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HO SD70M Locomotive with DCC & Sound, RJCC 50th Anniversary #1973

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LEGENDARY LIVERIES

What are Legendary Liveries? An Athearn exclusive, they are the ultimate answer to “What if?” Featuring some of the most popular railroad paint schemes of all time, these models are perfect for collecting, protofreelancing, or just plain fun! Whether company proposed paint schemes, canceled locomotive orders, or alternate takes on history, Legendary Liveries are fun and unique additions to any roster. Enjoy these items, and answer the ultimate railroad question of: “What if?”

PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:

Continuing upon the successful SD60-series, in 1992 EMD debuted the next step in locomotive evolution with the SD70-series. While outwardly similar at first glance to the SD60M, the D.C.-drive SD70M 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 traveled all over North America, showing off the latest technology from EMD. Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad requested a 4300 horsepower version resulting in the SD75M. As production continued, EMD incorporated their new “Whisper Cab” design resulting in the SD75I. The updated cab SD75I was purchased by Santa Fe successor Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, Canadian National, and the Ontario Northland.

  • Customer requested RJ Corman and Indiana Rail Road
  • Primed for Grime versions for modern HO modelers
  • Unique Western Pacific and Arizona & California Legendary Liveries

SD70 SERIES LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU stands
  • Lift rings
  • Walkway tread
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, and breather pipes
  • EMD HTCR trucks, early with hidden bearings, or late with exposed bearings per prototype
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Accurately painted and printed paint schemes
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Flexible Trainline and MU hoses
  • Windshield wipers
  • Wire grab irons
  • Sanding lines
  • Speed recorder unless noted
  • See-through cab windows and full cab interior
  • Body-mounted McHenry® scale knuckle couplers - Kadee® compatible
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • LED lighting for realistic appearance
  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
  • Minimum radius: 18” — Recommended radius: 22”

SOUND-EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE:

  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Precision slow speed control
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • CV chart included in the box

PRIMED FOR GRIME MODELS FEATURE:

  • Duplicated look and feel of “In Service” equipment
  • Faded base colors matched to the prototype
  • Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust

ROAD NUMBER SPECIFIC FEATURES:

  • #3971 “Replacement” equipment doors under cab (lighter yellow), K3LA horn
  • #3973 “Replacement” equipment doors under cab (lighter yellow), K3LA horn, PTC antennas
  • #4354 Flat radiators, non-standard K5LA horn, PTC Antennas, repainted with flag and “Building America” slogan
  • #4090 “Replacement” equipment doors under cab (lighter yellow), “replacement” door under right side radiator section with partial “Building America” lettering, “replacement” 1st radiator fan, slightly-faded paintwork
  • #4293 “Peeling” paint on top of cab and carbody, slightly-faded paintwork
  • #2636 Ex-NS 2636
  • #2643 Ex-NS 2643
  • #1973 50th anniversary paint scheme
  • #2023 50th anniversary paint scheme
  • #2645 Standard paint scheme, large cab side numbers
  • #2648 Standard paint scheme, small cab side numbers

UP #3971, #3973, #4354 FEATURES:

  • Front pilot mounted ditch lights
  • 5000 gallon fuel tank
  • Front EMD low snowplow

UP #4090, #4293 FEATURES:

  • Flat radiators
  • PTC antennas
  • Front round-top ditch lights
  • K3LA horn
  • Standard sunshades
  • Freight-style brake wheel
  • Standard bell

PRLX FEATURES:

  • Front plow
  • Nathan K5LAR24 horn
  • Flared 4-panel radiators
  • Offset turbocharger doors
  • Front and rear deck mounted ditch lights
  • Spare knuckles on rear plot

RJCC FEATURES:

  • Flared 4-panel radiators
  • PTC antennas
  • K5LA horn
  • Front and rear ditch lights (alternate with horn activation on DCC/sound version)

INRD FEATURES:

  • Flared 4-panel radiators
  • PTC antennas
  • K5LA horn
  • Front and rear ditch lights (alternate with horn activation on DCC/sound version)

WP FEATURES:

  • Flat radiators
  • M-5 Horn
  • Front round-top ditch lights
  • Standard sunshades
  • Freight-style brake wheel
  • Standard bell

ARZC FEATURES:

  • Flat radiators
  • M-5 Horn
  • Front round-top ditch lights
  • Standard sunshades
  • Freight-style brake wheel
  • Standard bell

BNSF FEATURES:

  • Front plow
  • Nathan K3LA 3-Chime horn on square bracket
  • Isolated cab
  • Turbo bulge
  • 4-Step ATSF/BNSF style walkway
  • Front deck mounted ditch lights
  • Spare knuckles on rear plot

Product Specs

DCC
Equipped
Lighting
LED
Sound
Yes
Axles
6
Nose Configuration
North American safety-cab
Minimum Radius
18"
Paint Scheme
50th Anniversary #1973
Reporting Mark
RJCC
Sub Brand
GENESIS
Full Road Name
RJ Corman
Scale
HO
Wheel Configuration
C-C
Coupler Style
McHenry Scale Knuckle
Era
2010-Present Day
Prototype Manufacturer
EMD
Truck Style
HT-C