Athearn Genesis HO SD70ACe, UP #9088



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In order to meet stricter diesel locomotive emissions standards imposed by EPA Tier II regulations, EMD modified the SD70MAC to create the SD70ACe and SD70M-2. Each model is powered by a 16-cylinder, 4300-horsepower diesel engine. On the SD70M-2, the prime mover drives an alternator and produces AC current that is rectified to DC current, which powers the traction motors. On the SD70ACe, the DC current is then “chopped” back into AC to power the traction motors.

Much of the external design is based on the SD90 series locomotives. Similar features include the full height nose door and rectangular windshields, the large flared radiators with two fans, and the positioning of the dynamic brake equipment at the rear of the long hood. In addition, the inverters were moved from inside the long hood to a box on the walkway behind the fireman’s side of the cab.


The effort continues to enhance Athearn Genesis models per customer requests and feedback. Moving forward, the EMD SD70ACe will posess the following features:

  • All lighting now feature new LEDs
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability

  • New 9000 series UP designation SD70AH
  • Tier 4 credit units built in 2016
  • PTC antenna array
  • Nose mount headlight
  • Illuminated front ditch lights
  • Late handrails
  • UP 9088 ran with UP 1943 as it toured the country on display

    • New for the SD70ACe and SD70M-2, LED lighting
    • Correctly-sized illuminated ditch lights
    • Snowplow
    • Front and rear trainline air hose with silver tips
    • Multiple unit (MU) hoses with silver tips
    • Coupler cut bars
    • Train line air hoses
    • Flat or tapered front and rear anticlimbers
    • Safety tread on the walkways
    • Nose or cab mounted headlight
    • Standard or isolated cab
    • Windshield wipers
    • Tinted side windows
    • Mirrors
    • Detailed and painted cab interior with control stand, display screens, detailed crew seats and optional grade crossing camera
    • Airchime K5LLA horn with square or “tube” style mounting bracket
    • GPS Domes or PTC antennas per prototype
    • Inverter box with original X-panels, X-panels with retrofitted louvers, factory louvers, late EMD large intake or retrofit large intake
    • See-through radiator fans
    • Etched dynamic brake grille and screen with appropriate grid detail underneath
    • Dynamic brake louver variations per prototype
    • Chicago Blower brand air blower visible behind the see-through grilles at the rear of the locomotive
    • Early or late hand brake housing and wheel
    • Early or Late Sander Brackets
    • Factory installed wire grab irons
    • Jacking pads per prototype
    • Plumbing alongside the frame appropriate to the specific railroad and purchase order
    • Fuel tanks with single or dual fuel fillers
    • HTCR or HTSC trucks per prototype
    • Non-sound QuickPlug™ equipped with NEM 21-pin DCC plug
    • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
    • Minimum radius: 18”
    • Recommended radius: 22”