A look at CSX's new order of SD-70AC's.

7600EM_1 Dec 16, 2003

  1. 7600EM_1

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    Corey,
    You are right, they ARE a half breed! They're not fully SD-70ACE's nor SD-70MAC's....

    A mix of the 2 engine breeds all in one, with alittle of the ACE's, an alittle of the old MAC's.

    I wouldn't mind seeing CSX with a few SD-70ACE's tho! I love the flaired radiator looks! Makes them look mean, I'm not one for the sleek look as they were.... Gives the body, some dimention!

    I surely do like the look of the GE, C-44's an the C44AC's, and the C60AC, I like the look of the C60AC's tho. I want to get my hands on a good powered Athearn C44AC, an just a body to one as well, to kitbash a C60AC. And then the special CSX paint, with the yellow lettering outlined in blue..... I liked the looks of that paint scheme! :D But, this is a future kitbash.....
     
  2. YoHo

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    I said mostly right. ;)
     
  3. ajy6b

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    I have seen a few of the new 70macs up here. Someone referred to them as SD70mace or something like that.

    My only comment is that I like them better than the C40-8w's and the AC44-6's they seem to be replacing on the boston line.

    One other note, it could be an optical illusion, but the CSX initials look smaller on the front.
     
  4. BrianS

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    The nose lettering is smaller compared to other units. I think the larger type looks better myself.
     
  5. friscobob

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    You guys are complaining about that "dark blue dip job" that CSX has gone to- here in Sherman, we have an ex-CSX SD45-2 (now owned by Helm), leased to DGNO in the blue and (mostly) gray. How uninspiring is that? :rolleyes:

    For the record, I like the "Bright Future" paint job too. I see 'em every now & then on UP freights up in Ray Yard at Denison.- They make a pleasant break from all that yellow & gray.
     
  6. BrianS

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    Don't evenget me started on the junk Helm leases out...
     
  7. BrianS

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    Here are two photos to illustrate the change in the nose lettering on YN3 painted units.

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    Here's a craptacular shot of the nose of a new SD70MAC, 4726 at Sterling, Ohio on January 6, 2004. FM-10, 135mm f/2.8 AIS, Provia 100F.

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    Here's a shot of 8729, an EMD SD60I, at Hancock, West Virginia on October 25, 2003. N80, 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 AF, Provia 100F.
     
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    Vey nice shots Brian! I like the shot with the new SD-70AC! And the SD-60I is looking good too!

    Where'd you snap the shot of the new AC ? I haven't seen any of them on Sand Patch yet.... But then, I think they all went your way, or close to it....
     
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    Sterling, Ohio on the New Castle Subdivision.

    I was in Cumberland last weekend and probably saw a dozen of 'em around town.

    [ 25. January 2004, 21:38: Message edited by: BrianS ]
     
  10. 7600EM_1

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    Thanks Brian! I was wondering! I been looking for them every time I'm in Cumberland... But that hasn't been recently, the weathers really been bad so. I been staying in doors an working in the shop....

    Where did you happen to see them all tho? out along the road by the hump or just spread all around in the Cumberland limits?
     
  11. chessie

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    I caught my first picture of one of these units last week... it was on the point of the northbound juice train... early morning sun, not the best light, but it is O.K. I'll post a copy here

    Harold
     
  12. chessie

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    Here's my shot, same unit # as Brian's, but not nearly the quality [​IMG]

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    Harold
     
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    Harold,
    Still a nice shot tho! And with that C-60AC in the back with the Bright Future II on it makes one wonder how a SD-70AC would look with the same, or close the same Bright Future I! :D
     
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    *cough gag sputter*

    Not the best light? That is the best light!

    *sigh*

    Viaduct Junction, Amtrak station, Virginia Avenue, and back in the shops.
     
  15. ajy6b

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    Here's a shot of 8729, an EMD SD60I, at Hancock, West Virginia on October 25, 2003. N80, 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 AF, Provia 100F. [/QB][/QUOTE]


    Maybe this should be a different thread, but is HO tower still open. I was down that way in fall 2000 and caught the local backing down the branch there. "R" tower had been recently closed. Just wondering
     
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    Da HO at Hancock is still open. Last March there was a lady that was second trick oprator that was really friendly but when I was there this past October there was a guy working first trick that was a real... err... well... he wasn't very nice. *sigh*
     
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    Thanks Brian.... I get back in Cumberland I'll have a look around see what I can find sitting around! So, basically they're spread around down there, good to know this! :cool:
     

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