Athearn SD70M

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by davidone, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. davidone

    davidone New Member

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    Anybody have the new Athearn SD70M's? I ordered 3 of the UP flag units w/flared rads. Although they look great in pics i was wondering about details, how the run, etc.

    Thanks, Dave
  2. jbaakko

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    Nope here, but I wish Athearn would get off their ARSE and make an HO version!
  3. SeriousSam

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    I have two SD70Ms with the flared radiators in the NS. Also, I have a BNSF SD75 and I must say that when you first get them, they run a little loud. but once you break them in, they are very smooth. They are pretty strong pullers and they have really nice details (warning labels, sharp lettering, interior cab seats, trucks etc...). I have never had any electrical problems and I run the NS ones pretty often. They dont stall or anything. I deffinetly recomend them
  4. brakie

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    I have 2 NS SD70Ms and they are smooth runners and pull quite well.
  5. COMBAT

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    I wonder if these guys will help or hurt Athearn since they own them now??:confused:


    http://www.horizonhobby.com/
  6. brakie

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    No..If you have any doubts look at all the new and retooled products Athearn has made in HO and N Scale since Horizon bought Athearn..BTW..Athearn is STILL in CHARGE of PRODUCTION not Horizon.
  7. COMBAT

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    Ahhh, ???? Then why buy them? :)
  8. railohio

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    Someday I'll get around to picking up the trio of NYSW units... someday.
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    Probably for the reason Walthers bought Like Likes model train division to expand their product line?
  10. jbaakko

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    Horizion has owned them for some time now, I'm semi'glad that the deal when through, all the RPP re-tooling's. However, I don't see why they stopped using Walthers as a supplier...
  11. COMBAT

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    Maybe Walthers wanted to do something or wanted something from them they didnt agree with. Who knows, the thing I am happy about is the fact they still make a good engine. I think ALL of them are over priced but what are ya gonna do you know. :)
  12. railohio

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    Because Horizion is Walther's main competitor as a hobby distributor. I got a good guess Walthers only purchased Life-Like to make sure they still had products to distribute down the road.
  13. COMBAT

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    I heard Walthers is trying to put a few places out of buisness. They have been doing some harsh price cutting on stuff to sell it. I think maybe they are just trying to move back stock. :)