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N Scale - Fox Valley - 71102 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD70 - Arkansas & Missouri - 71

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Stock Number 71102
Original Retail Price $130.00
Brand Fox Valley
Manufacturer Fox Valley
Body Style Fox Valley Diesel SD70ACe
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD70 (Details)
Road or Company Name Arkansas & Missouri (Details)
Reporting Marks AM
Road or Reporting Number 71
Paint Color(s) Pink and Black with Blue Stripes
Print Color(s) Orange
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Series Name Norfolk Southern Heritage
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2017-04-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety SD70ACe
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era V: Modern Diesel (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Fox Valley introduced this model in 2014 with a second run in 2015. It is a modern split-frame locomotive with flywheels and other standard 3rd generation features. Specifically you will find: Multiple Variations; Front and Rear ditch lights; High or Low Headlights; Etched Metal Details; Standard Cab; Isolated Cab; FVM's Sharp Paint and Lettering; Wire Grab Irons; Painted Handrails and Step Edges; Correct Brass Horn .

The user-applied detail parts are a bit intimidating even for an intermediate modeler, but if you have the skills, you can make this model look awesome.

DCC Information: Accepts NEM-651 plug-in decoder.

Prototype History:
The EMD SD70 is a series of high-powered, single engined 4,000hp to 4,300hp, diesel-electric locomotives produced by Electro-Motive Division (EMD). All locomotives of this series are hood units with C-C trucks. Production commenced in late 1992 and since then over 4,000 units have been produced. The most produced models of the series are the SD70M, SD70MAC and SD70ACe models. All SD70 models were delivered with the self-steering radial truck HTCR , then from SD70ACe and SD70M-2 models, with non-radial HTSC truck. The radial truck allows the axles to steer in curves which reduces wear on the wheels and railhead.

The SD70ACe AC-traction diesel locomotive (most in the industry simply call them SD70 "Ace" or "Aces") is the successor to the older SD70MAC. It was first introduced in 2004, and has been in production since 2005. It was originally designed to comply with EPA Tier 2 locomotive emissions regulations. Beginning in 2012, newly built SD70ACe's were EPA Tier 3 compliant. SD70ACes are equipped with EMD's 16-710-G3C-T2 prime mover, rated at 4,300 horsepower (3,200 kW); later Tier 3 models are rated at 4,500 horsepower (3,400 kW). The model is still in production as EMD's primary long-haul domestic locomotive.
Although mechanically similar to earlier SD70 units, the SD70ACe rides on a new underframe and uses mostly new sheet metal above the frame. Electrical cables and air lines have been routed beneath the walkways on opposite sides, allowing easier access for maintenance. Continuing the designs of the SD80 and SD90 series, the radiator on the locomotive is nearly as wide as the cab, the center hood section is a step down below the roofline, and the dynamic brakes have been moved to the rear of the hood. The SD70ACe uses the cab design of late-model SD90MAC-H units, which uses rectangular window glass and is externally different from the two cab variations used on earlier SD70M and SD70MAC units. In 2008, EMD standardized the isolated cab on subsequent SD70ACes after non-isolated cab units were restricted from leading on BNSF Railway due to excessive cab vibration. Purchasers included ArcelorMittal, BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railway, CSX Transportation, Ferromex, Kansas City Southern Railway, Montana Rail Link, Norfolk Southern Railway, CVG Ferrominera Orinoco, Union Pacific Railroad, Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway, BHP Billiton, and shortline Arkansas and Missouri Railroad.

Read more on Wikipedia, on American-Rails.com and on Locomotive wiki.

Full EMD SD70ACe data sheet on The Diesel Workshop.

Road Name History:
The Arkansas & Missouri was established in 1986 by the same people who brought us the Maryland & Delaware Railroad. Burlington Northern had lost interest in and sold the former Frisco route from Monett, Missouri south to Fort Smith, Arkansas by way of Springdale, Fayetteville and Van Buren. The route also includes a branch to Bentonville. In total they run 139 miles of railroad. Most of the customers are located on the middle third of the railroad between Fayetteville and Bentonville. Traffic includes aluminum, animal feed, food products, grain, lumber, paper, plastics, sand, scrap, steel and minerals.

The A&M was an all-Alco powered road (Alco was also the preferred locomotive brand on sister road Maryland & Delaware.) That ended in 2013 when A&M acquired a trio of SD70Ace units that now lead the heaviest trains. A&M also runs tourist trains through the scenic Boston Mountains between April and November each year.

Brand/Importer Information:
Fox Valley Models is a small supplier of model railroad and related products. FVM started by finding solutions to different challenges that model railroaders were faced with. Our first products resulted from a need to equip custom built passenger cars with tinted windows made of an ideal material; thin, flexible, easy to cut, simple to install, available in multiple colors and be affordable. We met those needs and even included a frosted version for the car's lavatory windows.

Other challenges inspired additional products including wooden grade crossings, trestles and different lineside structures. As our product line expands, input and requests from friends and customers help shape the product selection further.

Future products, under development, include more parts, structures, details and rolling stock. We strive to offer a good quality product at an affordable price.

Item created by: gdm on 2017-04-19 08:23:29. Last edited by Alain LM on 2017-04-19 16:29:57

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