Athearn Genesis 70659 Union Pacific SD70M #4884 DCC Sound HO

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Detailed Information


  • 2 Panel flared grilles
  • UP style plow
  • Yellow sill
  • front ditch lights
  • PTC antenna
  • late EMD “radial” trucks


  • UP 4884 was used in 2014 to pilot UP Steam Big Boy 4014 to Cheyenne,Wyoming 


All units: 

  • As delivered
  • large EMD plow
  • front ditch lights
  • Nathan P-3 horn
  • early EMD “radial” trucks.

Delivered in 1995 as part of EMD’s lease fleet, these units roamed on many different railroad’s before being sold to CSX in the early 2000’s. Most notably, they were seen leased to SP and UP in their early years and put through just about any service the railroads could throw at them. This version depicts the “as-built” appearance.


  • Ex EMDX lease units


  • Ex-Demo 7002; White cab roof
  • rear number boards
  • mis-matched sunshades
  • faded ‘Lightning Bolt’ on cab side
  • small EMD plow.


  • Ex-EMD Lease unit. Blue cab roof
  • CSX-style GPS Dome
  • Large EMD plow.


  • Ex-EMD Lease unit. White cab roof
  • CSX-style GPS Dome
  • Large EMD plow.


  • Ex-EMD Lease unit. White cab roof
  • CSX-style GPS Dome
  • Large EMD plow.


  • CN “website” scheme 
  • CN style plow
  • Correct trucks per road number
  • Forward and reverse ditch lights 
  • Nathan K3L horn


  • Early EMD trucks


  • Late EMD trucks


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately painted and printed paint schemes 
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Flexible rubber MU hoses
  • Flexible rubber trainline hose
  • See through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance 
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes 
  • Sander lines
  • McHenry scale knuckle couplers - Kadee compatible
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation 
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track 
  • LED lighting for realistic appearance
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds model for safe storage


  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode 
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Precision slow speed control
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • CV chart included in the box


Continuing upon the successful SD60-series, in 1992 EMD debuted the next step in locomotive evolution with the SD70-series. While outwardly similar at first glance to the SD60M, the D.C.-drive SD70M featured several external design refinements from the predecessor model. Battery boxes were relocated to the left-hand side walkway immediately behind the cab, a large, boxy forward traction motor blower housing replaced the angular version used on SD60s, the raised walkway duct on the left hand walkway was eliminated, and an intake for the rear traction motor blower on the left hand side of the carbody, directly under the rear radiator intake grill, was added.

Internally, the SD70 boasted improvements as well; a 16-710GB prime mover, rated at 4,000hp, was coupled to a new alternator design, the AR20. New D70TR traction motors were standard, and controlling all of this power and locomotive function was EMD’s new EM2000 microprocessor, which boasted more memory, twice the processing speed, and improved locomotive self-diagnostic capabilities compared to the processor suite used in the SD60. Even more revolutionary was the inclusion of EMD’s patented “Radial” truck design, the HTC-R. This design, which made its debut under EMD Demo SD60 #3, replaced the venerable HT-C truck, and is unique in its ability to shift, or “steer”, the wheelsets laterally through curves, resulting in greatly reduced wheelset and track wear, and coupled with the new D70TR traction motors and EM2000 microprocessor, greatly improved adhesion.

Continuing with previous practice, EMD built a set of Demonstrator SD70Ms, EMD 7000-7002, all equipped with the North American safety-cab (hence the “M” in their model designation), and decked out in an attractive gray, silver, and burgundy paint scheme. These units travelled all over North America, showing off the latest technology from EMD. Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and eventually Norfolk Southern would sign up for the SD70M models. Although NS started out with the “Spartan” cab SD70, they eventually returned for the SD70M model. By 2004 the SD70M began to be delivered with the familiar “flared” radiator grilles. Both NS and UP have examples of these locomotives on their roster, and you can still find most of the entire fleet of SD70Ms in regular service today.


DCC: Equipped
SOUND: Tsunami2
Axles: 6
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Is Assembly Required: No