Recommended radius: 22"

PROTOTYPE HISTORY

Continuing upon the successful SD60-series, in 1992 EMD debuted the next step in locomotive evolution with the SD70. While outwardly similar at first glance to the SD60, the D.C.-drive SD70 featured several external design refinements from the predecessor model. Battery boxes were relocated to the left-hand side walkway immediately behind the cab, a large, boxy forward traction motor blower housing replaced the angular version used on SD60s, the raised walkway duct on the left hand walkway was eliminated, and an intake for the rear traction motor blower on the left hand side of the carbody, directly under the rear radiator intake grill, was added.

Internally, the SD70 boasted improvements as well; a 16-710GB prime mover, rated at 4,000hp, was coupled to a new alternator design, the AR20. New D70TR traction motors were standard, and controlling all of this power and locomotive function was EMD’s new EM2000 microprocessor, which boasted more memory, twice the processing speed, and improved locomotive self-diagnostic capabilities compared to the processor suite used in the SD60. Even more revolutionary was the inclusion of EMD’s patented "Radial" truck design, the HTC-R. This design, which made its debut under EMD Demo SD60 #3, replaced the venerable HT-C truck, and is unique in its ability to shift, or "steer", the wheelsets laterally through curves, resulting in greatly reduced wheelset and track wear, and coupled with the new D70TR traction motors and EM2000 microprocessor, greatly improved adhesion.

Continuing with previous practice, EMD built a set of Demonstrator SD70Ms, EMD 7000-7002, all equipped with the North American safety-cab (hence the "M" in their model designation), and decked out in an attractive gray, silver, and burgundy paint scheme. These units travelled all over North America, showing off the latest technology from EMD. Eastern giant Norfolk Southern liked what it saw, and was the first to order SD70s, but with a twist; instead of having them equipped with the increasingly popular (and soon to be standard) "M" cab, they opted for standard, or "Spartan" cabs on their initial orders. The first production SD70s, NS 2501-2506, built in 1993, were quickly followed by additional units; NS 2507-2531, also built in 1993, and NS 2532-2556, built in 1994. They could be found in a variety of assignments over the NS system, and even saw run-through service on connecting roads, such as Southern Pacific, making appearances on the West Coast.

Western giant Southern Pacific also liked what it saw in the EMD Demonstrator set, and purchased 25 SD70Ms in 1994, SP 9800-9824. Intended to bolster their fleet of rapidly aging six-axle locomotives, the new EMDs were a welcome sight to SP crews and were commonly found on the "I-5 Corridor" between Southern California and Oregon, typically running in pairs on manifest trains of forest products, as well as service on hot intermodal trains.

The year 1995 saw additional SD70 customers, including Canadian National, who purchased yet another variant of the SD70-series, the SD70I, with the "I" signifying the safety cab being equipped with isolating rubber gaskets for the crew compartment, reducing the transmission of engine vibration and noise to the cab. Western road Santa Fe, always hungry for high-horsepower locomotives to speed its hot intermodal trains, purchased yet another variant, the SD75M. The SD75M featured 4,300hp, and externally was almost identical to the SD70M, save for an equipment bulge on the right side of the long hood, underneath the inertial intake grill.

As the 1990s continued, so did SD70-series orders; some repeat, while new buyers, such as Illinois Central, stepped up to the plate with orders. While mergers and takeovers would alter the ownership picture even further...such as Santa Fe’s 51 units becoming part of BNSF in 1995, and SP’s 25 units going to Union Pacific in 1996 (with the success of these units likely influencing UP’s decision to eventually order over 1,000 SD70Ms)...an even bigger change was coming. As a result of more stringent Environmental Protection Agency exhaust emissions regulations taking effect, the SD70-series needed a redesign to help meet these new guidelines. To improve engine cooling and to reduce emissions, in 2000, EMD redesigned the radiator compartment on the SD70M, flaring the radiator intake panels outward, resulting in an appearance reminiscent of EMD’s classic SD45 from the 1960s. Union Pacific, as well as Norfolk Southern, purchased SD70Ms featuring the flared radiators. The year 2002 brought about yet another change to the SD70M design; around the same time EMD introduced its FIRE (Functionality Integrated Railroad Electronics) electronic control system, the "M" cab design was revised yet again, to a more angular, easier-to-fabricate design that has, to date, remained unique to the SD70M. NS and UP both purchased units featuring this revised cab, as well as the flared radiators, giving them a dramatically different appearance in comparison to earlier production SD70Ms. As of this writing, the SD70M has been superseded by the SD70M-2 in EMD’s domestic catalog. However, the sheer number of units built of various versions...SD70, SD70M, SD70I, SD75M, etc. ...as well as their success with their respective owners, ensures that this family of locomotives will be in service for many years to come.

With the success of this locomotive family and its evolution over the years, it is only fitting that Athearn Genesis offer an all-new model of this popular EMD locomotive. Featuring all-new tooling, we have set out to cover the many variants of the SD70-series as accurately as possible, from Norfolk Southern’s initial "Spartan Cab" units, all the way to the final FIRE-cab, flared-radiator versions built for NS and UP. While Athearn Genesis broke new ground and revolutionized the hobby in the late 90’s with the original release of the SD70-series, we’re doing it again in the new millennium with this all-new release.

HO SD70M w/Flared Radiators, NS/Horsehead #2618

[ATHG69186]

Retail Price: $199.98

Due Late December, 2014

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