ScaleTrains HO Scale: EMD SD70ACu - DCC & Sound - Canadian Pacific 'Navy'
PROTOTYPE SPECIFIC INFORMATION In September of 2014, Norfolk Southern purchased 100 ex-Union Pacific SD90MAC locomotives from EMD/Progress Rail to assist in the high volume traffic that NS was experiencing. As AC traction was being more accepted by the railroad, which previously had relied solely on DC power, the 90MACs fit the new direction of motive power for the railroad.
Starting in 2016, NS began the SD70ACU capital rebuild program using the SD90MAC units as cores. All major components were either overhauled or replaced, including an overhaul of the 710G3C prime mover. Most notable in the rebuild is that from the electrical cabinet forward, all new components were used, including a new ACe style isolated cab with AAR-style control stand. The new electrical cabinet contains Mitsubishi electronics, replacing the 90MAC’s original Siemens equipment.
Later, starting in 2018, Canadian Pacific announced a plan to acquire 30 SD70ACU units from EMD/Progress Rail using their laid up fleet of SD90MAC locomotives as core units. That number was later increased from 30 to 60. They also acquired 2 ex-Union Pacific units, in 2019.
In September of 2019, CP unveiled two Heritage painted locomotives in the Tuscan and Grey paint schemes; one unit, 7010, using the Canadian Pacific script lettering and the other unit, 7015, utilizing the Roman font. CP has painted 10 units in this scheme, 5 with the script style lettering and 5 with the Roman style lettering.
In November of 2019, CP painted 5 SD70ACU’s into 5 separate military inspired paint schemes. These units commemorate the Army, Navy, Air Force and a special tribute locomotive for D-Day wearing camo and the Allied invasion stripes used on June 6, 1944.
All Canadian Pacific units have been completed in 2020 and can been found plying the rails of Canada and the US, with a few having even reached Mexico!
Rebuilt from Canadian Pacific SD90MAC core units
Rebuilt units have added rear ditch lights per prototype
Raised walkways for snow management
Dual trainlines per CP prototype
Air line bracket on front truck
Nathan K3 horn
Nose mounted headlight per CP practice
CP style front plow
CP style PTC antenna array
Military unit cab details - no blue flag brackets and center mounted nose door lock
The most authentic art possible; all artwork created in cooperation with Canadian Pacific and all colors matched to official color chips
ROAD NUMBER SPECIFIC FEATURES:
Navy - This Canadian Pacific locomotive is painted in RCN Shipside Grey and Oxide Red with black markings and a black band to mimic the “boot top stripe” used in the color pattern of modern warships. The road numbers use the same font used currently by the Royal Canadian Navy and are enlarged to represent the hull numbers found on Navy equipment.
Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes; using railroad supplied paint chips for accuracy
Coupler cut levers
Flexible rubber MU hoses
Flexible rubber trainline hose
See-through cab windows
Full cab interior
Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
Wire grab irons
Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes
McHenry scale knuckle couplers - Kadee compatible
Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain
All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
LED lighting for realistic appearance
Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
Packaging securely holds model for safe storage
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