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2013 Trainfest Announcements

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HO “Modernized” SD70ACe

Only Athearn® North American HO SD70ACe locomotives offer details appropriate from the original 2004 design to the latest version rolling off EMD's assembly line in Muncie, Indiana. Recent orders from Union Pacific feature the PTC antenna array and water sight glass. EMD's demonstrator fleet also includes the water sight glass. The latest Canadian National SD70M-2 has marker lights front and rear, upper headlight blanking plate, nose headlight, and rear rock pilot.

Our latest SD70ACe offering includes roadname specific details, smooth performance, and exceptional quality you’ve come to expect from a Genesis® model. As usual, the SD70ACe is available DCC-ready or with DCC and SoundTraxx® Tsunami® sound pre-installed at the factory. Add our latest SD70ACe to your roster and you’ll be holding all the “ACes”.

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HO GP39X and GP49

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Southern Style

Southern purchased six GP39X locomotives produced by EMD. In keeping with Southern’s unique style, they included a high short hood, controls set-up for long hood forward operation, walkway safety lights, bell mounted on the long hood end, and more. While the experimental GP39X resembled a Phase I GP50, the revised clean air compartment, engine and radiator compartment door arrangement, and pair of 48” Q-Fans differentiated them from their high-horsepower cousin. In 1982, the GP39X locomotives were given mechanical upgrades prompting their re-designation to GP49.

For the first time ever in HO scale, this one-of-a-kind EMD locomotive will be available as a highly-detailed, ready-to-run model as only the Athearn Genesis team can deliver. We’re offering all six road numbers for both Southern and Norfolk Southern. This will be the only production run for at least three years, so be sure to preorder at your favorite retailer and experience southern style.

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HO Southern Pacific Mt-4 with Skyline Casing

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They Do Exist!

The wait is almost over. We're preparing to begin production for our much anticipated Southern Pacific 4-8-2 Mt-4 Mountain with Skyline Casing. This classic steam locomotive features see through running boards, spoked or Boxpok main drivers, corrugated pilot or snowplow, detailed backhead, and numerous separately applied detail parts including piping, valves and, generator. The Mt-4 comes to life with optional SoundTraxx® Tsunami® sound .

Preorder now for summer 2014 delivery. You’ll find this exquisite model has been well worth the wait.

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HO Santa Fe “Topeka Cab” Chop Nose Rebuild Preview

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  • All-new tooling
  • Three versions:
    • Phase I GP7u: 86” tall engine compartment doors
    • Phase II GP7u: 86” + 82” tall engine compartment doors
    • Phase II GP9u
  • “Topeka” cab with interior
  • “Blanked” dynamic brake housings where applicable
  • ATSF-modified slotted and deleted sidesill “skirts”
  • Blomberg-B “modified” truck sideframes with outer brake shoes deleted
  • ATSF-added “pointed” pilot plows where appropriate
  • Long or Short step box behind cab on conductor’s side where appropriate
  • Cab roof details as appropriate
    • Air conditioner
    • Prime Stratolite warning beacon
    • Antenna ground plane
  • ATSF-added inertial air filter hatch plate as appropriate
  • Salem air filter detail as appropriate

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Item numbers, road numbers, retail, and ETA: TBD

Disclaimer: Locomotive assembled with early test parts and is for representative purposes only.  This is not the final model.

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