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Prototype Information
The General Motors Locomotive Group (GMLG) Electro-Motive Division (EMD) SD70MAC is one of the most common locomotives plying the rails today. Originally introduced in late 1993 with an order for the Burlington Northern, the production now totals over 900 units, exceeding the combined production of the SD80MAC and SD90MAC locomotives by over 300 units.
Designed to be a solid locomotive to upgrade the Burlington Northern fleet, the SD70MAC has its origins in the SD60MAC design demonstrated on the BN.

At this time, the SD70MAC, in all of its versions, has been operated by six different railroads in a total of eight different paint schemes. The railroads that operate this locomotive span from East to West and from Mexico to Alaska! The locomotives are used to haul all kinds of freight, and even passenger trains (Alaska Railroad). For comparison, the SD80MAC has been operated in three paint schemes and the SD90MAC has been operated by three railroads in four paint schemes.

Model Features

Kato's new SD-70 MAC's feature...
Bright-white™ LED headlight.
Printed numberboards.
MU hose detail.
Magnetic knuckle couplers.
DCC Friendly--designed for simple installation of digital decoders. New MRC Sound decoder available below!
These models will be equipped with all-wheel electrical pick-up and blackened metal wheels in trucks that replicate the HTCR Phase II trucks.
All models will be equipped with Kato's new profile blackened metal wheels (similar to those used on the smooth-running P42's).
All models are equipped with the powerful KATO five-pole motor with dual brass flywheels.
Roadname Information
  • BNSF Executive Scheme
    As noted above in the Prototype History, the SD70MAC grew out of the EMD/BN SD60MAC demonstrators. The first SD70MAC was delivered to the BN in 1993 and established a standard locomotive type that remains a favorite on BNSF today. Even after the BN+ATSF=BNSF merger, the SD70MAC continued to be painted in the classy "Executive" scheme. BNSF #9837, manufactured in March, 1997, was the final new locomotive to be painted in the BN Executive scheme.
  • BNSF Heritage II Scheme
    The attractive BNSF Heritage II Scheme, also known as the "Premium Heritage Scheme," evolved from a special paint job applied to SD60M #9297. (Photos are available from The BNSF Photo Archive and BNSFpix.com.) This locomotive was painted in a slightly different scheme on both sides, and based on employee input, the Heritage II Scheme was developed! The original Heritage I scheme is still applied to standard cab locomotives, as shown on our previously produced SD40-2 Snoot Nose, however all wide cab locomotives now receive the Heritage II Scheme when repainted. Both the Heritage I and Heritage II Schemes are based on colors and logos from BNSF predecessor railroads.
  • Conrail
    An astute modeler will note that the road numbers Conrail assigned to their SD70MAC locomotives (4130-4144) fall neatly in line behind the road numbers assigned to their previously delivered SD80MACs (4100-4129). Conrail had placed an order with EMD for additional SD80MAC locomotives. But, then the NS & CSX merger/split with Conrail occured and the two new owners divided all locomotives right down the middle. Because this was a pending order, and CSX and NS were now in control, they were able to make order modifications. According to the Conrail Cyclopedia, Norfolk Southern converted their allotment of the second SD80MAC order into standard cab SD70 locomotives, while CSX converted their order into wide cab SD70MAC locomotives. Delivered in Conrail paint, these locomotives were built to the specifications of their future owners (note no red warning lights on CR SD70MACs). These were Conrail's final locomotives.
  • CSX
    On the CSX, the hard-working SD70MAC (known by the CSX as the SD70AC) is assigned to the Cumberland Coal Division. Delivered in 1997, CSX's original 75 locomotives were supplemented with an additional 15 from the Conrail merger. Prototype photos of CSX SD70MAC locomotives are available from the CSX Photo Archives.
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N Scale EMD SD70 MAC's

BNSF Swoosh Logo SD70MAC
... In both Cab Headlight & Nose Headlight Versions

Kato is happy to announce the SD70MAC in BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) “Swoosh” logo locos in both Cab Headlight and Nose Headlight variations. The “Swoosh” paint scheme is the latest look for the BNSF rail road; at once celebrating its past history, while at the same time modernizing its look for the future.
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Kato BNSF Swoosh Logo SD70MAC
BNSF Swoosh Logo Cab HL SD70MAC
ITEM # KA-1766309 - Road # 9839 -

LIST: $110.00

BNSF Heritage II Cab HL SD70MAC
ITEM # KA-1766311 - Road # 9863 - Now in stock!

LIST: $105.00

Conrail Quality EMD SD-70 MAC, #4137
ITEM # KA-1766306
LIST: $104.98

Kato is now sold out of all CSX Bright Future SD70MAC's.

CSX Bright Future EMD SD-70 MAC, #701
ITEM # KA-1766307 - Original Rd # -
LIST: $104.98
CSX Bright Future EMD SD-70 MAC, #727
ITEM # KA-1766307A - Last rd # released -
LIST: $104.98
Also Available EMD SD70 MAC's w/HTCR Trucks

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Also Available EMD SD70 MAC's w/Nose Headlight

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Also Available EMD SD70 MAC's w/Straight Radiators

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