NEW Affordable EMD SD70ACe diesels coming soon from Walthers Mainline

April 5, 2015

Walthers Mainline is introducing a new model to appeal to the model railroader on a budget. These new SD70Ace HO Scale models will be available at White Rose Hobbies for only $99.99 for DC models and $159.99 for models with SoundTraxx Sound and DCC. They are expected to be in the shop June/July 2015. Pre-Orders should be in by April 30th to ensure that you get the one you want. Email ( us to get on the list. You can also contact us on our Facebook Page, don’t forget to like us when your there to see more product updates and other product information.


The Walthers ACe’s will be available in 4 road numbers, 2 DC and 2 DCC for each of the following road names in the initial release:

Burlington Northern Santa Fe – BNSF
Kansas City Southern – KCS
Canadian National – CN
Norfolk Southern – NS
Union Pacific – UP

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Athearn Genesis BNSF SD70ACe’s now in stock!

October 30, 2010

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Our Price

DC – $149.99 Item #’s ATHG68512, ATHG68513, ATHG68514 & ATHG68515

DCC + Tsunami Sound – $229.99 Item #’s ATHG68612, ATHG68613, ATHG68614, & ATHG68615

2010 Locomotive of the year? Athearn Genesis SD70ACe now has a release date!

January 21, 2010

The long awaited SD70Ace model from Athearn’s Genesis line is expected to be delivered to White Rose Hobbies this September. Available with or without SoundTraxx Tsunami sound, Athearn’s SD70ACe locomotive is a must-have for serious model-railroading enthusiasts.

Visit to see all the details today! You can add your email address to be notified when they arrive or place a firm pre-order now!

In order to meet the stricter diesel locomotive emissions standards imposed by the EPA Tier II regulations, EMD modified the SD70MAC and created the SD70ACe. The SD70ACe is powered by a 16 cylinder, 710G3C-T2 diesel engine, producing 4,300 horsepower. The engine drives an alternator producing AC current that is rectified to DC current and then “chopped” back into AC to power the traction motors. The engine and electrical system are similar to the SD70MAC, but updated with newer technology. Much of the external design is based on the SD90 series locomotives. Some of these 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 cab. Four demonstrator locomotives were built in 2003, followed by 20 pre-production units for CSX in 2004. Full production started in 2005 and through 2009, 820 SD70ACe’s have been built for the US and Mexico. Nine more were exported to Venezuela and 46 built for BHP Billiton’s iron ore operation in Pilbara, Australia. In addition 10 units from BNSF’s 2008 order were diverted to BHP. Union Pacific painted six units in paint schemes commemorating the six railroads that were merged into UP in the 1980’s and 1990’s and renumbered them for the year of the mergers.

The first run will include the following roadnames: Union Pacific/Missouri Pacific Heritage, BNSF, KCS, and Union Pacific.

MTH HO Scale CSX SD70ACe in Stock!

November 12, 2009

We have a very limited number of MTH HO SD70ACe’s in-stock! Click Here to pick one up today! These things will not last long!

Last 3 KATO UP Heritage SD70Aces have arrived!

October 9, 2009

The last 3 units in the UP Heritage Series have arrived! You can now add the Western Pacific, MKT, and MoPac SD70ACe’s to your collection.




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Very Limited!

July Product Updates!

July 3, 2009

There are many new products hitting the site this month! Most notably the second wave of the N Scale KATO SD70ACe in Southern Pacific and Chicago & Northwestern Heritage paint schemes. Also the newest N Scale car from Exactrail will be here in a few weeks, the Trinity Hy-Cube Boxcar.  In HO Scale we have the next releases from Exactrail. They have proven themselves with their first few cars and the new Trinity Hy-Cube Boxcar and PS-2CD 4427 Covered Hopper are another quality offering! Also the new Athearn Genesis F45’s with Soundtraxx Tsunami Sound.

N Scale

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HO Scale

TTX FBOXPS-2CD 4427Available for Pre-Order now on

Athearn SD70ACe/SD70M-2 Update!

June 18, 2009

From Athearn July 17th

Ever since we purchased the state-of-the-art SD70ACe / SD70M-2 tooling from Tower 55, there has been much speculation on what we would do with it.  Rest assured, despite all the other new and upgraded projects in the pipeline, we have not forgotten about the SD70ACe and SD70M-2!

As fans of these burly locomotives can attest, there have been many phase variations and railroad options on these, in addition to common details, and we are hard at work covering as many variations of these as possible.  Fortunately, the basic tooling design will allow us to cover many of these as separate components, including features such as:

  • Different Inverter Cabinet Panels
  • Different Rear Sand Filler Placements
  • “Isolated” Cabs
  • Alternate Fuel Fill and Gauge Placements
  • Different Anticlimbers
  • Early/Late Jacking Pads
  • High and Low Headlights
  • Dynamic Brake Louver Panels
  • And Much, Much More!

Naturally, we realize that running quality is just as important as looks, so these models will have the proven Genesis® motor and drivetrain in order to deliver smooth and powerful performance.  Of course, sound-equipped units will come equipped with Soundtraxx Tsunami-brand digital sound decoders, as included in all current Genesis® sound-equipped locomotive models.  There are many different paint schemes that we will be doing on these models, including the colorful Union Pacific “Heritage” schemes on the SD70ACes.

So at the moment, in addition to covering all those details we mentioned previously, we are also busy engineering and tooling the final bits and pieces needed to complete the basic tooling we acquired … things such as handrails, chassis, mechanism, and so forth.  We are hoping to have test shots within the next few months.

Once all of the parts are ready, we focus on the fit and finish, as well as the proper running performance of the assembled model.  Once we feel they’re ready to begin production, we’ll announce the road names and paint schemes for the first run.  If everything goes as planned, we should be able to do that later this year.

So … the Athearn Genesis® SD70ACes and SD70M-2s are on the way, and will be well worth the wait!